Originally founded back in 1970, with just 55 finishers, the New York City Marathon has evolved into one of the world's preeminent long-distance running events and the single biggest marathon on earth. 2018's race played host to an astonishing 52,812 finishers, while 105,184 people applied to take part.
2019's race is shaping up to be even bigger, as a whopping 117,709 folks submitted applications to the race's free, non-guaranteed drawing. Less than nine per cent – 10,150 – of those entries were ultimately selected for the race, while the rest of the field will be made up of slots given to world-class runners and charity partners.
Of those charity partners, NYC-based non-profit New York Road Runners (NYRR) is the most prominent, hosting hundreds of annual races, events and programs throughout the Five Boroughs to inspire people through running. Since 2015, NYRR and the New York City Marathon have also been partnering with New Balance to further elevate the November race and its philanthropic endeavours. And you know what that means for sneakerheads: oodles of limited-edition NYRR x NB footwear.
With 2019's November 3 race date just around the corner, we're taking a comprehensive look back at the NYRR x NB colabs to date – including this year's brand new drop.
Check out our history of NYRR and New Balance's race-ready collaborations below, and shop the 2019 drops now via the NB webstore – they're the next best thing to getting an official bib and spot at the starting line.