By the Numbers: The 40th Anniversary of the Chicago Marathon

If you like numbers, this one's for you.

We got access to the official 40th anniversary edition of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon media guide, so we decided to have a bit of fun with it. This handy media guide gives us a look at the Chicago Marathon by the numbers, that otherwise would get overlooked. For example, did you know the marathon gives out 75,000 bananas on race day? Probably not. Below is some more big data. Enjoy.

People

Field size (approx.): 40,000

Finishers in 2016: 39,313

Largest finisher field (2014): 40,659

Finishers since 1977: 741,021

Abbott Health & Fitness Expo attendees: 140,000

Race day volunteers: 12,000

Medical personnel: 1,500

Course marshals: 400

Massage therapists: 400

Media credentials: 400

Estimated on-course spectators: 1.7 million

International runners: 10,000

Charity runners: 10,000

Nike+ Run Club Pacers: 100

Geography

Official Chicago neighborhoods (on course): 29

Countries represented: 129

U.S. States represented: 50

Food and beverages

Aid stations: 20

Gatorade Endurance Formula (gallons): 48,000

Water (gallons): 77,760

Gatorade Endurance Energy Gels (individual packets): 56,000

ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars: 57,000

Bananas: 75,000

Granola bars: 70,000

Chips (individual bags): 47,000

Belvita Breakfast Biscuits: 47,000

Charity Program

Charity teams: 173

Charity dollars raised in 2016: $16.9 million

Charity dollars raised since 2002: $167 million

Other materials

Official programs: 75,000

Spectator guides: 120,000

Street pole banners: 450

Port-a-potties: 1,500

Safety pins: 200,000

Water cups: 1.3 million

Gatorade cups: 1.1 million

Heat sheets: 41,000

Trash bags: 4,000 clear trash bags

Bank of America Chicago Marathon prize purse

Open division men/women

1st: $100,000

2nd: $75,000

3rd: $50,000

4th: $30,000

5th: $25,000

Wheelchair division men/women

1st: $15,000

2nd: $10,000

3rd: $8,000

4th: $6,000

5th: $4,000

6th: $2,500

7th: $1,500

8th: $1,000

9th: $750

10th: $500

American division men/women

1st: $15,000

2nd: $12,000

3rd: $10,000

4th: $5,000

5th: $4,500

6th: $3,000

7th: $2,500

8th: $1,500

9th: $1,000

10th: $500

Illinois division men/women

1st: $3,000

2nd: $2,500

3rd: $2,000

4th: $1,500

5th: $1,000

Masters division men/women

1st: $2,000

2nd: $1,750

3rd: $1,500

4th: $1,250

5th: $1,000

Total prize purse: $803,500

Time bonuses

Open division men

Course Record: 2:03:45: $75,000

Open division women

Course Record: 2:17:18: $75,000

Wheelchair division men

Course Record: 1:26:56: $5,000

Wheelchair division women

Course Record: 1:41:10: $5,000

Participant demographics

Female/male breakdowns by age group

GenderDescriptionPercentage of field
M 16 to 19 0.27%
M 20 to 24 1.83%
M 25 to 29 5.61%
M 30 to 34 7.44%
M 35 to 39 8.50%
M 40 to 44 8.63%
M 45 to 49 7.53%
M 50 to 54 5.19%
M 55 to 59 3.18%
M 60 to 64 1.62%
M 65 to 69 0.69%
M 70 to 74 0.22%
M 75 to 79 0.04%
M 80 and older 0.02%

Total: 50.79%

Average male age: 41.1

GenderDescriptionPercentage of field
W 16 to 19 0.30%
W 20 to 24 3.34%
W 25 to 29 8.26%
W 30 to 34 8.49%
W 35 to 39 8.34%
W 40 to 44 8.06%
W 45 to 49 5.93%
W 50 to 54 3.66%
W 55 to 59 1.76%
W 60 to 64 0.76%
W 65 to 69 0.24%
W 70 to 74 0.06%
W 75 to 79 0.01%
W 80 and older 0.00%

Total: 49.21%

Average female age: 37.9

Participants by state

State20172016201520142013201220112010200920082007
Alabama 185 171 158 102 135 122 129 95 159 148 145
Alaska 58 47 36 37 25 38 57 23 54 29 36
Arizona 273 226 188 177 123 217 162 152 158 176 191
Arkansas 133 99 85 92 59 136 90 135 106 85 118
California 2,540 2,208 1,681 1,484 1,074 1,535 1,131 1,155 1,042 1,218 1,210
Colorado 778 633 526 467 478 645 567 533 570 607 735
Connecticut 376 305 198 190 172 247 196 171 197 184 188
Delaware 55 36 30 31 14 37 27 25 31 45 39
Florida 1,762 1,559 1,327 1,002 990 1,106 962 939 989 1,030 1,185
Georgia 812 769 596 515 477 563 502 487 604 688 646
Hawaii 32 30 28 47 22 36 19 39 21 26 25
Idaho 28 35 36 22 26 38 48 23 41 37 35
Illinois 20,912 21,337 16,796 17,317 18,623 22,458 19,233 19,408 19,172 20,973 18,084
Indiana 1,473 1,500 1,333 1,332 1,360 1,763 1,654 1,628 1,605 1,627 1,409
Iowa 628 579 535 491 566 799 785 729 982 720 581
Kansas 360 252 247 221 282 295 301 300 352 363 361
Kentucky 327 326 240 227 267 294 297 339 344 312 209
Louisiana 119 142 78 68 88 84 57 77 112 71 99
Maine 63 47 38 36 43 58 41 39 44 25 32
Maryland 601 442 320 234 244 303 292 284 253 285 283
Massachusetts 1,980 1,699 1,456 934 758 890 791 755 840 812 858
Michigan 1,491 1,290 1,262 1,104 1,192 2,309 1,518 1,647 1,628 1,733 1,513
Minnesota 652 534 538 529 418 670 537 545 609 629 564
Mississippi 63 54  51  58  87  61 56  48  64  459  222
Missouri  743  633 569  497  524  783  647  796  1,010  1,047  926
Montana 28 21 20 13 17 41 41 22 27 31 28
Nebraska 150 133 118 127 130 193 184 169 191 193 162
Nevada 83 82 64 42 33 55 60 36 36 39 64
New Hampshire 221 131 123 90 61 88 79 64 56 177 71
New Jersey 1,011 682 489 373 271 404 322 349 280 330 364
New Mexico 67 60 61 46 44 78 69 69 65 55 56
New York 3,486 2,515 1,802 1,343 1,155 1,487 1,170 1,242 1,058 1,184 1,095
North Carolina 878 681 592 398 449 452 433 445 482 464 415
North Dakota 55 23 26 25 25 18 39 16 21 12 27
Ohio 876 854 778 735 692 935 805 791 930 865 778
Oklahoma 190 209 147 136 133 168 135 136 95 123 98
Oregon 187 198 165 133 136 112 150 106 112 99 100
Pennsylvania 752 644 493 399 383 399 354 392 322 408 365
Rhode Island 100 75 45 37 31 30 22 49 32 47 33
South Carolina 210 194 165 100 117 151 123 181 136 170 147
South Dakota 49 34 28 28 34 56 43 49 47 22 30
Tennessee 402 453 341 259 277 404 282 305 374 278 280
Texas 1,735 1,798 1,410 1,096 983 1,218 1,080 1,264 1,136 991 1,076
Utah 86 86 58 56 24 49 57 66 47 56 27
Vermont 31 658 41 27 23 24 23 30 67 27 38
Virginia 794 33 435 374 301 419 421 366 453 441 435
Washington 519 379 274 236 229 325 228 240 247 245 236
Washington D.C. 291 328 257 202 156 222 34 150 172 190 156
West Virginia 41 36 28 21 41 44 299 22 34 20 37
Wisconsin 1,109 1,013 908 933 936 1,259 1,142 1,136 1,340 1,276 1,169
Wyoming 15 15 16 13 8 18 10 20 21 14 11

Participants by country

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