Numbers that define the marathon

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The New York City Marathon is the world's largest marathon, so understandably a lot goes into planning such a sporting event. From records to portable toilets to bottled water, we break down some of the numbers behind Sunday's latest edition in the Big Apple:

My, how racing has changed ...

A look at how much marathon participation has increased over the past 45 years; the entry fee below is the average cost (Source: Runner's World):

Fueling for the finish

From prerace jitters to drinking java to get a quick jolt before race time, here is how the starting line will be stocked before runners cross the Verrazano Bridge (Source: New York Road Runners):

Help along the route

With 50,000 participants, the NYC Marathon course will provide respites along the 26.2 miles (Source: NYRR):

Setting the standard

While race participation continues to increase (the NYC record of 50,530 finishers in 2014 was the most of any marathon), the elites will have these times to chase (Source: NYRR):

Feel the burn

No matter the time or place finish, every runner reacts differently to 26.2 miles. Marathon officials have made sure any medical issue is set to have a solution (Source: NYRR):