The 2024 TCS London Marathon has set a world record by receiving the most applications ever to be submitted to a marathon.
Marathon organizers say 578,374 hopefuls from the United Kingdom and across the globe entered the ballot for the 2024 TCS London Marathon, marking the first time the number of applications to a marathon has topped half a million. The previous world record total of 457,861 applications was set pre-pandemic in 2019 for the 2020 London Marathon.
Almost 53 per cent of the 457,105 applications from UK residents for 2024 were from men and 46.4 per cent were from women; the non-binary category received 0.6 per cent of total UK applications. A further 121,269 non-UK residents applied on the international ballot.
“This incredible new world record reflects the extraordinary inspirational effect of the TCS London Marathon on April 23,” says Hugh Brasher, event director for the TCS London Marathon. “We saw a record number of more than 48,600 finishers on marathon day and more than 8,200 children took part in the mass TCS Mini London Marathon the day before.”
Brasher said marathon organizers work “to inspire activity in people of all ages and abilities and these record-breaking numbers show how the TCS London Marathon weekend does that. The unique camaraderie and togetherness that participants feel when they take part in the London Marathon continues to have an extraordinary impact on the desire for people to take part. It is an event that inspires people to take up running and to raise millions for charity.”
The ballot for the 2024 TCS London Marathon was operated for the first time by Let’s Do This as part of a new five-year partnership. Founded in 2017 and headquartered in London, LDT is the registration partner for many of the leading running events around the world.
The TCS London Marathon always attracts a strong contingent of Canadian runners, however, there were no Canadians in the elite field in the 2023 event. Sam Hunt was the first Canadian to cross the finish line this year with a time of 2:37:38. Meaghan Strum was the fastest Canadian woman, in 2:52:06. The only Canadian runner in the non-binary category was Christy Dadswell, who finished in 3:46:38.