The total number of runners reached 33,461, being the largest in history. The oldest runner was 91-year-old. And the number of finishers added up to 32,847. The last finisher completed the marathon in over 5 days.
The organizing committee spent ￡2,500,000 on pays for inviting runners and their traveling and hotel expenses. The prize for the champions of women’s and men’s races was $55,000, and the total prize reached $2,950,000. The prize for breaking the world record was $125,000. The prize money for Gezahegne added up to $400,000.
The number of the crowds on the way reached 600,000. There were 6,000 volunteers taking part in organizing. BBC had been doing on-the-spot broadcasting for 5 hours and a half. At the same time, the competition was rebroadcast by 178 countries. Except the runners specially invited, each runner had to pay ￡25 for registration. The organizers got ￡8,100,000 from TV rebroadcasting and registration fees. Each finisher could get a bonus. And 68 ambulances, 500 stretchers and 95 simple toilets were put into use. Nearly 40,000 sandwiches, 70,000 bottles of drinking water were prepared for the runners. The number of police and security personnel reached nearly 7,000. There were also 50 trucks carrying the belongs of the runners from the starting point to the terminal point.