NYC Runners Burned Enough Energy To Light The Empire State Building
Every marathoner on Sunday burned 3,166 calories on average
The more than 50,000 runners who ran the New York City Marathon on Sunday expended enough collective energy to light the Empire State Building, Vocativ calculated.
The average weight of a NYC marathon participant, according to our calculation, is approximately 159 lbs. A marathoner of that weight burns 3,166 calories on average when running the 26.2-mile race, according to the Runner’s World calories calculator. Basically, that means a runner will burn 805 Watts worth of power at any moment during the run — amounting to a total of roughly 4 million 10-Watt light bulbs worth of energy among the 50,000 participants.
That’s well over the amount of bulbs in the Empire State Building: 3,194,547.
Marathon runners didn’t just expend the equivalent of the Empire State Building’s light if they ran the race over a period of four hours and 34 minutes. The equivalent of almost two large pizza pies, more than 13 hot dogs or almost seven frappuccinos were burned in calories, on average.