44th London Marathon sets event record with 53,000+ finishers

More than 53,000 runners completed the 44th London Marathon on Sunday, setting a record for the event, race organizers said Monday.

The number is a significant increase from last year's edition, when 43,965 runners finished.

There were 54,281 runners who started after 65,725 registered to participate, with Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir setting a women's-only world record.

The event also set a fundraising record with more than 67 million pounds ($82 million) having been raised so far, event director Hugh Brasher said.

"The total will continue to grow as many donations come in after the event weekend," he added.