On November 5, 2011, New York enveloped those who braved the heavily barricaded streets of the 2011 ING New York City Marathon. With a chill enough for spectators to put gloves on, the record-breaking 47,107 marathoners didn’t seem to mind. The sun was shining down on the participants, putting a warm, golden halo on their heads.
The marathon consists of a five-borough course starting from Staten Island, going through Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and ending in one of the world’s most popular parks, Central Park.
This year, for the men’s division, Geoffrey Mutai crossed the blue finish line with a grin and a new record – 2 hours, 5 minutes and 6 seconds. Conquering the women’s division was Ethiopian Firehiwot Dado, also a record-breaking marathon runner, who finished the race in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 15 seconds, beating the 2003 record. The wheelchair division winners, Japanese racer Masazumi Soejima, and Amanda McGrory, made the crowd go wild with their inspiring race.
The New York City Marathon is a venue where the world’s determined athletes compete amongst a crowd of millions for more than $600,000 in prize money. Interested to run next year? Good news is the date is already set for November 4, 2012. However, you will have to keep your eyes and ears open for the application date.
Click to enlarge pictures from the 2011 ING New York City Marathon below.
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