Photo by myself in Park Slope, Brooklyn, around Mile 7 of the NYC Marathon.
Preceded by a police escort, the men's front runners blazed through Brooklyn.
It was a sunny and nippy day for the marathon. As usual, loads of people turned out along the race route, along with live music to cheer the runners on. The front runners came and went in lightning speed.
I hung around a bit more to watch and cheer. It was moving to see so many runners and so many fans. By the time I walked home and settled down, the race was over. They had already run up through Brooklyn to Queens, up through Manhattan to the Bronx and back down to Central Park. Incredible!
The men's lead pack. Emmanuel Mutai, left, finished second overall. Halle Gebrselassie, in the yellow jersey, one of the greatest runners of all time, later dropped out of the race.
The women's lead pack crossing through Park Slope. Shalane Flanagan, in the red jersey, left, came in second. Edna Kiplagat, the women's winner from Kenya, is not shown.
Some runners dressed in costume. Above, a bride and groom.
Maybe this guy was from LA.
Many runners were from outside New York.
Runners enjoyed high-fiving children along the sidelines.
Entire families showed up to cheer the runners on.
At one point the woman next to me jumped up and down, clapping. She cried, 'Chile, Chile, Chile!!' to me, happily. I nodded back at her. Oh, so she's from Chile?
What I hadn't realized was that Edison Pena, one of the recently rescued miners from Chile, was running the marathon. I wish I'd known, so I could have kept an eye out for him. He wound up walking the course at times but completing the course in 5:40:51.
By the way, our neighbor Chicken Underwear ran the race. He has completed over fifteen NYC marathons so far. Do reach out with congratulations at his blog here.
Yes, everyone was there. What a great time!
Related posts: Running Down the Streets of New York, The 2009 NYC Marathon and Running Along the Edge of Manhattan.