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New York City Marathon

A city with a huge population, the New York City Marathon also has a large number of runners entering every year. There can be nearly 50,000 runners taking on the historic and challenging course.

The race starts at the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and this bridge and the four others in the race provide the biggest challenges for the runners. The change in elevation, the possibility of high winds and the large number of other runners can cause problems. The rest of the course takes runners through many streets of the boroughs that comprise NYC and finishes at Central Park.

Water and energy drinks are available at the many drink stations around the course. They are handed out in cups and plenty of these end up on the road as a hazard for the runners. The race is on every November, when temperatures range from lows of 8 degrees Celsius to average highs of 17 degrees Celsius.

This marathon is one of the big five races that make up the World Marathon Majors. The others are Boston, Chicago, London and Berlin.

Bill Rodgers and Tom Fleming of the USA won several of the early New York City Marathons. German Silva, John Kagwe, Martin Lel and Marilson Gomes dos Santos have all won the race on two occasions in recent years. The course record for men was set in 2011 by Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya with a time of 2 hours, 5 minutes and 5 seconds. Margaret Okayo set the course record during her first win and set it again during her second win in 2003. Her time was 2 hours, 22 minutes and 31 seconds. Paula Radcliffe won the race in 2004, 2007 and 2008. Grete Waitz was nearly unbeatable in the late 1970s and the 1980s and was victorious in the New York City Marathon nine times.

New York City has several airports to fly to, with LaGuardia being closest to the marathon course. Visitors will take buses and taxis into the city. Among the other tourist sites to visit in New York City is the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Broadway musicals, Times Square, Madison Square Garden and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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