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NYD – NY Marathon 2009

I can see a corner of First Avenue from my apartment window. Keeping a strategic eye on the activity there, I waited until the first participants reached that point, then, taking the camera and picking up a Starbucks coffee on the way, I walked over to 5th Avenue and stationed myself between 94th and 95th Streets. I calculated that this would be approximately the 23 mile mark. I chose the spot to give a nice Fall backdrop for the runners.

I had about 40 minutes to wait before the first competitors reached my spot. The wheelchair racers  were the first to appear. Then came the leading women followed shortly thereafter by the leading men.

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The agony of the long-distance runner and the resilience of the human spirit . . . . . .

 

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M7

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The leading women . . . .

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Derartu Tula (behind, left, at this stage) from Ethiopia went on to win the womens' tiltle

 The leading men  . . . . . .

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Meb Keflezighi, (left), went on to win the mens' race. The first American to do so for more than twenty years!

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One of 45,000 starters, Mayor Mike Bloomberg went on to win his race for a third term, but not by as big a margin as was expected . . . . .

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Determination . . . . .

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Still striding beautifully after two hours or so . . . .

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. . . . and closely recorded . . . . .

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. . . . could that be a hare following me?

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. . . but the tortoises were already home!

 After the leaders, the pack . . . . .

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. . . . but still determined to win a place . . . .

And then the stragglers . . . . This is a view of First Avenue two hours or more after the leaders passed me on Fifth Avenue. And the runners will continue to pass  by for hours more . . . . each determined to finish the course

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. . . to be able to say "I finished the NY Marathon" is a proud achievement . . . . .

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