Look | The New York City Marathon Route in Photos

Geoffrey Mutai shattered the course record in the New York City Marathon on Sunday, no surprise after he ran the fastest marathon ever earlier this year.

Firehiwot Dado wasn't a favorite coming into the women's race and victory seemed impossible with even a few miles left. But the Ethiopian made a stunning comeback for her first major marathon title

Mutai finished in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 6 seconds, crushing the previous mark of 2:07:43 set by Tesfaye Jifar of Ethiopia a decade earlier.

The 30-year-old has established himself as the favorite at next summer's Olympics after two landmark performances this year - if he even earns a spot on the Kenyan team, the country so deep in the marathon.

In April, Mutai ran the fastest 26.2 miles in history: 2:03:02 in Boston. It didn't count as a world record because the course is considered too straight and too downhill.

A record 47,107 runners started the race through the five boroughs.

With the Associated Press

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WNYC editor Caitlyn Kim chronicled the annual New York City marathon route in photos on Sunday when a record 47,107 runners raced through the five boroughs.

( Caitlyn Kim/WNYC )
( Caitlyn Kim/WNYC )
A view from racers' village in Staten Island.
A view from racers' village in Staten Island. ( Caitlyn Kim/WNYC )
Verrazano bridge
Verrazano bridge ( Caitlyn Kim/WNYC )
Crowds in Brooklyn
Crowds in Brooklyn ( Caitlyn Kim/WNYC )
Signage along the marathon route
Signage along the marathon route ( Caitlyn Kim/WNYC )
Leaving Brooklyn
Leaving Brooklyn ( Caitlin Kim/WNYC )
Half-way point
Half-way point ( Caitlyn Kim/WNYC )
Queensboro bridge
Queensboro bridge ( Caitlin Kim/WNYC )
'Welcome to Manhattan' sign
'Welcome to Manhattan' sign ( Caitlyn Kim/WNYC )
Running along First Avenue
Running along First Avenue ( Caitlyn Kim/WNYC )
Headed to the Bronx
Headed to the Bronx ( Caitlyn Kim/WNYC )
Music along the route
Music along the route ( Caitlyn Kim/WNYC )
Spectators passed out orange slices in the Bronx
Spectators passed out orange slices in the Bronx ( Caitlyn Kim/WNYC )
The final bridge - and some encouragement!
The final bridge - and some encouragement! ( Caitlyn Kim/WNYC )
Crowds in Harlem
Crowds in Harlem ( Caitlyn Kim/WNYC )
Discarded water cups along Fifth Avenue
Discarded water cups along Fifth Avenue ( Caitlyn Kim/WNYC )
Creative sign along the route
Creative sign along the route ( Caitlyn Kim/WNYC )
... and some more creativity!
... and some more creativity! ( Caitlyn Kim/WNYC )
Runners in Central Park
Runners in Central Park ( Caitlyn Kim/WNYC )
Runners along Central Park South
Runners along Central Park South ( Caitlyn Kim/WNYC )
The best mile marker
The best mile marker ( Caitlyn Kim/WNYC )
The best sight!
The best sight! ( Caitlyn Kim/WNYC )
Runners finishing the marathon
Runners finishing the marathon ( Caitlyn Kim/WNYC )
Runners attempting to leave Central Park
Runners attempting to leave Central Park ( Caitlyn Kim/WNYC )
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