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Sunday, November 06, 2011

Discarded water cups along Fifth Avenue (Caitlyn Kim/WNYC)

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

Watch a timelapse video of the New York City marathon:

2010 NYC Marathon Time Lapse from wnyc culture on Vimeo.

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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.

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

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Comments [3]

Gwen Schroeder from Brooklyn, NY

I had to run again because last year's time lapse cut out at mile 20. Here's my 2011 version from my 3rd NYC marathon - http://vimeo.com/gweyen/2011nycmarathontl

Nov. 08 2011 12:00 AM

Hey guys, couldn't you have posted more engaging and descriptive photos? I'm far from home and long, arbitrary shots of the masses just don't bring the drama and the personalities to me.

Nov. 07 2011 01:50 PM
Brenda from New York City

This was my first time spectating the NYC marathon. I stood at the finish line for 3 hours and lost count of how often I cried. Human beings have enormous capacity for kindness. I natter more here: http://heresheisboys.com/2011/11/07/the-human-race/

Nov. 07 2011 06:56 AM

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