The first Sunday in November is a yearly love letter to New York City.
It takes the form of the New York City Marathon, which has crisscrossed all five boroughs since 1976, when roughly 2,000 people started the race and just over 1,500 finished.
This year, that love letter is being penned by 50,000 runners, 12,000 volunteers and hundreds of thousands of spectators dotting the 26.2-mile course.
To experience marathon day in New York is to see what a big-city race is capable of generating — joy, pain, misery, triumph and nirvana. This is what it looks like.
Runners took the Staten Island Ferry to the marathon start in Staten Island.
Runners from Florida relaxed on pool rafts in Staten Island before the race began.
Trees in Fort Wadsworth before the marathon.
The Manhattan skyline seen from the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge.
A runner in a cape made his way across the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge.
Sylvie Marie from France high-fived a spectator in Park Slope. Fans lined the streets in Fort Greene.
Runners crossed the Madison Avenue bridge from the Bronx into Manhattan.
Women’s winner Mary Keitany ran alone through Manhattan and the Bronx. She won the race by more than three minutes.
Discarded cups littered the streets along the marathon route. More than 50,000 participants entered this year’s race.
A snack station served bananas on 138th Street in the Bronx.
A runner in Central Park.
Spectators watch runners pass through Central Park.
Warming blankets awaited runners at the finish line.
Runners headed home on the subway after the race.
A lone participant on Rider Avenue in the Bronx after sunset.
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