NEW YORK — No acts of terror can stop the 50,000-strong runners of the 47th New York City marathon on Sunday. It’s the largest in the world, with runners coming from 125 countries, including the Philippines.
About two million spectators cheered the runners as they race through New York City’s five boroughs.
“It pretty much pushed me all the 26 miles, you know, when your body is screaming, your legs are hurting, the crowd really uplifts you,” said runner Eric Gundayao.
Starting near the Verrazano Bridge in Staten Island, the NYC Marathon snakes through Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and finishes at the iconic Central Park in the Manhattan borough.
First to reach the finish line in the wheelchair race is multi-paralympic gold medalist Raymond Martin, finishing the 26.2-mile route in 2 hours and 12 minutes.
“This is always one of my favorite marathons, definitely the toughest, I think out of the majors that I do, Boston, London, Chicago, New York, is definitely the hardest for me,” said Martin.
For many of these Filipino marathoners who gathered at the Philippine consulate in New York to celebrate Pinoy participation – just by showing up at the marathon means a win against the terrorists.
“If we give in to them and let them scare us, and they’ve won, we can’t let them win,” said Arland Macasieb.
This marathon became even more significant after Shalane Flanagan became the first American to win the NYC Marathon in 40 years – beating three-time champion Mary Keltany of Kenya.
The men’s title went to Jenyan Geofrey Kamworor.