The cold winds and chilly temperatures were not enough to keep the 50,000 participants away from the streets of New York city on Sunday morning. Runners turned up in full force for one of the world's largest marathons - the TCS New York City Marathon.
Crossing the finishing line first at Manhattan's Central Park was Kenyan Wilson Kipsang, with a time of 2 hours, 10 minutes and 59 seconds. He became the first man to take home the London Marathon, Berlin Marathon and New York Marathon trifecta over the course of his career. The women's champion was also from Kenya- Mary Keitany, with a finishing time of 2 hours, 25 minutes and 7 seconds.
It was a firecely competitive race, but the weather conditions made it difficult for runners to set or break any world records. There were also a lot of last minute changes that needed to be made in the fear that athletes would be blown over by the high winds. But despite all these factors, the race still went on smoothly. TCS New York City marathon had its fair share of celebrity participants as well, with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver being present.
People turned up in large numbers to cheer the runners, despite the harsh weather conditions. There was also music to add to the encouragement, with songs like "New York, New York" and "Eye of the Tiger" blaring on the speakers along the route. To quote participant Eddie Lott- "running is more mental than physical." And the encouragement helped the runners because the weather conditions were so intense. In fact, the cold winds not only hindered people's running, but also blew away racing bibs- causing a little bit of chaos at the finish line.
But once the race wrapped up and the runners wrapped themselves up in their blue blankets, there were only smiles all around. Marathons are a good test of endurance and strength, and if one can run the whole 26 miles, there's little they can't do otherwise!
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