Inspiring performances on November four, 2007 contributed to a classic New York City Marathon. Run on a crisp autumn Sunday, a record 39,085 runners took their positions on Staten Island.
The NYC Marathon began in 1970, a result of the vision of the New York Road Runners, who continue to stage it. The initial race was contained to Central Park. This evolved into the present course, which runs by way of the five boroughs of New York. There is a buzz all through these locations each year in the weeks major up to the occasion.
This year’s race saw Paula Radcliffe of Excellent Britain emerge as the winner in the women’s division. Martin Lel of Kenya was the men’s winner. Edith Hunkeler of Switzerland won the women’s wheeler division Kurt Fearnley of Australia won the men’s wheeler race for the second year in a row.
Paula Radcliffe’s story is specifically noteworthy. She lives in Monaco and on January 17 of this year she gave birth to a infant girl there at the Princess Grace Hospital. Much less than ten months later, Radcliffe, 33, crossed the finish line in New York as victor in this race. A late race explosion of power propelled her ahead of Gete Wami of Ethiopia. Wami had taken the lead earlier from Radcliffe. Radcliffe’s winning time clocked in at 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 9 seconds.
The men’s race had no lack of drama itself. Martin Lel battled step for step with Abderrahim Goumri well in to the final stage in Central Park. Lel’s strong finishing power led him to a 12-second win over the Moroccan. His first-spot winning time was 2 hours, 9 minutes, and 4 seconds.
In the women’s wheeler division, Edith Hunkeler, 35, broke her earlier record for the course in a time of 1 hour, 52 minutes, and 38 seconds. It was a great comeback for her obtaining severely crushed her leg in a racing accident in 2006.
Kurt Fearnley, 26, won the men’s wheeler race in a time of 1 hour, 33 minutes, and 58 seconds. He broke the course record in New York City in 2006.
The New York City Marathon was not with no heartfelt emotion and disappointment this year. Aside from the struggles every single competitor faces and the fact that some entrants do not finish there have been other issues.
A day earlier, in New York, the U.S runner Ryan Shay, 28, collapsed and died at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Group Trials Men’s Marathon. This resonated with the runners as they learned of this tragedy in their operating fraternity.
Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa could not race in the wheelers division. He had the misfortune of possessing his chair not arrive on the flight to New York. The globe record- holder watched the race from the sidelines instead of participating.
Marathons, in basic, are a test of the human spirit. To run 26.2 miles and have sufficient kick at the end to fight off a competitor is an accomplishment. In the case of the New York City Marathon, it’s an even higher accomplishment. The prestige and surrounding hype contribute to its capacity to play on the runners’ emotions. Add to that the high-caliber athleticism of the contestants and you have a dramatic script already in place. After the players take the field, an intriguing story develops each year.
In a race that ends in stunning Central Park the electrical energy is apparent. That is why it captures the imagination of runners worldwide. In 2006, 93,000 plus applications came in for the race – significantly a lot more than the slots available.
This year’s race was no exception with throngs lining the streets. The weather cooperated as did the employees and volunteers of the New York Road Runners.
From Staten Island, by means of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx and then to the thrilling finish in Manhattan, the marathon continues to inspire.
Runners worldwide, as properly as two million spectators and estimated 315 million tv viewers look forward every year to autumn in New York and the November running of the New York Marathon.
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Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Wellness Style Lab at the Li Ka Shing Understanding Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Wellness at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital.
Written and Narrated by Dr. Mike Evans
Executive Producer, Dr. Mike Evans
Illustrations by Liisa Sorsa
Made, Directed, and Photographed by Nick De Pencier
Editor, David Schmidt
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©2012 Michael Evans and Mercury Films Inc.