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NYC Marathon Returns

NYC Marathon Returns

NYC Marathon Returns

A record number of runners competed in the 2013 New York City Marathon

                                                         November 04, 2013

                                                          By AP and TIME’s Courtney Subramanian

                                                         JASON DECROW—AP

Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the New York City Marathon.

Athletes from around the world hit the ground running for the New York City Marathon on
Sunday, November 3. This is the first time in more than a year that runners have raced
through the five boroughs. Last year’s marathon was canceled in the wake of Superstorm
Sandy. This year, a record 50,740 runners took part in the celebrated 26.2-mile race.

Winning Big

KATHY WILLENS—AP

Geoffrey Mutai from Kenya crosses the finish line to win the men's division.

Kenya’s Priscah Jeptoo, 29, won the title for the women’s race. She crossed the finish line
at 2:25:07 and maintained an overall pace of 5:33 per mile. Jeptoo beat Bronx resident
Buzunesh Deba with an impressive final kick. In 2011, the last time the NYC Marathon
was held, Deba, 26, also finished second.

In the men’s race, Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai, 32, came in first at 2:08:24. He pulled away
from his fellow countryman Stanley Biwott in the last few miles to take the lead. Mutai
broke the course record in 2011. "To win this course twice, it's not easy," Mutai said.
"For me, it's a glory."

Paralympic track medalist Tatyana McFadden, 24, won the wheelchair portion in 1:59:13
with a mile pace of 4:33. This was McFadden’s fourth win this year—she also won the
London, Boston, and Chicago marathons. No other athlete has won those four
competitions in a year’s span. She is the first person to complete a wheelchair marathon
Grand Slam.

Tightened Security

Marathon officials ramped up security efforts in New York for the 2013 race in response
to April’s Boston Marathon bombing. Barricades blocked off much of Central park, and
fans waited in bag-check lines to get in. Along with surveillance helicopters, about 1,500
cameras were installed along the marathon route to watch activity. Bomb-sniffing dogs
were on site to alert police of any nearby danger. And scuba divers scanned bridges and
shorelines to make sure they were safe for runners. Security was tight from the moment
crowds arrived. But runners, professional and amateur, said they felt safe on the course.

On a day that normally fills the city with joy and celebration, the success of Sunday's
New York City Marathon was also surrounded by feelings of relief and hope. To honor
Boston victims, this year’s course lines included yellow—the color of the Boston route.

Near the NYC finish line, Ashley O'Brien from Brooklyn was ready with a bullhorn to
cheer on runners. She got teary-eyed remembering the events of the past year.

"It's a nice time to all come back together," she said. "You still remember why it was
canceled last year and you remember Boston. So it's a little bittersweet."

New Vocabulary

maintain

mein'tein    VT. รักษา
                 relate:{ดูแลต่อไป}{คงอยู่}(ดำรงอยู่){คงเอาไว้}{ทรงไว้}{รักษาไว้} 
                 syn:(sustain){keep up}(preserve)
marathon
'merə,θɔn     N. การแข่งวิ่งมาราธอน
                   relate:{การแข่งขันวิ่งทน} 
                   syn:{crash program}
                   N. งานที่ยากและใช้เวลานาน
                   relate:{งานที่ต้องใช้ความอดทน}

 

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