Marathon world-record holder, Wilson Kipsang, will make his New York City Marathon debut on 2 November. The Kenyan athlete set the fastest-ever mark of 2 hours 3 minutes 23 seconds at Berlin Marathon last year.
The 32-year-old will face competition from compatriot Geoffrey Mutai who is the two-time defending champion and course-record holder in the Big Apple. Mutai also ran the fastest marathon in history (2:03:02) in Boston in 2011, though the record isn’t recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations because the course is considered too straight and downhill.
Beginning with 55 runners who completed four laps around Central Park in 1970, today the TCS New York City Marathon has blossomed into the largest of all the World Marathon Majors.
The start of the marathon begins on the Verrazano Narrows Bridge - the longest suspension bridge in North America. This is located at Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island the first New York borough participants pass through.
The course then goes through four more boroughs. The first stop over the bridge is Brooklyn, New York's most populous borough, where the race continues past the buildings and buzz of Queens and the Bronx, before reaching the exhilarating crowds in Manhattan.
Central Park provides the setting for the last 1.6 miles of the course where spectators gather to watch participants take their last few strides to the finish, that get you that all important medal.
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