While I sit here and type, thousands are running in the New York City Marathon. I caught sight of the athletes on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg earlier today, and together with the community, was so moved and inspired by them.
The athletes came from all over the world – I saw Scots wearing kilts, the French waving their flag, Italians, Swedes, Australians, Norwegians, Venezuelans, Belgians, Mexicans and Danes among many Americans (who I am sure were donning the comic outfits of Where’s Wally? and a Sumo Wrestler). They were of all ages and supporting many causes.
Started in 1970, the New York City Marathon is 26.2 miles long and starts in Staten Island. From there, it weaves through Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, before finishing in Manhattan.
Stephanie, a friend of mine who lives in Toronto, told me that her mum, Joanie Seidell (from Long Island), is running in the marathon this year. Joanie is running in memory of her brother, Peter, who passed away four years ago, to raise funds for the Jack H. Marston II Melanoma Fund (http://www.active.com/donate/11JTNYC/joanienyc). I was fortunate enough to have seen Joanie on the Bedford Avenue. What an testament to her strength of will and determination. To me, Joanie symbolises love, hope and spirit – which is what the New York City Marathon really is about. I can’t wait to hear about you crossing the finishing line, Joanie!
<Joanie finished at 5.09pm with an elapsed time of 6:18:34.>
* “The ING New York City Marathon, with over 38,000 finishers, two million spectators, and a worldwide television audience of 315 million, is the largest one-day live sporting event in the world.” (source: http://www.nycmarathon.org/about/partners.htm).
SLIDESHOW with more photos of the athletes