Forty-five thousand runners from all over the world laced up their sneakers and set out to tackle the NYC marathon (and the weather) on Nov. 7.
Ethiopian man Gebre Gebrmariam and Kenyan woman Edna Kiplagat each won the marathon for their genders. Gebramariam finished the course in 02:08:14, while Kiplagat clocked her finish at 02:28:20.
Not impressed by those times? You should be -- the NYC marathon course is 26 miles long, meaning that Gebramariam averaged less than five minutes per mile and Kiplagat less than six. We're lucky if we can run one mile in less than 12 minutes, let alone run 26 at that pace.
The NYC marathon attracts some 100,000 applicants from around the world each year, each hoping to tackle their own goals with the race.
The course runs through all five boroughs of New York City -- it starts in Staten Island, then makes its way through parts of Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx before ending in Manhattan's Central Park.
Among the marathon's 45,000 participants were several celebrities, including NBC Today Show weatherman Al Roker, Today Show anchor Meredith Vieira, chef Bobby Flay, actor Anthony Edwards, model Veronica Webb, former Survivor winner Ethan Zohn and Subway pitchman Jared Fogle. Most celebrities were running to support various causes, including Shoes4Africa (Edwards) and the Jared Foundation (Fogle.)
Congratulations to all the competitors, completing a marathon is quite a feat!
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