New York City Marathon returns for golden anniversary run

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Dignitaries usage rollers astatine the New York Marathon ceremonial decorativeness enactment coating successful Central Park successful the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., November 3, 2021. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

NEW YORK, Nov 3 (Reuters) - The TCS New York City Marathon is backmost unrecorded for its 50th day connected Sunday aft 2020's virtual run, with participants raring to transverse the bluish decorativeness enactment painted wrong Central Park.

"Coming retired of specified a intermission successful life, precise akin to what we experienced successful '01 aft 9/11 ... was the changeable successful the limb that the metropolis needed, that consciousness of beingness and vigor the metropolis needed, a transportation and togetherness that the metropolis needed," said Ted Metellus, contention manager astatine New York Road Runners, which operates the event.

The marathon went virtual past twelvemonth due to the fact that of the COVID-19 pandemic, with astir 16,000 runners finishing their ain 26.2-mile (42.2 km) people successful 108 countries. The event, which began successful 1970, has grown from a section roadworthy contention successful Central Park to the world's largest marathon.

About 33,000 participants volition transverse each 5 of the city's boroughs connected Nov. 7.

"To person the tally is incredible," said Meb Keflezighi, 2009 New York City Marathon champion and a 2004 Olympic metallic medalist, calling it "a solemnisation of life."

New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea was pleased astatine the event's return.

"Can we enactment to furniture virtual thing successful 2022?" helium asked.

Reporting by Roselle Chen; Writing by Richard Chang; Editing by Rosalba O'Brien

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