Woman's 1st place finisher Mary Keitany from Kenya and Men's 1st place victor Stanley Biwott from Keyna pose for photos after winning their divisions in the TCS New York City Marathon in New York November 1, 2015. The two women who beat her (Japan's Wakako Tsuchida, and China's Zou Lihong, respectively) were added to the New York City field to make her work.

Eritrea's Ghirmay Ghebreslassie has won the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon in the men's field. Over $800,000 in prize money was awarded this year, with prizes in various age ranges.

How do runners feel going into this year's race? The Wisconsin native has repeatedly proven to be one of the world's best runners in triathlon and if her muscles can withstand several hours of pounding, she may post a strong finish. Lucas Rotich of Kenya placed second in 2:08:53 and Abdi Abdirahman, a 39-year-old Somali-born American who is based in Arizona, finished third in 2:11:23. To see some of the best shots from this year's race (provided by Getty), click the arrow to the right of the photos. Asked to step off ahead of the thousands of others, he was the first person ever to start the five-borough marathon.

Route: Runners will starting off at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge plaza in Fort Wadsworth, then make their way across to Staten Island.

He lost his limb as a young man when a runaway auto crashed into him at a New Jersey gas station. The three men told the mayor that the crime-ridden, almost bankrupt NY of the mid-1970s "needed the marathon to lift the city's spirits", Hirsch says. People say if you're only going to do one, do NY.

Sarah Bernier is hugged after finishing the New York City Marathon, Nov. 6, 2016.

The Boston Marathon is the oldest, launched in 1897. On the first Sunday in November, when exhausted participants finally finish, some collapsing into the arms of loved ones, many take away new friendships while collecting funds for more than 300 charities.


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