By Liz Robbins
Whilst 39,195 rivals thunder over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to start the thirty-eighth operating of the famed big apple urban Marathon, they event the most exhilarating moments in activities. yet as they pass 5 towering bridges and 5 unique boroughs, carried 26.2 miles through the cheers of 2 million lovers and by means of their very own indomitable wills, grueling demanding situations anticipate them. ny occasions sportswriter Liz Robbins brings race day to lifestyles during this gripping saga of the 2007 Marathon, weaving the unforgettable tales of runners right into a bright mile-by-mile portrait of the world's greatest marathon. the pros pound out the suspense in exciting races. Paula Radcliffe, the women's global list holder from nice Britain, returns with new get to the bottom of after having given beginning 9 months prior; Gete Wami, her longtime rival from Ethiopia, attempts to win her moment marathon in exactly 5 weeks; and Latvia's Jelena Prokopcuka desperately hopes for her 3rd directly long island name. If the women's race performs out like a captivating chess online game, then the men's race fast becomes a high-speed vehicle chase. South Africa's Hendrick Ramaala, wanting to recapture glory at age 35, surges to steer the pack as Kenya's Martin Lel and Morocco's Abderrahim Goumri remain inside of remarkable diversity. whereas the pros provide perception into the serious, frequently painful adventure of being an elite athlete, the amateurs offer undying tales of braveness and obsession that typify modern-day marathoner: Harrie Bakst, a melanoma survivor at 22, who's a first-timer; Pam Rickard, a 45-year-old mom of 3 from Virginia, who's a convalescing alcoholic; and 65-year-old Tucker Andersen, who has run the race each year considering that 1976. Enlivening the heritage of the recent York urban Marathon with tales of such legends because the overdue Fred Lebow, the race's charismatic founder, and nine-time champion Grete Waitz, A Race Like No different presents a curbside seat to the drama of the 1st Sunday in November. consider the anxiousness in the beginning in Staten Island. hearken to gospel choirs in Brooklyn and the accordion in Queens. delight in the delirious sound tunnel of Manhattan's top East aspect. Hit The Wall within the Bronx. And conquer ache within the final hilly miles ahead of arriving in valuable Park—exhausted but exhilarated—at the end line.
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When Fortunato and Joan were married in 1975, they made the bridge the background for their wedding pictures. By then, Jim had left the bridge’s Staten Island–side toll booth—his first job at age 16. Now, at 53, Fortunato serves as the Chief Command Center officer for a race defined by his life’s love. “The Bridge is the Marathon,” Fortunato said. ” 29 Liz Robbins This is the shot broadcast internationally on November 4, 2007: The morning sun glistens off the glassy harbor, illuminating a scene dotted with ships up to the Hudson River and out to the Atlantic Ocean.
Paula is not the real Paula— now she’s almost equal. It’s not like three years ago, when she ran 2:15, it was so unequal. ” Would the past be prologue for today’s race? As soon as Prokopcuka peels off her snow-white arm warmers just past the first-mile mark on the bridge and heads toward the ramp to Brooklyn, she is already staring at Paula Radcliffe’s back. 44 4 A DELIBERATE A PA ATH Men’s and Mass Start, the Bridge to Bay Ridge H endrick Ramaala f lashes a smile and does a double thumbs-up when the television camera stops in front of him.
But with such painful memories of New York in 2006, why did he return? “I like to have something in my life to keep me going,” he says. ” His survival from advanced testicular cancer at age 25 in 1996 was the impetus to form his cancer research charity, the Livestrong Foundation, and on this day, 130 members will be running as part of his team. Armstrong returned to satisfy his restless competitive spirit, but he was also drawn back, he says, by the memory of New York’s exuberant spectators, the intimate sidewalk give-and-take.
A Race Like No Other: 26.2 Miles Through the Streets of New York by Liz Robbins