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New York City Marathon 2019

Quella di New York è una delle maratone più lunghe, che ogni anno raggruppa circa 50.000 corridori professionisti e amatoriali, tra cui anche tanti personaggi famosi. Quest’anno la maratona che attraversa i cinque quartieri della città si svolge domenica 3 novembre. Pronti, partenza, via!

On Sunday November the 3rd, over 50,000 runners compete in – or just try to finish – the New York City Marathon.
When it first took place in Central Park in 1970, less than half the 127 competitors completed the race. Today, the 26.2 mile-long marathon is one of the biggest in the world. It is also a city-wide event: runners traverse all five boroughs of New York — Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Manhattan. Participants can sightsee on the way, and spectators have a lot of space to cheer!
The marathon begins on Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge on Staten Island. The wheelchair users go first at 8:30am, and the fourth and final wave of runners departs at 11am. The marathon ends where it historically began, in Central Park.
Last year over 52,000 people completed the race. The fastest man and woman were both Kenyan professional runners. Both finished in under two and a half hours, and won a prize of $100,000 each.
A few celebrities have taken part in the marathon, including Alanis Morissette, Will Ferrell and Pamela Anderson. Anderson admitted it was hard: “Those last five miles. It was like being told to run as you're giving birth,” she said.
You can follow the course of this major event by checking out our special report in this month’s Speak Up!