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    NYC Marathon Live Updates – The New York Times

    Traci Carl

    Nov. 7, 2021, 12:17 p.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 12:17 p.m. ET

    reporting from the marathon

    Amanda Chang, 27, finished her first New York City Marathon and her second marathon ever. She was joyous as she crossed the finish line and said she loved New York’s energy. “The crowd is unbelievable. I feel like this is what Kim Kardashian feels like — red carpet, everyone cheering!”

    Credit…Traci Carl for The New York Times
    Alexandra Petri

    Nov. 7, 2021, 12:16 p.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 12:16 p.m. ET

    running the marathon

    I just crossed the halfway point of this marathon. What a party Brooklyn was — so many high fives, loads of music and just so much joy.

    Talya Minsberg

    Nov. 7, 2021, 12:02 p.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 12:02 p.m. ET

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    If you want to move to an apartment on Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn — between Miles 8 and 9 of the New York City Marathon — you better come prepared to party on marathon Sunday.

    There is always more cowbell here.

    There are live bands, DJs with massive speaker systems and New Yorkers blasting music from their apartment windows. There are dance parties and confetti cannons, spectators on the shoulders of other spectators, and costumes from Halloweens past.

    Getting to Mile 8 is like arriving at a party that exceeds your already high expectations. You may not want to leave. You’ll surely want the band from Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, which has long played for marathoners on Lafayette, to follow you for the next 18.2 miles.

    And to some extent, they will. Yes, you’ll have “Eye of the Tiger” in your head for the rest of the race.

    Traci Carl

    Nov. 7, 2021, 11:58 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 11:58 a.m. ET

    reporting from the marathon

    Michael Mesina ran nine New York City Marathons before deciding to spend today cheering on runners in the grandstands. “It’s a nice energy to be on the other side.”

    Credit…Traci Carl for The New York Times
    Talya Minsberg

    Nov. 7, 2021, 11:53 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 11:53 a.m. ET

    Credit…Steve Luciano/Associated Press

    Abby Wambach would really like to be done with running. At least that’s what she said before boarding a plane to run the New York City Marathon on Sunday.

    It’s not like she isn’t used to training: When she retired from the U.S. women’s soccer team in 2015, she had secured 184 goals, two Olympic gold medals and a World Cup championship.

    It’s just that she’s been training for this particular marathon for quite a long time. She began running in earnest in 2018, a progression she described as one from walking to something she calls “wogging” to jogging to running.

    In 2019, she decided to try to fulfill what she called a “weird dream” of becoming a marathoner. So she began training for the 2020 New York City Marathon.

    The cancellation of last year’s race was a relief, she said, until she realized she’s been training for a marathon for several years.

    On Sunday, she will line up at the marathon start line at the base of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge with the former U.S. women’s soccer players Leslie Osborne, Lauren Holiday and Kate Markgraf, now the general manager of the U.S. women’s soccer team.

    They’re excited to run together, but Wambach is charging her headphones, just in case.

    “I’m planning on going quicker than I’m thinking I will,” she said a few days before the race. “I’m very competitive.”

    Nov. 7, 2021, 11:46 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 11:46 a.m. ET

    Crossing the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge is the first challenge. Good news — it actually represents the longest climb of the race. Thankfully, there is so much adrenaline from the start and the sparkling view of New York Harbor and the downtown skyline that runners barely feel the ascent. The real challenge is not blowing too many reserves too early, especially when there is every temptation to fly down the span into Brooklyn. A little patience goes a long way there.

    Runners begin to hear Bay Ridge for a quarter-mile or so before they are on the land. Take it easy. All that noise and plenty more will be there soon enough, during the couple of turns through the neighborhood ahead of the big right onto the long straightaway of Fourth Avenue, where, just like that, the first 5-k is all but finished.

    Alexandra E. Petri

    Nov. 7, 2021, 11:45 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 11:45 a.m. ET

    Credit…Paul Hawthorne for The New York Times

    For the first time since the onset of the pandemic, tens of thousands of runners will hit the streets for the New York City Marathon, and celebrities and athletes will race alongside regular folks.

    The U.S. women’s national soccer team has several Olympic gold medalists and World Cup winners running in this year’s race, including its alumnae Abby Wambach, Lauren Holiday, Leslie Osborne and Kate Markgraf.

    The retired Giants running back Tiki Barber is a veteran marathoner who will run in his seventh in-person New York City Marathon this year. Christy Turlington, a model, activist and seasoned marathoner, will also compete.

    The Broadway actress and Tony Award-winner Kelli O’Hara; the Grammy winning musicians Marcus Mumford and Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons; as well as several contestants from “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” franchises, including Tayshia Adams and Matt James, are also among the celebrities running. It is possible to track the race’s celebrity runners using the event’s official app, so long as they did not opt out of the tracking feature.

    Other notable runners include:

    • C.J. Hobgood, ASP World Championship surfer

    • Daniel Humm, chef and owner of Eleven Madison Park

    • Kristine Froseth, model and actress

    • Nicole Briscoe, ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor

    • Ryan Briscoe, professional racecar driver

    • Tyler Cameron from “The Bachelorette”

    • Will Reeve from “Good Morning America”

    • Willie Geist, host of “Sunday Today” and a co-host of “Morning Joe”

    • Zac Clark from “The Bachelorette”

    Ashley Wong

    Nov. 7, 2021, 11:43 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 11:43 a.m. ET

    Some spectators are expressing support in the most New York way possible — by taking a dig at the public transit system.

    Credit…Ashley Wong for The New York Times

    Nov. 7, 2021, 11:39 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 11:39 a.m. ET

    reporting from the marathon

    Members of the Boogie Down Bronx Runners are there to cheer on the group’s 35 entrants, many of whom have never run a marathon before. “We are trying to prove that we are not the unhealthiest county in New York State,” says Vanessa Gamarra, third from left in hat. “There is so much more to the Bronx community”

    Credit…Karsten Moran for The New York Times
    Traci Carl

    Nov. 7, 2021, 11:27 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 11:27 a.m. ET

    reporting from the marathon

    It is a gorgeous fall day as the first runners arrive at the finish line. The sun is warm, the air is crisp and the trees are turning colors. The grandstands are only about half full, though, and access to much of the finish line festivities has been limited as the race returns after taking a year off because of the pandemic.

    Credit…Traci Carl for The New York Times
    Scott Cacciola

    Nov. 7, 2021, 11:18 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 11:18 a.m. ET

    Credit…Uli Seit for The New York Times

    Albert Korir of Kenya won the men’s race at the New York City Marathon on Sunday, finishing in 2 hours 8 minutes 22 seconds for his first major championship.

    Mohamed Reda El Aaraby, who was 44 seconds behind in second place, became the first Moroccan to finish on the podium in New York since 2009, and Eyob Faniel of Italy was third.

    It was a breakthrough performance for Korir, 27, who was the runner-up in New York in 2019. On Sunday, he ran a sound and tactical race against a decorated field that included Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, the second-fastest marathoner ever and a four-time Olympic medalist. Elkanah Kibet, a Kenyan-born runner who became a U.S. citizen in 2013, was the top American in fourth. Ben True of the United States finished in seventh.

    Scott Cacciola

    Nov. 7, 2021, 11:06 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 11:06 a.m. ET

    Credit…Uli Seit for The New York Times

    In a dramatic finish to the women’s race at the New York City Marathon on Sunday, Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya pulled away in the final meters to win, just three months after she won gold in the women’s marathon at the Tokyo Olympics.

    Jepchirchir finished in 2 hours 22 minutes 39 seconds, just four seconds ahead of Viola Cheptoo, also of Kenya. (Cheptoo is the runner Bernard Lagat’s younger sister.) Ababel Yeshaneh of Ethiopia finished third.

    Molly Seidel, who won bronze at the Olympics in August, finished fourth as the top American. Seidel’s time of 2:24:42 was the fastest ever for an American in New York.

    Ashley Wong

    Nov. 7, 2021, 11:05 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 11:05 a.m. ET

    First Avenue is heating up as more runners start to fill the street. People are shouting, blowing whistles, ringing cowbells, and a live band is playing “Ring of Fire.”

    Credit…Ashley Wong for The New York Times
    Scott Cacciola

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:55 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:55 a.m. ET

    reporting from the marathon

    The lead women are through 23 miles, as Viola Cheptoo and Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya and Ababel Yeshaneh of Ethiopia continue to jostle for position. Molly Seidel of the United States is in fourth, about 43 seconds behind.

    Credit…Sarahbeth Maney/The New York Times
    Nadav Gavrielov

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:48 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:48 a.m. ET

    reporting from the marathon

    The area near Cumberland and Lafayette in Brooklyn is electric, with runners slowing down and dancing as they make their way down the course. The song currently blasting is “Hot in Herre” by Nelly. The DJ, acknowledging the marathon’s hiatus last year due to the pandemic, said “We can’t even tell you how much we missed you. We’re back, that’s all that matters.”

    Credit…Nadav Gavrielov/The New York Times

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:38 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:38 a.m. ET

    The scene near the starting line includes a lot runners waiting anxiously and slowly shedding articles of clothing as their start time nears. When they hear the national anthem, runners know it’s almost time.

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    [singing “The Star-Spangled Banner”] … by the dawn’s early light. What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming.

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    Ashley Wong

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:38 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:38 a.m. ET

    Joel Gonzalez is camped out on First Ave with two massive Puerto Rico flags. Joel, who ran the 2017 and 2018 marathons, said he’s here to cheer on everyone, but especially the Latin community. He’s also hoping today will be a personal reset, he said — he’s going to quit smoking today and start training for the 2022 marathon tomorrow.

    Credit…Ashley Wong for The New York Times
    Scott Cacciola

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:36 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:36 a.m. ET

    reporting from the marathon

    Three men are in hot pursuit of Eyob Faniel and Mohamed Reda El Aaraby: Kibiwott Kandie, Albert Korir and Elkanah Kibet, who are about 44 seconds behind at the 25-kilometer mark. Kenenisa Bekele is in seventh, less than a minute back.

    And now, at the 20-mile mark in the Bronx, three women have broken free of Molly Seidel and the rest of the field: Peres Jepchirchir, Ababel Yeshaneh and Viola Cheptoo. Seidel is 11 seconds behind.

    Credit…Ryan Christopher Jones for The New York Times
    Scott Cacciola

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:46 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:46 a.m. ET

    reporting from the marathon

    We have some drama in the men’s race, as the leaders hit the 25-kilometer mark. A pair of Kenyans, Albert Korir and Kibiwott Kandie, have caught Eyob Faniel and Mohamed Reda El Aaraby, who had been leading since the early stages. Korir and Kandie have continued to surge, creating separation between themselves and Faniel and El Aaraby, who are in third and fourth now.

    Scott Cacciola

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:51 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:51 a.m. ET

    reporting from the marathon

    Albert Korir, who was the runner-up in 2019, has surged to the front of the men’s race, and looks incredibly comfortable through 20 miles, building a 5-second gap on Kibiwott Kandie. Kenenisa Bekele is a distant seventh, more than 2 minutes back.

    Scott Cacciola

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:25 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:25 a.m. ET

    Credit…Kelly Burgess for The New York Times

    Ben True spent years training alone. New Hampshire is home for him, and it’s not a running mecca like Boulder or Flagstaff that draws big-name elite runners.

    In recent months, True decided to mix things up. After spreading word among friends that he would be willing to go so far as to pay someone to relocate and train with him, True, 35, now has two full-time running buddies — Dan Curts and Fred Huxham, both 25 — who have used True to feed their own ambitions in the sport.

    With a small community behind him, True is making his marathon debut, nearly five months after he narrowly missed an Olympic berth in the 10,000 meters when he finished fourth at the United States trials. And while he has guarded against putting too much pressure on himself, he considers New York something of a test. A test, he said, to see whether he is “cut out for the marathon.” And a test to determine whether his future in the sport is financially viable.

    He is facing a loaded field including the likes of Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, a four-time Olympic medalist and five-time world champion. True has never raced with a wristwatch, he said, but he plans to wear one for the marathon to protect himself from himself. He has some familiarity with the course, and knows how runners can surge at various points of the race, like Mile 16 off the Queensboro Bridge.

    “I’m somebody who thrives on latching onto somebody and never letting go,” True said. “But if Bekele drops a 4:30 mile coming off the bridge, I probably shouldn’t try to match him.”

    Gabriela Bhaskar

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:24 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:24 a.m. ET

    reporting from the marathon

    Adriana Martinez, 44 of Yonkers, New York. “I feel great. It’s my first marathon and it’s my birthday. It feels so special in so many ways.”

    Credit…Gabriela Bhaskar/The New York Times
    Traci Carl

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:09 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:09 a.m. ET

    reporting from the marathon

    Josh Cassidy, who finished fourth in the men’s wheelchair race for his best finish yet, said the race was “surprisingly really great.” He competed in Boston but took time off for the birth of his son two weeks ago and didn’t have high expectations for today’s race. “It is so good to be back in New York. I missed it.”

    Credit…Traci Carl for The New York Times
    Matthew Futterman

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:02 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:02 a.m. ET

    Credit…Amr Alfiky for The New York Times

    In 2019, Kenenisa Bekele came within two seconds of breaking Eliud Kipchoge’s world record, completing the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours 1 minute 41 seconds. At 39, the Ethiopian star has come to the New York City Marathon for the first time, to prove he can still win anywhere.

    “I will be in a very good position,” Bekele said of his chances.

    Indeed. He is just about the fastest marathoner alive, and so much faster than everyone else in the race, even if this marathon does not necessarily favor the fleetest in the field.

    He refuses to accept the idea that runners approaching their 40th birthday are not supposed to even think about winning one of the six world marathon majors. He said he believes he can find those two seconds he left on the course in Berlin in 2019 and break Kipchoge’s world record.

    “I can go faster, and I can win races,” he said. “If I go faster I will win the race.”

    Scott Cacciola

    Nov. 7, 2021, 9:59 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 9:59 a.m. ET

    reporting from the marathon

    The lead women have hit the halfway point, with Annie Frisbie continuing at the front. Her fellow Americans Molly Seidel, Kellyn Taylor and Laura Thweatt are also among the leaders. Their estimated finish time is 2:25:26.

    Credit…Ryan Christopher Jones for The New York Times
    Scott Cacciola

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:12 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:12 a.m. ET

    reporting from the marathon

    The lead pack has now thinned to nine — including the four Americans.

    Scott Cacciola

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:23 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:23 a.m. ET

    reporting from the marathon

    Just now, as Molly Seidel led the women through 17 miles, she gave a little wave to the crowd. But within seconds, three other athletes, including Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya, the gold medalist from Tokyo, tried to surge past her. Seidel had to counter the move to keep up with them. Those four have separated themselves, at least for now. The race is on.

    Scott Cacciola

    Nov. 7, 2021, 9:59 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 9:59 a.m. ET

    reporting from the marathon

    The men’s field has been stringing out as various contenders take turns at the front and push the pace. Through 15 kilometers, the equivalent of just over 9 miles, two men have surged to the front: Mohamed Reda El Aaraby of Morocco and Eyob Faniel of Italy, who have a 23-second gap on six others, including Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia. Ben True of the United States, who wanted to be cautious with his pace, already has a lot of ground to make up.

    Scott Cacciola

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:12 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 10:12 a.m. ET

    reporting from the marathon

    Mohamed Reda El Aaraby and Eyob Faniel continue to press forward in the men’s race, building a 42-second lead on everyone else as they approach the halfway point. Both are gambling big, as more seasoned and accomplished runners behind them bide their time. The two leaders are averaging a 4:53 per mile pace.

    Ken Belson

    Nov. 7, 2021, 9:54 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 9:54 a.m. ET

    Credit…Uli Seit for The New York Times

    Madison de Rozario of Australia won her first New York City Marathon women’s wheelchair title, turning a race that was tight early on into a one-woman show in Manhattan and the Bronx.

    De Rozario finished in 1 hour 51 minutes 1 second.

    Unlike the men’s wheelchair race, the women’s division was a dogfight between Manuela Schar, 36, the defending champion from Switzerland, Tatyana McFadden, 32, a five-time New York City champion, and de Rozario, 27.

    It was de Rozario’s third time racing in the New York City Marathon.

    Credit…Calla Kessler for The New York Times

    At the halfway point, McFadden poked ahead by about five seconds. McFadden pushed up the Queensboro Bridge spanning Queens and Manhattan, with de Rozario a few seconds behind. Schar fell much further back.

    But after McFadden hit the peak of the bridge and began to glide down, de Rozario sped past her. De Rozario then pulled ahead for good on First Avenue and continued to build her lead.

    Being chased by McFadden and Schar “is one of the most terrifying things in the marathon, so I definitely wanted to avoid” being caught, de Rozario said after the race. “So when that gap opened up, yeah, I just kind of tried to do everything I could to hold it.”

    De Rozario won the gold medal in the marathon at this year’s Tokyo Paralympic Games, edging out Schar by one second. She also won gold in the 800 meters in a Paralympic record time, and bronze in the 1,500 meters.

    She won the London Marathon in 2018.

    Nadav Gavrielov

    Nov. 7, 2021, 9:54 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 9:54 a.m. ET

    reporting from the marathon

    Xenia Roman, 36, dressed as a purple unicorn to cheer on the runners that pass by her. She chose the outfit because “it’s warm and cozy and because I think it might cheer people up while they’re running by.”

    Credit…Nadav Gavrielov/The New York Times
    Matthew Futterman

    Nov. 7, 2021, 9:52 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 9:52 a.m. ET

    Credit…Uli Seit for The New York Times

    It’s not uncommon for elite runners to take as many as six weeks off from running after a grueling marathon.

    Then there is Shalane Flanagan, 40, the New York City Marathon champion in 2017, who did the opposite. With all six of the world’s major marathons packed into as many weeks this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic, Flanagan saw an opportunity to do something extraordinary. She decided to run them all — Berlin, London, Chicago, Boston, Tokyo and New York — in under three hours each.

    Flanagan, who is retired from professional running, traveled roughly 10,000 miles round-trip with her toddler son for Berlin and London. She ran Chicago and Boston on back-to-back days. Organizers ultimately canceled the Tokyo race, but Flanagan still ran a marathon on her own near her home in Oregon two weeks ago to make up for it. Her slowest time was in Chicago, which she completed in 2 hours 46 minutes 39 seconds. She completed three of the races in under 2:40, including an extremely fast 2:35:04 in London.

    Now New York is her final test. Flanagan, a coach with Nike’s Bowerman Track Club in Portland who has had two reconstructive knee surgeries, said she is healthy and ready to finish off a quest that seemed ridiculous when she first went public with it.

    Ridiculous, that is, to everyone except her.

    Nadav Gavrielov

    Nov. 7, 2021, 9:47 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 9:47 a.m. ET

    reporting from the marathon

    Robin Gelfenbien has a “damn you are sexy” sign for today’s race. She says one of the elite runners passing by “turned around like full 180 with her head. And I was like, Girl, you gonna fall, stay focused on this race.” She added, “I think it’s always nice to make people laugh as they’re going through something that’s so grueling.”

    Alexandra E. Petri

    Nov. 7, 2021, 9:43 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 9:43 a.m. ET

    Credit…Alexandra Petri/The New York Times

    Tayshia Adams, a co-host and previous star of “The Bachelorette,” was among the runners waiting for the Staten Island Ferry to shuttle them to the starting line of the New York City Marathon.

    Adams is running her first marathon, and it turns out that starring in “The Bachelorette” has helped prepare her for the marathon.

    “My nerves are at bay right now,” Adams, 31, said. “I’m not too crazy nervous, and it’s just about taking a leap of faith and putting yourself out there and hoping for good results.”

    Adams will be joined in the race by her fiancé Zac Clark, 37, who she became engaged to on season 16 of the show. Clark is running the race for the seventh time.

    Matt James and Tyler Cameron, also of the “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” franchise, are also running on Sunday.

    Talya Minsberg

    Nov. 7, 2021, 9:41 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 9:41 a.m. ET

    Credit…Calla Kessler for The New York Times

    On Sunday, Sept. 13, 1970, the day before his senior year began at Long Island City High School, Larry Trachtenberg was one of 127 athletes who lined up in Central Park to run the first New York City Marathon. He was one of 55 finishers.

    Trachtenberg, now 67, is now on the course running the marathon again (this time on the modern course that runs through all five boroughs).

    He is the lone runner who ran the inaugural New York City Marathon who is also racing in this year’s event, the marathon’s 50th running.

    “I wouldn’t go through all of this for Boston or London or whatever,” Trachtenberg said over the phone from his home in Eugene, Ore. “It’s just that it’s New York.”

    Nov. 7, 2021, 9:38 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 9:38 a.m. ET

    For New York City Marathon runners, it’s a journey just to get to the starting line. And for all the fans, volunteers and police, there’s a lot of work to do before the first wave goes off.

    Nov. 7, 2021, 9:38 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 9:38 a.m. ET

    reporting from the marathon

    Rykiel Levine, an emergency room resident at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, came out as a medical volunteer with her fellow residents. It is her first year volunteering. “It means that the world is going back to normal, which is really exciting, and it’s really nice to see the city coming together and connecting and making us feel like this pandemic may be behind us,” she said.

    Credit…Karsten Moran for The New York Times
    Ken Belson

    Nov. 7, 2021, 9:34 a.m. ET

    Nov. 7, 2021, 9:34 a.m. ET

    Credit…Uli Seit for The New York Times

    Marcel Hug of Switzerland, known as the “Silver Bullet,” continued his stellar 2021 by winning his fourth New York City Marathon, dominating the men’s wheelchair race.

    Hug led from the start, finishing in 1 hour 31 minutes 24 seconds.

    Hug, 35, won four gold medals at the Tokyo Paralympic Games this summer, including his second consecutive gold in the marathon. After Tokyo, he won the Berlin, London and Boston marathons and finished in second place in the Chicago Marathon just behind one of his biggest rivals, Daniel Romanchuk of the United States.

    Hug, who is using a new, high-tech chair, lost to Romanchuk by one second in New York City in 2019, after winning in 2017. He held off Kurt Fearnley of Australia, the course record-holder, by six one-hundreds of a second in 2016. In 2013, Hug beat Ernst van Dyk by five-tenths of a second.

    Hug faced no such drama on Sunday. He held a three-minute lead over David Weir of Britain after 20 kilometers and passed the halfway point at 43:52, and was on course to smash the course record by nearly two minutes. His lead ballooned to more than three minutes as he sped up First Avenue. That lead grew to more than six minutes by the finish.

    “It’s really crazy” to win, Hug said after the race. “It’s been such a tough fall with the Paralympics and then all these marathons.”

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