Saturday, November 1, 2008

nyc marathon: international friendship run, 2008 photos

what a difference a year can make! incredibly beautiful weather this morning contrasted the cold, damp conditions we faced last year. even more amazing was the turnout for the 2008 international friendship run - 16,000! that was almost half of the 39,000 marathon participants!

from the sound of the cheers, it seemed that the german contingent was the largest (or loudest), followed, in a close second, by the french and italians. standing, then running, in that ocean of international participants really brought home the global nature of the nyc marathon!

here are some of the photos i took along the way. the highlight was reaching 59th street via 6th avenue, turning left onto central park south, and following the blue line to the finish! last year, because of the trials, this part of the friendship run wasn't included.

the start.

some artfully dressed british runners!

mary wittenberg

mary wittenburg presented the 2008 abebe bikila award to lornah kiplagat of the netherlands

running past the united nations.

running along 42nd street.

passing the ny public library - where the bus pick-up will be tomorrow morning.

another view of the library.

turning north on to 6th avenue.

passing radio city music hall.

central park south (along the marathon blue line)!

entering the park.

about to turn north to the finish line.

the only aid station (just before the finish).

view of the finish.

view of the finish.

after the run i took the train down to greenwich village for some carbo-reloading at the blind tiger ale house :D

here are race photos from the marthon on sunday.


Running Log said...

Thanks for the nice photos. I had no idea it was such an international event.

rundangerously said...

thanks for stopping by, running log. definitely a fun event to check out (and nice glimpse of the nycm finish line).