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Runners Race in Central Park Despite Canceled Marathon

By Nia Phillips–Even though New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg canceled the ING New York City Marathon just two days before it was to start, he couldn’t stop people from running.

Several hundred runners, many of whom had journeyed to New York from around the world, participated in an event called “Run Anyway 2012” that involved running four loops around the roads of Central Park.

Running through Central Park on Sunday, it was almost possible to forget that a Hurricane had struck New York less than a week earlier. The only reminders were the yellow caution tape surrounding fallen trees or the toppled fence around the tennis courts. Regardless, the runners still came to run, even if it meant having to dodge pedestrians, cyclists, and pets. Although runners planned to meet in the park, they could not shut down its trails from the public because it was an unofficial race.

The official race, which was cancelled late Friday, had been scheduled to start on Staten Island, one of the most devastated parts of the city following Hurricane Sandy, and end 26.2 miles later in Central Park.

With 40,000 runners expected to arrive in the city for the race, community leaders and city officials asked those already here to help with the volunteer efforts. While “Run Anyway” collected some donations for Hurricane Sandy victims, it mainly served as a means for runners to run 26.2 miles after training for months or sometimes even years for the race.

The race was organized by means of social media on Facebook and Twitter.  Todd Kelley, who helped manage the social media accounts for the event, said that he created the page at 10:30 p.m. on Friday night just hours after Mayor Bloomberg cancelled the marathon. By Sunday morning at about noon, nearly 2,000 people “liked” the Facebook page. Many of them came to ride on Sunday, although just how many participated is not clear.

“We’re started this because everyone who’s running the New York City marathon is running for some cause. We couldn’t officially run for our cause, so we put something out there for people to run,” said Kelly, who stood after/before the race near a group of runners taking a picture with a Hurricane Sandy sign.

Even the “Run Anyway” slogan of the event represented this idea. Its Facebook page says, “When we run for a cause, we need to run anyway,” paying homage to the meaning why so many marathon runners decide to participate in the endurance event.

Many runners raise money for different causes from sponsors who donate a certain amount for each mile they run. The reason to run does not necessarily have to be to raise money for charity research but to mark an important milestone in one’s life.

Mariel Fresneau, for example, came to New York City from France. She said she decided to train for the marathon for a fun cause— to celebrate her sister’s 50th birthday.

Gana Batjargal is from Mongolia. She said participating in Run Anyway was more about completing 26.2 miles. “We came all this way and I believe that every runner has a cause. We’re not just running for fun. I know it’s not the same as the marathon with al the glory, but we are running for support.”

Most runners said they sympathized with how much the city is hurting. Regardless, they believe that the last minute decision to cancel the race was inappropriate.

Andres Uriate, who came to New York City with 20 runners from Chilé, said:  “It was very worrying because we spent a lot of money to get here. It’s disappointing because they notified us the day after we got here, but now we are happy and enjoying the day.”

Even those that came from other states within the United States were greatly inconvenienced by Mayor Bloomberg’s late decision to cancel the race.

Rebecca Pike drove 13 hours to New York City from South Carolina. Her original flight to the city was canceled and she made the decision to come to the city just to find out that the race could never officially start. Despite her extreme disappointment after training for four years she said, “I understand why they canceled, but they should have pushed it earlier. I spent a lot of money, lost money, and lost my race fee.”

The New York City Marathon made some slight changes to its very strict no-refund policy for the race. Runners who were unable to make it to New York City by November 3rd at 11:59 p.m. were able to gain guaranteed entry into the 2013 race. Those who made the trip to the city like Pike are still unsure if they will receive a refund, up to $347 for some.

The AP reported that the New York Road Runners, the organization that hosts the marathon, is reviewing this policy. A statement on their website says they need a “little time to work out the details and make thoughtful decisions.”

Even though the race was cancelled, pieces of the official marathon were scattered throughout Central Park on Sunday. Bright orange and blue flags lined the posts along the trails. The “finish line” sign was erected but runners could not stand directly under it. The sign was surrounded by silver barricades and monitored by security guards and the occasional NYPD officer. Instead, runners posed in front of the barrier, many wearing the bright colors of their country’s flag.

Supporters and spectators, scattered in groups along the trails, cheered for the runners as they looped around the park to complete 26.2 miles. They passed out cups of water, bananas, and even the occasional piece of Starburst candy. While much smaller, many elements of the marathon were still present in its unofficial, less glamorous manifestation on Sunday morning.

Batarjal summarized the attitude of many participating in Run Anyway the best. “It’s a beautiful day, so why not run?”

 

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In Brooklyn, Gospel Raises the Spirits of Marathon Runners

by Elaisha Stokes

For years, the New York City Marathon was seen as something of a nuisance for Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn. Located on the corner of St James Place and Lafayette Avenue, at the nine mile mark of the marathon, the church suffered with noise from the runners on the streets and the crowds of onlookers who came to cheer them on. But instead of letting the annual event get the best of them, the church decided to use it as an opportunity to praise the lord’s name. And so, Sunday services were cancelled on the first weekend of November, and a new tradition was born.

Each year on Marathon Sunday Total Praise, the gospel choir of the church, raises its  voice in song above the noise of the screaming fans.

“We sing on the steps,” said Shareka Newton, the executive pastor of the church. “It gives us an opportunity to come out of the church walls and into the community.”

On Sunday, the steps of the church were flanked with women dressed in bright orange, the official color of this year’s race. The 80 members of Total Praise sing in rotations to raucous crowds while the hopeful marathoners speed by a crowd estimated at 2 million. Volunteers hold out bottled water and bananas for runners who need a moment to refuel. Others make it their business to call out the names of participants who need a little extra encouragement.  But it’s the gospel choir that takes center stage. Mic’d up and amplified for all the neighbors to hear, members flail arms and raise their voice to the high heavens.  Exclamations of joy and halleluiah are made to lift the spirits of runners, who raise their hands towards the sky and wave along with the gospel choir as they speed by the church. For Juny Francois, a Haitian American and veteran marathon runner, the vision of her church’s choir gives her an energetic push early on in the race.

“There’s nothing like it,” said Francois. “I’ve run marathons all over the world. The hometown crowd, the music from my church’s choir. It connects me with God.”

This year, the church has four members participating in the race. Francois is the best runner of the bunch. She is what’s known as a local competitor, pacing an average mile in about 7 minutes and 30 seconds. At 10:52 AM she speeds past the steps of Emmanuel Baptist. Her son, Samuel Mahlangu, doesn’t even have time to snap a photo.

“I tried to record her, but I couldn’t even get a clip,” said Mahlangu. “She was running so fast.”

Francois’ love affair with long distance running started as what she called a “fluke.” She ran track in high school, eventually completing a five-kilometer race. Next she participated in a half marathon, and finally a full marathon.

“Then,” said Francois, “I became addicted.”

She has since run marathons all over the world, including Berlin and Madrid. For Francois, part of the passion of running is raising money for a good cause. This year, the cause hits close to home. Francois has raised $25,000 to benefit Haiti Green Home, a non-profit organization that develops eco friendly homes for displaced victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Francois said dedicating her run to Haiti gives her the strength she needs to reach for her personal best.

“Haitians are not really runners,” said Francois. “Not like Africans. But running comes naturally to me. If my passion can benefit my country, then all the better.”

At Emmanuel Baptist, the parish has been resolute in their support of Francois’ efforts. Many of the members of the parish helped Francois fundraise for her run. Still, the church believes that their music remains their largest contribution to the event.

“When the runners hear our voices, it cheers them along,” said Claudette Williams, a 16-year veteran of the choir. “It’s always good to sing the praises of the Lord to raise the spirit.”

As the runners stream by the sun-filled church steps, even the most cynical fans can’t help but have faith that a little bit of hometown spirit can go a long way. Maybe a full 26.2 miles.

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Faith and the 26.2: St. Patrick’s “Runner’s Mass”

by Jackie Kostek

Just hours after finishing his fourth New York City Marathon on Sunday, the Rev. Joseph Tyrell stood at the altar at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, holding his finisher’s medal high over his head.

“Today, I ran through the five boroughs!” said Tyrell, applause echoing through the cathedral.  “Stand up if you ran the marathon today.”

Thirty runners, proud but tired, stood up to the enthusiastic applause.  At the conclusion of mass, he asked them to come forward and posed for pictures and friends and relatives snapped away.

“This is the Mass I look forward to,” said Tyrell.  “We put our medals on, and come back to say thanks to God.”

Yvonne Jessup, a marathoner from California, said she went to St. Patrick’s after the race because even when she’s out of town, she never misses mass.

“Tonight, I came to thank God for the strength that got me through,” said Jessup.

An Irish marathoner, Sean McGoldrick, said he went to a similar “runner’s mass” a couple years ago when he ran the Boston marathon.

“Running is a very spiritual sport,” said McGoldrick, “but I really just came to see how Father Tyrell did.”

While 30 runners showed up for the 5:30 mass after the race, there was an even bigger crowd the night before for the official “Runner’s Mass.”  Tyrell said St. Patrick’s isn’t the only parish to bless the runners pre-race, but he said his own marathon participation has made St. Patrick’s “Runner’s Mass” the most popular.

“At the first ‘Runner’s Mass,’ we had about 100 runners,” Tyrell said on Saturday.  “Tonight, we had 400 to 500 runners.  It was packed up there.”

At the end of the mass on Saturday afternoon, Tyrell invited the runners up to the altar for the blessing.  Tyrell said the “blessing of the runners” is as much about building camaraderie as it is about “splashing everyone” with holy water.

Martin Taylor, who is from Ireland and has run 11 New York City marathons, said he comes back to the city each year especially for the mass.

“I just love the way it brings the whole community together,” Taylor said.  “I love the sermon, and how he makes the scripture relevant.”

Paul and Diana Karls, a married couple from Wisconsin, said they also find significance in Tyrell’s sermon.

“I will use his words tomorrow,” said Ms. Karls, “especially during those last miles.”

Tyrell’s sermon on Saturday night was a lesson in how to make the ancient scriptures applicable to modern life.  In this case, it was all about the 26.2-mile race.

“I was particularly struck by the Father’s words, ‘They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint,’” said Siobhan Hearney, an Irish marathoner running the race with her husband and friends.

“It’s not just physical, it’s spiritual,” said Hearney.

Hearney said she would also focus her thoughts while running on the charity she supports, Foy Hospice.

Tyrell calls what Hearney does “running with a purpose.”

Tyrell raises money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  He said his reason for running is particularly close to home.

“I had a parishioner years ago who had MS,” said Tyrell, “and she took 26 hours to run the marathon.  Not that’s courage.  That’s faith that kept her going.”

At the mass after the run,Tyrell said listening to scripture on his iPod helped him keep going.

And on Sunday, Tyrell ran his fastest marathon yet, clocking in at 4:01:21.


“This was the first time I’ve ever run a marathon so fast,” said Tyrell.  “I really needed faith, I had nothing left.  I actually hit the wall, and I had to keep repeating to myself, ‘In Christ, I can do all things, in Christ, I can do all things.”

 

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Four Irish Women find a Different Way to Win the Race

As featured on irishcentral.com

By Ines Novacic

While most attention is fixed on who crossed the finish line first at the New York City Marathon, there are different ways to win the race. For a group of four girlfriends from Limerick, Ireland, it was charity rather than personal glory that motivated them to partake in the world-renown 26.2 mile-run.

“I was roped into it over a few drinks by Sinead,” joked Mary Tobin, 33, pointing to her fellow runner and friend, Sinead Cusack. “My nephew was helped by Enable Ireland, so fundraising for this trip was close to home.”Enable Ireland is a national voluntary organization providing therapy and services to children and adults with physical and sensory disabilities throughout Ireland. They have 33 sites in 14 locations, and fundraising by individuals or groups is confined to the locality they come from. The girls are from Limerick, so the money will raised will go to the Enable Ireland Limerick branch. Joanne Murphy, an official from En
“Everyone recognizes the name because it’s local, and we wanted to be successful in fundraising and promoting our cause,” explained Deirdre O’Byrne, another one of the quartet runners. Sunday, the day of the race, was also her 30thbirthday.able Ireland Galway, said that the organization followed a social model of disability theory that focused on the person, not the disability.Tobin, Cusack, O’Byrne, and 28-year-old Neisha Leahy all know each other from school or their local soccer team in County Limerick. They began training in April, and stuck to a schedule of both short and long runs every week before flying into JFK International Airport last Thursday.“Three weeks ago, we did a 20-mile run, the longest we’ve ever done,” said Tobin, who, like Leahy, participated in the New York City Marathon for the first time this year.“I’d never run a marathon until this September,” said Leahy. “I just want to finish, keep the pace.”

For Cusack and O’Byrne, this was their third time running the marathon, and both women said that there was just some sort of pull to New York, so that they hadn’t thought about competing anywhere else. Leahy and Tobin agreed that the combination of a fundraising race, and a shopping trip to New York, made them all the more interested in and committed to training. Seated in the lobby of the Helmsley Hotel on east 42nd Street the night before the race, the women talked about relaxing over dinner and a movie, and looked forward to “being celebs” for a day, with more than 2 million spectators cheering them on.

The lobby of the Helmsley was packed with runners, sneakers attached to their backpacks, and accompanied by excited family and friends. Most hurried towards the Sports Travel International desk from Ireland, headed by Mayo-born Martin Joyce, 56.

Joyce set up the Irish office of Sports Travel International in Dublin in 1988, and brought 17 runners to compete in New York for the first time in 1990.

“It was small beginnings, but we peaked in 2008 with 500 people coming to the New York marathon,” said Joyce.

This year, Sports Travel accommodated 330 people, of which 300 were runners. Joyce said that he decreased the standard package price by 100 euros, $140, this year. “New York is not a cheap place to come, and it’s actually the only one that has dipped. It’s a big commitment, but I reckon its bottom level now. It’ll just go up from here, confidence is coming back in Ireland,” he added.

As with other Sports Travel International operators, purchasing a deal with Joyce’s company guarantees entry into the New York City Marathon, an otherwise lottery-operated application system. This year, about 60 percent of Joyce’s customers represented charities. “Fundraising is tough, but the drop in charity entries is far from significant,” he explained.

Cusack, Leahy, O’Byrne, and Tobin each surpassed their fundraising target of 3,250 euros, almost $4,500, by an extra 1000 euros, or $1,380. Cusack and O’Byrne finished the race in four hours, and were thrilled because they beat their personal best. Tobin and Leahy found the experience exhausting, but were proud of their achievement. “It was so tough but the crowd really pushed me through and I couldn’t have picked a better place to do my first ever marathon,” Leahy said.

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Marathon-ing After Marriage

Kesang Sherpa after finishing the 26.2-mile marathon

By Linda Ong

In mid-October, Kesang Sherpa rejoiced at her weddings in South Asia, but on Nov. 6, the Brooklyn resident celebrated what she now considers an even greater feat — completing her first marathon. Sherpa crossed the finish line of the New York City Marathon in just under six hours.

“I wanted to do something for myself,” said Sherpa. “I’m really happy with how I did.”

Sherpa, dressed in a fluorescent green jersey and black running shorts, was one among 47,000 participants who ran the 26.2-mile route through Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan. Crowds lined the streets of the city, cheering on runners with words of support, waving brightly-colored signs with runners’ names, and clanking instruments when runners passed by. For Sherpa, her husband Sonam Ukyab, was her biggest fan. Throughout the day, Ukyab tracked Sherpa by checking “JoinIn,” a mobile application which allowed people to track runners on their phone.

“I’ve been following her all day,” said Ukyab, wearing a black parka jacket and jeans, with a camera in hand to document his wife’s accomplishment. “But, I was only able to see her at Long Island City and 87th Street and Fifth Ave.”

At both mile markers, Ukyab said that Sherpa looked fresh and energetic.

“She did well,” said Ukyab. “I’m so proud of her.”

In June, Sherpa began to train for the marathon alongside other runners who represented “Team For Kids,” a charity that provides low-cost or free school and community-based health and fitness programs to children in New York City. Sherpa said she was initially worried that she wouldn’t be able to raise enough money.

“I thought to myself- ‘how am I going to raise $2,600?’” she said. “But, from the support of family and friends, I collected about $3000.”

Three evenings a week, Sherpa practiced with other Team For Kids runners in Central Park. However, Sherpa had to take an abrupt break from her marathon preparation for not one, but two elaborate wedding ceremonies in South Asia.

“We married in traditional Tibetan culture — we wore chubas,” she said referring to a traditional Tibetan robe that is bound around the waist by a long sash. “The prayer ceremony that precedes the reception, itself, lasted about four hours.”

In early October, the newlyweds had one reception in Darjeeling, India, where Sherpa’s family resides, and another in Nepal, where Ukyab’s family is originally from.

“We flew back to New York City right after,” she said. “But, I missed three critical weeks of training.”

Due to this gap in training and pre-existing knee problems, Sherpa said she was nervous in the days leading to the Sunday’s marathon. Overall, she said she is satisfied with her performance, and that Michelle Blake, her friend and running partner, provided Sherpa with much support. It was only after two-thirds into the marathon that Sherpa said she felt challenged the most.

“Once I hit mile 20, I thought to myself: ‘I have mile 21, 22, 23… it’s never going to end,” she said. “I asked my friend Michelle, ‘Can we walk?’ But, she encouraged me to keep going.”

At around 5:15 p.m., Sherpa crossed the finish line and Ukyab and her family were waiting to congratulate her.

“It’s motivational watching Kesang, especially for her nieces and nephews,” said Lakpa Sherpa, Sherpa’s cousin, who donated towards Sherpa’s fundraising goal for Team For Kids. Lakpa came with her children towards the end of the race to embrace her cousin. “She’s the only runner in the family, so it’s important.”

The newlyweds said they are considering running the marathon together as a couple in the future.

“We have never done that before- we might start fighting,” said Ukyab, laughing. “But, I know it would be fun.”

 

 

 

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The Travails of the ‘Brown Runner’

By Sarah Laing

Felix ran the New York City marathon in a shoe rubber burning 3 hours and ten minutes. His friends, waiting on the sidelines, were not particularly impressed.

“We thought he would do it in about three hours,” said Raj, of Felix, his future brother in law.

“Felix has been running for 20 years,” added Rico. “He got a full athletic scholarship to college, and he’s run lots of other marathons.”

The two men, along with Tina, stood under an oak tree, half on the sidewalk, half in the pedestrian-packed street. The trio, all of Indian descent and all reluctant to give their full names, stood alongside other friends and relatives of runners, at the corner of 79th and Central Park West. The block felt like an airport arrivals lounge, awaiting the disembark of 47,438 sweaty, exhausted but exultant passengers.

All three members of “Team Felix” are runners themselves. Tina has completed several half marathons, and Raj would have been running alongside Felix, but missed out on the race lottery. Instead, he turned his energies toward ‘helping’ his soon-to-be relative.

“I tried to sabotage his diet. All he was eating was rice and beans!”, Raj said with a mischievous smile.

Supportive as these three friends might be, Raj said this level of enthusiasm for athletic endeavors is rare in the Indian community.

“Indians are just not impressed by physical feats,” he shrugged. “In white families, they would be boasting about how their kid had run a marathon, but in Indian families, they’d rather you were studying, working toward your medical degree or something.”

“It’s tough being a brown runner,” said Raj, heaving a great mock sigh.

Squinting up into the autumn sunshine, the 30-year-old the second generation American waxed philosophical.

“We’re always the only brown people in the gym, working out with a bunch of white guys. You know – I think we might be the only Indian people here,” he said, crossing his arms and surveying the crowd.

“Felix better hurry up!”, he said laughing.

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Slideshow: The “Subway Sinatra” Kicks off the Marathon

by Olivia Smith

Gary Russo, aka 2nd Avenue Subway Sinatra, was working on an MTA project when he started singing on his lunch breaks. With the help of YouTube, Russo is now world famous. He was asked to sing at the New York City Marathon this year, where he performed at the starting line on the Verrazano Bridge.

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Every Year, a Pilgrimmage to New York to Guide Disabled Athletes

by John Light

As hundreds of marathon runners passed beneath the elevated railroad tracks before the Queensboro Bridge, patches of athletes in neon yellow stood out in the railroad’s shadow. The vibrant runners were members of Achilles International, a worldwide group of physically disabled athletes and the guides who lead them in races.

One of the Achilles guides, Yasmin Alia Khan, a Bangladeshi-American, traveled to New York from Geneva, Switzerland, where she works with healthcare NGOs improving international access to immunizations. On marathon day, Khan ran beside a visually-impaired woman  from Geneva, guiding her on the 26.2-mile run.

“The whole point of Achilles is that these people should be able to participate in mainstream athletics,” said Khan.

Khan and her boyfriend, Eric Williams, have been training in Switzerland with Achilles athletes for months. She said that for a visually-impaired athlete, training for the marathon is the same as it would be for anyone else – it just requires a vigilant running partner.

“We have a group that goes on long runs during the weekend,” Khan said. “We follow your usual marathon training schedule – except usually someone’s holding on to her headband, guiding her, and staying around her to make sure she’s protected.”

The New York marathon is the largest event of the year for Achilles. This year, 300 disabled athletes from around the world ran with the help of 200 guides. For decades, the New York marathon has been accepting of alternate methods of competing that allow disabled runners to participate. Achilles was founded in 1983 by Dick Traum, an above-the-knee amputee who, in 1976, became the first amputee to run the marathon.

“It’s pretty open. No one’s going to question you,” said Williams, who heads Geneva’s Achilles chapter.

Williams and Khan have found it to be more difficult for disabled athletes in Switzerland than in New York.

“The New York Marathon is very cooperative with Achilles because they’re longstanding; they have a really good relationship and partnership with them,” said Khan. “But us, in Geneva, not all the races are familiar with it. We’ve had some issues with races.”

In particular, Khan and Williams found some Swiss races reluctant to allow disabled athletes to begin earlier, as they do in New York, or to take longer while running the race.

In New York, hundreds of athletes in wheelchairs, some of them with Achilles, started in Staten Island at 9:00 a.m. – an hour before the bulk of the runners. All through the day, as runners surged through the boroughs, Achilles athletes stood out among them in their bright yellow shirts, all competing in different ways, all with guides, pushing towards Manhattan.

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Funky Fashion At the Finish Line

by Leisha Majtan

Before the pink gorilla, before the banana, and even before the wizard, Superman—with his superhuman speed—flew across the finish line Sunday to complete the New York City Marathon in just over three and a half hours.

This Superman is Steve Lee, 39, originally from Myanmar. He and his friends chose to run the marathon as super heroes for the first time. One dressed as Mr. Incredible, another as Bat Girl, the third as Captain America, and the last as Thor. Lee, an experienced runner who has run 43 marathons in cities around the world, said at first he was worried the Superman costume would be kryptonite to his run, but the cool weather made it comfortable. After his successful flight, the only thing that suffered was his voice.

“I lost my voice while running! So many people were yelling at me. I yelled ‘thank you’ so many times!” Lee said.

As Lee talked about the great response he received from his Man of Steel costume, a little boy walked by and pointed and shouted with amazement at the Superman that stood before him.

“See?” he said.

Lee was not the only one of the 47,438 runners dressed in abnormal attire for the race. One grape, two clowns, and a male Minnie Mouse also could be seen trotting along the 26.2 mile route. The majority of runners were of course, dressed in more traditional wear—Spandex, sweat pants, and some who were shirtless.

Among the successful runners huddled in their shiny silver blankets to keep warm near the end of the course at Columbus Circle, was a pink gorilla and his banana. The gorilla, Victor Hambarsoumian, 31, a first time marathon runner from Long Island, stood with Janet Harden, 39, dressed as a banana, from Michigan.

“Janet is a 12-time marathoner. She kicked my butt! I chased the banana the entire time,” Hambarsoumian said.

Hambarsoumian trained six times while wearing the costume before running the marathon. He said it was not a problem to wear the heavy suit and that it actually kept him warm during the early hours of the race. This was Harden’s first time running in her banana suit.

Harden said Hambarsoumian gave her a call and convinced her to run as banana.

“I must have had a weak moment,” Harden said as she explained why she did it.

While some people wore the garb for attention, others had different meaning behind their costumes.

Bucky McAllister, 44, from Park Slope, ran his third New York City Marathon yesterday. This one, however, had different meaning than the previous two. McAllister walked slowly after the race with a black cape draped over his shoulders and with a Harry Potter wizard hat on his head. “Running for Moose” was written in black permanent marker on his shirt and was prominently displayed on his chest for all to see. He showed off his shirt with pride. McAllister ran in honor of his friend, Mark “Moose” Green, who has brain cancer.

“The best part of the race was that people said his name a lot,” McAllister said as his voice broke.

He bent down slowly to pull out his wand from his recovered baggage to show off his complete uniform.

“I figured he could use a little magic.”

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