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MAKE WAY! Thousands of runners cross the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge for the 50th New York City Marathon. ANGELA WEISS—GETTY IMAGES

About 25,000 athletes took part in the New York City Marathon, on November 7. It was the race’s 50th running. For many, the day felt like a comeback. Last year’s race was canceled because of the pandemic.

This year, new steps were in place to keep people safe. Runners had to show proof of vaccination. Or they had to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Spectators were asked to practice social distancing.

People from 91 countries ran the race. Like all marathons, it is about 26 miles long. Albert Korir, from Kenya, won the men’s division. He finished in two hours, eight minutes, and 22 seconds. Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir won the women’s division. She finished in two hours, 22 minutes, and 39 seconds. “It’s not easy,” she said of the New York course.