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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, marking the race’s 50th running. For many, the day represented a comeback. Last year’s race was canceled because of the pandemic.

This year, measures were in place to ensure runners’ safety. Entrants had to show proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test from within 48 hours of race day. Spectators were asked to practice social distancing.

Runners from 91 countries took part. Albert Korir, from Kenya, won the men’s division. He ran the 26.2-mile race in two hours, eight minutes, and 22 seconds. Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir won the women’s division, finishing in two hours, 22 minutes, and 39 seconds. 
“It’s not easy,” she said of the New York course.