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New York City Marathon 2006

Robert Caplin for The New York Times

November 5, 2006
Jelena Prokopcuka and Gomes dos Santos accept their medals on the winners' platform in Central Park.

The New York City Marathon is an annual marathon foot-race run over a 26.2 mile course through the five boroughs of New York City. The NYC Marathon is the largest marathon in the world, with 36,856 runners in 2005 and more than 90,000 applicants in 2006. Along with the Boston Marathon and Chicago Marathon, it is considered the pre-eminent long-distance annual running event in the United States.

The race is produced by the New York Road Runners and has been run every year since 1970. In recent years, it has also been sponsored by financial giant ING. It is held on the first Sunday of November and attracts professional competitors and amateurs from all over the world. Because of the popularity of the race, participation is limited to 37,000 entrants chosen largely by a lottery system, with preference given to previous participants. Runners who are members of the NYRRC can also gain entry by meeting the qualifications for guaranteed entry or via nomination from an official running club. Officially recognized running clubs are allowed two guaranteed spots for members who did not make it in via lottery.

  The course

The course begins on Staten Island near the approach to the Verrazano Narrows Bridge (time limit: 8 1/2 hours from the 10:10 a.m. start). The bridge, which normally carries only vehicular traffic, is closed for the event. In the opening minutes of the race, the bridge is filled with runners, creating a dramatic spectacle that is closely associated with the event.

The course winds through Brooklyn and Queens, crosses the East River on the Queensboro Bridge into Manhattan. It then proceeds north on First Avenue, crosses briefly into the Bronx over the Harlem River before returning to Manhattan. It then proceeds south through Harlem and into Central Park and terminates near Tavern on the Green

The top male finisher was Marílson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil in a time of 2:09:58, while Jelena Prokopcuka of Latvia won the female marathon for the second consecutive time in a time of 2:25:05. Gomes de Santos becomes the first South American ever to win the race. Stephen Kiogora of Kenya placed second, and Paul Tergat, the 2005 defending champion, placed third. Retired professional road racing cyclist, Lance Armstrong competed in the 2006 race finishing 856th with a time of 2:59:36.

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