A Race Like No Other: 26.2 Miles Through the Streets of New York

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2009-10-01
  • Publisher: Perennial
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The New York City Marathon: 26.2 grueling miles across five bridges and through five distinct boroughs, accompanied by the cheers of two million fans and propelled by the unique motivation that churns inside every participant.

Author Biography

A sportswriter for seventeen years-the last nine at the New York Times-Liz Robbins has covered marathons, the Olympics, tennis, and the NBA. She lives in New York City and frequents the running trails of Central Park.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Huddled Masses: The Start, Fort Wadsworth, Staten Islandp. 9
Epic Aspirations: Verrazano-Narrows Bridgep. 23
Fairy-Tale Beginning: Women's Professional Startp. 35
A Deliberate Path: Men's and Mass Start, the Bridge to Bay Ridgep. 45
Sole Searching: Miles 4 and 5, Fourth Avenue, Brooklynp. 55
Extra Letter, Extra Help: Mile 6, Fourth Avenue, Sunset Park, Brooklynp. 67
Second Place: Mile 7, Park Slope, Brooklynp. 77
"Gonna Fly Now": Mile 8, Lafayette Avenue, Brooklynp. 89
The Kenyan Mystique: Mile 9, Entering Bed-Stuy, Brooklynp. 97
A Modest Mile: Mile 10, Bedford Avenue, Williamsburgp. 109
"Ain't No Stopping Us Now": Mile 11, Williamsburgp. 121
Blintzes or Bust: Mile 12, Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklynp. 133
Details, Details: Mile 13.1, Halfway Mark, on the Pulaski Bridgep. 139
Barbie Goes to Jail: Mile 14, Long Island City, Queensp. 149
Putting It on the Line: Mile 15, Queensboro Bridge, Queens to Manhattanp. 159
Bond of Brothers: Mile 16, First Avenue, 59th Street to 72nd Streetp. 169
Zoo Lake: Mile 17, First Avenue, 72nd Street to 92nd Streetp. 181
Kings of Quirk: Mile 18, First Avenue, 92nd Street to 112th Streetp. 195
On the Path of Pioneers: Mile 19, First Avenue, 112th Street to Willis Avenue Bridgep. 205
The Wall: Mile 20, the Bronxp. 219
Breathing New Life: Mile 21, Fifth Avenue, Harlemp. 229
Victory One: Mile 22, Marcus Garvey Park to 103rd Street and Fifth Avenuep. 237
Lungs of New York: Mile 23, Fifth Avenue to Central Parkp. 247
What Price Glory? Ryan Shay (1979-2007): Mile 24 Sunday; Mile 5 Saturdayp. 259
The Race Must Go On: Mile 25, East Drive to Central Park Southp. 271
Making the Move: Mile 26, Central Park South to West Drivep. 283
Reasons and Revelations: The Finish Linep. 291
Acknowledgmentsp. 315
Selected Bibliographyp. 321
Indexp. 323
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