A Marathon Runs Though It: The Race in Queens

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Here they come . . .
An now an important message from the race’s helpers: the Vaseline is to ease the chaffing of pumping arms and legs. You know if you need it.
Choice of Gatorade or water.
Auxiliary police keep an eye out.
Encouragement or a warning?
Nothing like seeing the kids in the crowd at the halfway mark.
The presence of the National Gaurd was not conspicuous, but it could be spotted at certain key points.
Heading down Vernon Boulevard for the 59th Street Bridge.
Best sign of the day.
Mom stops for a kiss from her husband and the kids.
Yasushi Tanaka came all the way from of Kawasaki, Japan to run in the marathon dressed as Minnie Mouse. It’s a Disney thing.
Lynda and Desmond McGoe of Ridgefield, Conn. where surprised to see the welcome their family had waiting for them at the halfway mark — cardboard cut-outs of their faces.
Discarded cups nearing the watering stations began to builtdup around hour four of the race.
The toll on some runners is starting to show around Mile 15 on 40th Avenue.
The end.

Under a rainy sky, 52,000 — more or less — people in sneakers and short pants jogged through Queens on their way to Manhattan. Thousands more lined the streets for the 47th edition of the New York City Marathon, clanking cow bells and yelling out encouragement to runners who’d written their names in Magic Marker on their jerseys.

The course through Queens covers barely two of the race’s 26.2 miles. But it takes the runners over the section of Vernon Boulevard choked with restaurants and bars, through a sparsely populated warehouse district along 40th Street and then up and over the Queensborough Bridge into Manhattan.

In the wake of a terror attack in downtown Manhattan that killed eight bicyclists earlier in the week, security was ratcheted up for the race. Sand trucks were parked at key intersections and an occasional National Guard soldier carrying automatic weapons was spotted in doorways and on corners along the way.

If you missed it, here are the sights of this year’s marathon in Queens.

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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