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NYC Marathon: Drama, fanfare swirl around final group of marathon runners
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NYC Marathon: Drama, fanfare swirl around final group of marathon runners

Most of the late finishers had been relegated to walking the course – either due to cramping, or to more serious medical problems.

NYC Marathon: The Bellos of Caracas at Sunset Park
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NYC Marathon: The Bellos of Caracas at Sunset Park

Brothers, sisters, husbands and wives were there to make some noise as their relations undertook a massive feat of physical endurance.

NYC Marathon: Pastries and cheers in East Harlem
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NYC Marathon: Pastries and cheers in East Harlem

The East Harlem vibe was jovial with colorful banners lining the fences of Jefferson Park, a hip hop group performing a few paces away and blue ribbon fencing off the spectator areas.

NYC Marathon: Swiss spirit
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NYC Marathon: Swiss spirit

The Swiss spirit could be seen throughout the crowd that surrounded the bridge, a Swiss flag popping up here and a red shirt showing up there. The Manhattan side of the Queensboro Bridge is the 16-mile mark, and one of the most popular cheering zones along the 26.2-mile route.

NYC Marathon: A soulful welcome in Harlem
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NYC Marathon: A soulful welcome in Harlem

A gospel music welcome for runners in Harlem.

NYC Marathon: Bundled up and waiting
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NYC Marathon: Bundled up and waiting

When they finally spotted Jenna come around the corner, they went wild, waving their signs and shouting, “Go Jenna, You can do it,” as she dashed by in a large crowd.