In the long run: Photos of the marathon’s slog through Brooklyn

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ON A ROLL: This hand-cyclist was among the racers with disabilities first out of the gate in Bay Ridge.
IRON WOMEN: These athletes lead the pack at the race’s five-mile mark in Bay Ridge.
RUNNNG FOR THEIR LIVES: Leaders in the male division were still bunched up at the five-mile mark.
MARCHING ON: A runner with a prosthetic foot makes her way down Fourth Avenue.
CHILL FACTOR: This loincloth-clad runner must have been cold during the Nov. 2 marathon, when the day’s high was 48 degrees.
KEEP TRUCKIN’: Crowds came out in force to cheer runners along Flatbush Avenue.
TAKING THE STREETS: Runners flooded a temporarily pedestrian-friendly Fourth Avenue.
LOVE TO CHAT, BUT I’VE GOTTA RUN: Richie Crippen of Boerum Hill greets his friend, runner JoJo Whilden of Williamsburg, along Fourth Avenue in Boerum Hill.
HELLO, STRANGER: One spectaror provides a little anonymous support.
THIS GUY: A spectator hands runners water in Williamsburg.
MOVING ON: Marathoners make their way up Manhattan Avenue in Greepoint during the race’s last leg in Brooklyn.
GIVE ‘EM A HAND: A bystander connects with a runner along the 26-mile course.
GET INTO GEAR: A spectator helps runners rally at the intersection on Manhattan Avenue at Greenpoint Avenue.

They’ve gotta be sore.

More than 971,200 runners from 181 countries hoofed it 26.2 miles through the five boroughs for the New York City Marathon on Nov. 2. The annual jaunt spent more time in Brooklyn than any other borough. Marathoners ran 12 miles from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Bay Ridge to the Pulaski Bridge in Greenpoint. The race took contestants up Fourth Avenue from Bay Ridge to Downtown, over on Flatbush and Lafayette Avenues in Fort Greene, and up Bedford Manhattan avenues from Bedford-Stuyvesant to Greenpoint.

Wilson Kipsang of Kenya finished in just 2:10:59, according to race organizers. Birhanu Dare Kemal, who was born in Ethiopia but lives in Manhattan, was the first New Yorker to cross the finish line — just 8 minutes after Kipsang. The average runner finished in 4:24:57, marathon data show.

Participants faced a particularly tough race through Brooklyn on Sunday, when a headwind bore down on athletes at up to 40 miles per hour. And there was the cold. Sunday’s temperature, which never topped 48 degrees, approached the marathon’s all-time lowest max temperature of 41 degrees in 1995.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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