2021 NYC Marathon Live Broadcast!

Marking a jubilant return, some 30,000 competitors made the 26.2-mile journey across the five boroughs.

2021 NYC Marathon

The runners gathered in early morning darkness on Staten Island. They ran past confetti cannons in Brooklyn and a heavy metal band in Queens. And after being cheered along in the South Bronx, they raced down through Manhattan and ended in Central Park, where volunteers welcomed them with medals and supporters clapped from grandstands.

After being canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the New York City Marathon returned on Sunday for its 50th running. For many New Yorkers, the race served as a metaphor for the city’s arduous recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, an opportunity to express pride and indulge in community after months of lockdowns and halting efforts to reopen.

The day also provided plenty of drama. Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya pulled away in the final meters to win the women’s race, just three months after she won gold in the women’s marathon at the Tokyo Olympics. Albert Korir of Kenya won the men’s race for his first major championship, pulling away from a decorated field.

Marcel Hug of Switzerland, known as the Silver Bullet, continued his stellar year by winning the men’s wheelchair race for the fourth time, and Madison de Rozario of Australia won her first women’s wheelchair title.

Despite a smaller field — about 30,000 participants, down from 53,000 in 2019 — and some other pandemic-related limitations, it was hard to escape the collective optimism. “It just felt like a homecoming party,” said Joe Shayne, a running coach, after he completed the race.

Or as a D.J. blasting dance music along the course in Brooklyn put it: “We can’t even tell you how much we missed you. We’re back, that’s all that matters.”

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