NYC Marathon Sets Record With Nearly 52,000 Finishers

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The New York City Marathon has set a record for the most finishers of any marathon worldwide — 52,812.

Organizers said Monday the total topped the mark of 51,394 from the 2016 NYC Marathon. The race through the city’s five boroughs Sunday was watched by more than 1 million spectators on a crisp fall day.

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Mary Keitany of Kenya were the men’s and women’s winners. It was Keitany’s fourth victory in New York. Desisa won this race for the first time.

The wheelchair winners were Daniel Romanchuk of the U.S. and Manuela Schar of Switzerland.

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THE WINNERS: Mary Keitany of #Kenya and Lelisa Desisa (PHOTO #1) of #Ethiopia won the New York City #Marathon on Sunday, with Keitany dominating the strong women's field for her fourth victory in the event and Desisa surging ahead of two other runners near the finish line. Desisa held off countryman Shura Kitata by 1.99 seconds for his first win in New York, joining victories at the Boston Marathon in 2013 and 2015. . Desisa, 28, finished in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 59 seconds, the second-fastest time for the course in history. Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya set the record of 2:05:05 in 2011. "This is my dream," Desisa said. "To be a champion." . Last year's winner, Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya, finished third. "I'm pretty happy to finish on the podium," Kamworor said. "I came out the best that I could in the race. I tried my best, and I'm happy to be third." . Keitany became the second woman to win the marathon four times. She ran the race in 2:22:48, the second-fastest time for the course in history. Margaret Okayo of Kenya set the record of 2:22:31 in 2003. Keitany, 36, won in 2014, 2015 and 2016 before coming in second last year behind American Shalane Flanagan. . . Daniel Romanchuk of the United States finished first in the men's wheelchair division of the #NYCmarathon. #newyorkcity #nyc #running

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(AP)