Day: November 24, 2021

The Greatest Race in the World

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Just after the crest of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, the longest and highest climb of the New York City Marathon, around mile one, an MTA Bridges and Tunnels employee yelled some encouragement to those of us in the final starting wave of the race as we jogged across the span, almost 700 feet in the air, Manhattan taking up the horizon to the left, Brooklyn and open ocean to the right.

“Come on,” a voice barked from a group of guys in safety yellow sitting on the back of a truck as I passed.

“We’ve been out here all morning,” he continued. “It’s freezing.” He was right—it was a chilly morning, and there aren’t many places on the bridge to get out of the cold breeze. The encouragement was starting to turn into half-support, half-joke. Here is a man after my own heart. He finished with:

“Get off the bridge.”

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