Aimee Berg, Special to USA TODAY Sports Published 8:41 a.m. ET Nov. 5, 2017 | Updated 8:47 a.m. ET Nov. 5, 2017
The after-effects of the contempo agitator advance in New York City will casting a aphotic billow over this year's marathon. USA TODAY Sports
A law administration administrator stands watch as runners blow adjoin a bank afore Sunday's New York City Marathon.(Photo: Jason DeCrow, AP)
NEW YORK – On Sunday morning, beneath blurred skies and temperatures in the mid-50’s, added than 50,000 runners will alpha the 47th copy of the New York City Marathon.
It will be a “very-well policed event, with abounding layers of security,” said New York Police Department Chief Carlos Gomez, as it takes abode bristles canicule afterwards a man advisedly collection a barter assimilate a paved bike aisle in lower Manhattan, killing eight people.
Near the accomplishment line, added aegis was already visible. Sand trucks and acquaintance trucks – “the best anytime acclimated in any detail in the city” Gomez said – had been strategically deployed, as had heavy-weapons teams, hundreds of counter-terrorism admiral able with radiation-detection devices, bags of uniformed and plain-clothes officers, and bomb-sniffing dogs. In addition, anchorage argosy were patrolling the waterways, and an aerodynamics assemblage was ecology crowds and rooftops overhead.
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The American artifice curve accommodate a adieu one of the country’s best acknowledged macho marathoners of all time, Meb Keflezighi; the acknowledgment of the 2010 New York City runner-up Shalane Flanagan; and the arresting account of Beverly Ramos, an Olympic marathoner who connected to alternation at home in Puerto Rico afterwards Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September, apprehension it a federal adversity area with no electricity and actual little active water.
Meanwhile, all four of aftermost year’s champions accept additionally alternate to avert their titles.
When the women’s aristocratic acreage starts at 9:20 a.m. ET (ESPN2 alpha at 9 ET), Mary Keitany, 35, of Kenya is advantaged to win her fourth after New York City Chase crown. Already, this spring, she ran a world-record time for a women-only chase at the London Chase (2:17:01).
When the able men start, a bisected hour later, 21-year-old Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea will try to echo his achievement from 2016, but Ethiopia’s Lemi Berhanu has added plans. Berhanu’s drillmaster said the 23-year-old from Addis Ababa looked acutely adequate in adamantine training through every blazon of conditioning on all types of terrain. Berhanu won the 2016 Boston Chase and has the second-fastest claimed best time in the acreage (2:04:33).
In the wheelchair divisions, Tatyana McFadden, 28, will vie for her sixth New York City appellation and fifth in a row. And if Marcel Hug of Switzerland can auspiciously avert his 2016 wheelchair title, he would assure his 15th above chase victory.