NEW YORK (CBS 2) – Runners from around the world are warming up for Sunday’s New York City Marathon by coming together and running in the annual International Friendship Run.
More than 15,000 athletes from 100 countries will join the New York Road Runners to present the Abebe Bikila Award and run in a 4K race Saturday morning. All athletes dress in their nation’s colors.
Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners and the race director for the Marathon, will present Paul Tergat of Kenya, the 2005 marathon winner, with the award for his outstanding contributions to the sport of distance running.
The presentation starts at 8:30 a.m. with the run starting at 9 a.m.
The race will start at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza on East 47th Street.
The Friendship Run is held every year to celebrate the marathon.