Reporting Steve Sandberg
NEW YORK (1010 WINS/WCBS 880) – And just like that, the 43,000 plus runners in the 2010 ING New York City Marathon were off.
A sea of blues, reds, yellows, oranges and whites clouded the Verrazano Bridge as the elite professionals led the way from Staten Island into Brooklyn, heading through Queens and the Bronx before completing the race in Central Park.
This is the 41st race of this marathon.
Brooklyn is the second borough the race went through and WCBS 880′s Steve Knight said 4th Avenue and Flatbush was a premier spot for the marathon.
As thousands of runners flowed through the city, residents from the five boroughs stepped outside from their homes to cheer on the runners.
One resident in Bay Ridge hasn’t stop jumping since she started cheering hours ago.
“Oh, it’s marvelous it’s great. The multicultural experience. I live right down the block and every year it’s a thrill to have everybody run by your home from all around the world. It’s just an incredible experience,” she told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck near her home on 4th Avenue near 90th Street.
The day belonged to a pair of New York City Marathon rookies. Gebre Gebremariam celebrated after winning the men’s title with a time of 2:08.14. Edna Kiplagat, of Kenya, won her first major marathon title in 2:28:20.
WCBS 880′s John Metaxas said because Ethiopian star Haile Gebrselassie had to pull out of the race, Gebremariam’s win may represent the rise of a new star.
Those who crossed the finish line were running for various causes, including one man from the United Kingdom whose aunt died of diabetes.