NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Big Apple is gearing up for the TCS New York City Marathon.

An estimated 50,000 runners from around the world will take part in Sunday’s race as thousands line the streets to cheer them on.

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On Wednesday, officials held a ceremonial painting of the finish line in Central Park.

Marathon officials painted the traditional blue finish line and added colors in a tribute to all runners and fans participating in the 44th annual borough-wide event, 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported.

“It’s a beautiful day today which just adds to the spirit and energy that we’re feeling throughout the city,” said race director Mary Wittenberg.

Wittenberg said it’s an emotional and powerful scene when runners cross the finish line.

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“There’s often tears of joy,” Wittenberg said. “You get in front of these fans in New York and you can’t stop, they’ll carry you to the finish line.”

Parks & Recreation Commissioner Mitchell Silver was a runner in school and has pledged to be the first parks commissioner to run a marathon before his term is up.

“I have eight years to do that,” said Silver.

The race started in 1970 with 127 runners.

This year the marathon will welcome its one millionth finisher, who will be guaranteed entry for life, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported.

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