NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The world once again turned its attention to the Big Apple on Sunday for 2018 TCS New York City Marathon.

More than 50,000 runners from across the globe pushed themselves to the limit to traverse each of the five boroughs over a whopping 26 miles and change.

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Route of the 2018 NYC Marathon (Credit: CBS2)

Along the route, 2.5 million spectators cheered and thousands of heavily armed NYPD officers stood guard, keeping everyone in attendance safe. That included uniformed and undercover cops in the air, water, and ground looking for anything suspicious and ready to act if something went awry.

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The race began on Staten Island, with the first group of runners setting off at 8:30 a.m. They made their way through Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx before arriving at the finish line in Central Park.

CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock took part in Sunday’s race and documented her journey.

Shortly after 10 a.m., Manuela Schär of Switzerland won her second New York City Marathon in a row competing in the women’s wheelchair division.

American Daniel Romanchuk took home the title of NYC Marathon winner in the men’s wheelchair division.

For the fourth time in her running career, Mary Keitany of Kenya won the New York City Marathon in the women’s division.

Last year’s champion, American Shalane Flanagan, finished third. Flanagan has now finished first, second, and third in her three marathon appearances. The American women had a big showing this year with four runners finishing in the Top 10.

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia was the first runner in the men’s division to cross the finish line Sunday afternoon. Desisa won the 2018 marathon in 2 hours, 5 minutes, and 59 seconds, finishing just two seconds ahead of second-place finisher Shura Kitata.

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Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia crosses the finish line to win the Men’s Division of the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon on November 4, 2018 in Central Park in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Around 1 p.m., CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock was one of several runners to cross into Manhattan over the Queensboro Bridge.

Later on, Murdock ran into another familiar face in the crowd, CBS2’s Andrea Grymes.