Culture on the Run Miss N

New York City Marathon ’11

What a glorious day of inspiration and dedication!

And nowhere was this more evident than in João Silva, the South African photographer for the New York Times, who took part in the handcycle event, a month and a bit after he underwent more surgery, as part of his recovery since he lost his legs in Afghanistan last year.

I spoke to him a few hours after he crossed the finish line – albeit by phone, as he was taking a rest he so rightly deserved. I began by asking him how it felt to have achieved his goal of completing the New York City Marathon…

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Here, more snapshots of the passion and pounding-road spirit on display through-out the day (and a pic of yours truly in supporter style!)

And the winner – why, that would be Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai!

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  1. “We still want to do something, and we’re going to do something,” he said, referring to a replacement event for the marathon. “But it won’t require generators or water.” Among the many details that remained unclear was how the field of nearly 50,000 runners who were expected to compete in Sunday’s marathon, thousands of whom traveled to New York from other countries, might be compensated. Runners who were registered for Sunday’s race are guaranteed entry into next year’s race.

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