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10 NYC Marathon Moments That Made History

With the New York City marathon around the corner, we looked back at the world's largest marathon for some inspiration to go that extra mile.

The ING New York City Marathon is known as one of the largest marathons in the world, attracting about 47,000 runners from all over the world. The marathon's history is rife with hundreds of incredible moments. This year, in the wake of devastating Hurricane Sandy, the race will definitely go down in history. "There will be substantial modifications to the logistics and operations of the race...due to the impact of the storm," according to an email from New York Road Runners to this year's runners. To inspire us to push to the finish line (literally), we dug into the marathon's history to find the 10 most inspiring NYC marathon moments.

10. Wrong Way Silva
A wrong turn has never been so...right. In 1994 German Silva and Benjamin Paredes were neck-and-neck—until Silva followed a police vehicle off course just a half-mile from the finish line. While we felt bad, we also had a little chuckle, thinking it was over and that Paredes had it in the bag. But we spoke too soon: Silva retraced his steps, caught up with Paredes and won the marathon while coining the term Wrong Way Silva.


9. America Wins

In 2009 Meb Keflezighi was the first American to win the NYC Marathon after a 27-year dry spell. Anything that allows Americans to redeem a little pride is inspiring in our book.



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