The New York City Marathon is more than a just a race through the city's streets. It's a tapestry of unforgettable emotions and moments for both runners and spectators alike. Scroll below to relive some of the race's greatest moments!
1976: Bringing in all five boroughs
First five-borough NYC Marathon in 1976: The event began in 1970 as a race of laps around Central Park. In 1976, the race (won by Bill Rodgers) was expanded to go through all five city boroughs and is credited with ushering in the "modern marathon era."
1982: No stopping Salazar
Alberto Salazar's "puff of smoke" victory in 1982: In the third of his three consecutive NYC Marathon wins, Salazar overtook Rodolfo Gomez in the race's final 40 meters.
1983: Nine seconds apart
Rod Dixon's victory over Geoff Smith in 1983: Dixon came from behind to catch Smith at the 26-mile mark and won by nine seconds.
1988: Grete's greatness
Grete Waitz's ninth and final victory in 1988: At the time of her first NYC victory, women's distance running was a novelty. Just 938 out of 8,937 entrants in the 1978 race were women -- in 2010, 16,253 of 45,350 entrants were women.
1992: Lebow's swan song
Fred Lebow's emotional run with Grete Waitz in 1992: Race founder Lebow, in remission from brain cancer, elected to finally run the marathon he'd guided for years, and Waitz accompanied him every step of the way -- for more than five hours.
1994: Taking a detour
German Silva's "wrong turn" victory in 1994: Silva recovered from a wrong turn seven-tenths of a mile before the finish that put him 40 yards behind Benjamin Paredes, but he ran a 5:15 final mile, including the detour, to beat Paredes by two seconds. The incident earned him the nickname "Wrong Way Silva" and the win was his first of two in a row in the event.