Photos: a near-perfect marathon day in Harlem

Updated: Mar 16, 2020


A near-perfect New York City Marathon day in Harlem

It was a near-perfect day for a marathon on Sunday, with sunny skies accompanied by a crisp high of 55.

A near-perfect New York City Marathon day in Harlem

And Harlem, with its historic brownstones and wide, tree-lined streets, served as the ideal backdrop.

A near-perfect New York City Marathon day in Harlem

After crossing the Madison Avenue Bridge into Manhattan, the 50,000-plus runners came streaming down Fifth Avenue, where crowds cheered as DJs along the route played Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys ("Concrete jungle where dreams are made of...").

A near-perfect New York City Marathon day in Harlem

​Just below 125th Street they looped around Marcus Garvey Park, where endless rows of brownstones stood watch like an architectural royal guard.

A near-perfect New York City Marathon day in Harlem

Leaving the smaller park behind, the marathoners headed for their final destination: Central Park.

A near-perfect New York City Marathon day in Harlem

But before saying goodbye to Harlem, they had one more landmark to pass: the impressive statue of Duke Ellington and his piano.

A near-perfect New York City Marathon day in Harlem

Did the elite runners, who came before all the others, even notice?

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