The NYC Marathon provides the setting for the biggest field of marathon runners in the world, with 51,307 on the start line in 2017. The course itself weaves through all five boroughs of NYC, starting by crossing the Verrazano Bridge from Staten Island and finishing in Central Park, Manhattan. The route has come a long way since the marathon began in 1970, when 55 runners completed several laps of Central Park, and is now renowned as one of the great marathon courses in the world, with roughly two million spectators lining the course.
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