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Eva Czegledi

This past weekend was the 50th annual New York City marathon. After last year’s marathon was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, crowds were particularly excited for this year's marathon. The event acted as a symbol of New York’s ongoing recovery from the pandemic and proved that New York City’s people are stronger than ever. The marathon ultimately brought the community together and created a sense of unity that had been hindered by separations required by the pandemic. 

The marathon began with the wheelchair races, during which several new world records were made. Following the wheelchair race was the traditional 26 mile marathon. People chose to run in the marathon for unique reasons. Willie Geist, a first time marathon runner, decided to run in this year’s race in order to raise money for the Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinson’s disease. Geist successfully ran the marathon, raising more than $100,000 for the cause. Fox himself reached out from the crowd of spectators to hug Willie and congratulate him on this accomplishment. 

During the marathon, bystanders and runners were eager to help each other, strengthening the sense of community in New York City. Runner Jamel Melville struggled to finish the final few meters of the marathon and collapsed right before the finish line. Melville laid on the ground helpless until fellow runners came and carried him to the finish line together. 

These acts of unity, selflessness, and charity truly show what the New York City marathon is all about. The marathon brings the community together and is an important event that New York residents look forward to every year. 

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