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nyc-marathon-logoNew York, NY – The 2017 TCS New York City Marathon received a lot of unwanted publicity the Tuesday of race week thanks to the ISIS-inspired vehicular rampage in Lower Manhattan which ended just blocks from the World Trade Center.

Whether the location was coincidental or not, many New Yorkers understandably thought back to the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

Since the New York City Marathon was just days away with so many spectators and runners taking part in a wide open area the concern was palpable.

New Yorkers are rarely afraid and they certainly weren’t on Sunday as they once again lined the streets to cheer on nearly 50,000 participating runners without incident.

I’m not sure if this was karma but Shalane Flanagan became the first American to win the women’s side of the NYC Marathon in 40 years. She edged out runner-up and three-time past winner, Kenyan Mary Keitany. Keitany’s countryman, Geoffrey Kamworor, won the men’s race. No native American has won the men’s race since Alberto Salazar crossed the Central Park line first back in 1983.

The best race story in my opinion was watching the very popular 42 year-old Meb Keflizighi , an Eritrean who moved to San Diego in 1987 and became an American citizen in 1998, just finish out of the top ten finishers. Meb, who won the NYC Marathon in 2014, had said that this would be his final November race through the five boroughs.

The biggest celebrities to run the Marathon this year were actor/comedian Kevin Hart, fashion model Karlie Kloss, and former Giants running back and CBS Sports Radio morning personality Tiki Barber.

Even though the New York City Marathon receives almost no attention on New York sports talk radio and in the dailies except for the day after the race it is a major driver of the fall New York economy. Tourists come from all over the world to take part in the race and that is boon to our restaurants, points of interest, and hotels. It’s also a key reason why controversial Airbnb has become a major race sponsor.

Needless to say, the NYC Marathon is also a major event for the athletic outerwear industry.

New Balance, the only major athletic shoe company that manufactures all of its products in the USA, became the official sports apparel company for the NYC Marathon for the first time this year. New Balance doesn’t have much of a footprint in the pro and college basketball world where Nike, Under Armour, and Adidas battle for market share and celebrity supremacy, so it figures that running is a good place for the company to plant its flag.

The running industry has long been hospitable to smaller athletic footwear companies as evidenced by the success of Asics, Saucony, Altra, Newton, and Brooks Running.

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About Lloyd Carroll

Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at NYSportsDay.com. In today’s world of online publications, we at Latino Sports understand and value the importance of collaborating with other online publications in order to showcase and create awareness of each other’s work and dedication to our respectable communities.

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