Joy Johnson, so well known as an octogenarian distance runner that Al Roker annually chatted with her in the "Today" show crowd the day after the New York City Marathon, died Monday of an apparent head injury suffered during Sunday's race. She was 86.
Marathon officials had announced earlier Monday that Johnson, a retired gym teacher and coach who took up running at 59, had been... » more
If there was a silver lining to the extraordinary security in force around Columbus Circle, it was that supporters wishing to cheer on the runners as they did their final mile were guaranteed easy, accessible viewing. While the general public was barred from going to the finish line inside the park, anyone could get an excellent view by following a mouse-like maze of metal fences to the Central... » more
Security was a top priority Sunday at the New York City Marathon as 47,000 runners traversed the five boroughs in cool temperatures and a stiff wind from the north.
This year's race marked the return of the marathon after a one-year hiatus because of superstorm Sandy. It also comes just eight months after the Boston Marathon bombing in April, which killed three people and injured more than... » more
It's been two years since the last New York City Marathon, which means the 2011 winners had an extra year as the reigning champs for Geoffrey Mutai and Firehiwot Dado. Both are entered into Sunday's race with the chance to defend their respective crowns. Here's each defending champion at a glance.
The 32-year-old Kenyan set a course record when he won two... » more
The anti-terrorism operation at Sunday’s New York City Marathon will be among the largest ever carried out across the five boroughs, as authorities employ a heightened strategy in response to the Boston Marathon bombings, officials said.
Federal authorities and police are bolstering security to an unprecedented level for the event and working closely with U.S. intelligence agencies to sniff... » more
After Superstorm Sandy forced the shutdown of the ING New York City Marathon in 2012, runners said they were anxious to get back to the starting line this year, but no one expected that a terror attack in another city would be on their minds.
The Boston Marathon bombings in April killed three spectators and injured more than 200 other participants who were near the finish line.
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Four people were hospitalized and traffic on two midtown blocks was brought to a standstill Tuesday morning after a tanker spilled 50 gallons of heating oil on to the street.
Around 8:12 a.m., the tanker was pumping oil into an apartment building on Seventh Avenue between 36th and 37th streets when the oil leaked, spilling onto the streets as far as 35th Street before hazmat crews arrived.... » more