Some 50,000 runners started their days on Staten Island to take part in the New York City Marathon.

The challenging course – it starts with a hearty uphill across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge – winds through all five boroughs to end in Central Park.

Scroll down to see photos of runners, from the elites to those hoofing for the sheer fun of it, and the many spectators lining the way to cheer for them across all 26.2 miles.

Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge during the New
Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge during the New York City Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Credit: George McNish)
People cheer for runners during the New York
People cheer for runners during the New York City Marathon on Nov 5, 2017 in Manhattan. (Credit: Anna Sergeeva)
A police officer looks on during the New
A police officer looks on during the New York City Marathon in Long Island City on Nov. 5, 2017. (Credit: Anna Sergeeva)

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Shalane Flanagan, 36, of Ohio celebrates becoming the
Shalane Flanagan, 36, of Ohio celebrates becoming the first American woman since 1977 to win the professional women's division of the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Credit: Getty)
Geoffrey Kamworor, 24, of Kenya celebrates after crossing
Geoffrey Kamworor, 24, of Kenya celebrates after crossing the finish line in Central Park to win the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Credit: Getty)
Geoffrey Kamworor, 24, of Kenya, left, and countryman
Geoffrey Kamworor, 24, of Kenya, left, and countryman Wilson Kipsang, 35, embrace each other after coming in first and second place, respectively, during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Credit: Getty Images)
New York Army National Guard soldiers, including Capt.
New York Army National Guard soldiers, including Capt. Michael Sicinski, center, of the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, keeps watch as runners turn onto Vernon Boulevard in Queens during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Credit: Charles Eckert)
A woman in Long Island City cheers for
A woman in Long Island City cheers for runners during the New York City Marathon on Nov. 5, 2017. (Credit: Anna Sergeeva)

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Runners in the professional women's division turn onto
Runners in the professional women's division turn onto Vernon Boulevard in Queens during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Credit: Charles Eckert)
Travert Clemence, from Cherbourg, France, cheers from the
Travert Clemence, from Cherbourg, France, cheers from the sidelines on 48th Avenue in Queens as she waits for her father to run by during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Credit: Charles Eckert)
A runner wearing a crab costume runs along
A runner wearing a crab costume runs along 48th Avenue in Queens during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Credit: Charles Eckert)
Volunteers hand out cups of Gatorade to runners
Volunteers hand out cups of Gatorade to runners on Vernon Boulevard in Queens during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Credit: Charles Eckert)
A woman in Long Island City cheers for
A woman in Long Island City cheers for a runner during the New York City Marathon on Nov. 5, 2017. (Credit: Anna Sergeeva)

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A competitor in the wheelchair division passes through
A competitor in the wheelchair division passes through the Long Island City section of Queens during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Credit: Anna Sergeeva)
Spectators cheer on runners passing through the Long
Spectators cheer on runners passing through the Long Island City section of Queens during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Credit: Anna Sergeeva)
Runners in the professional men's division keep pace
Runners in the professional men's division keep pace during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Credit: Getty Images / Abbie Parr)
Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrow Bridge as they head
Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrow Bridge as they head to Brooklyn during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Jewel Samad)
Runners pass through the Bay Ridge section of
Runners pass through the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Credit: Nicole Brown)
Runners pass through the Bay Ridge section of
Runners pass through the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Credit: Nicole Brown)
Runners in the professional men's division, including 2016
Runners in the professional men's division, including 2016 winner Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea, third from left, keep a steady pace during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Jewel Samad)
Participation medals will be given to runners as
Participation medals will be given to runners as they cross the finish line in Manhattan's Central Park during the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Timothy A. Clary)
Runners had to pass though a police security
Runners had to pass though a police security checkpoint in Staten Island's Fort Wadsworth before the start of the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Credit: EPA-EFE / REX / Shutterstock / Peter Foley)
Runners had to pass though a police security
Runners had to pass though a police security checkpoint in Staten Island's Fort Wadsworth before the start of the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Credit: EPA-EFE / REX / Shutterstock / Peter Foley)