posted at 08:50
Author: Seth Fiegerman
New York City marathon runners battle wind and cold for glory
It's difficult enough to run 26.2 miles in ideal weather conditions - just try doing it while facing 20- to 40-mph headwinds. Runners were registered to participate in the New York City Marathon on Sunday morning, with brutal winds in the mid-20 mph range and reported gusts of up to 40 mph. The first wave of men's runners wore hats to keep warm, though some later removed them, as they got deeper into the race. One ESPN announcer noted several miles into the men's portion of the race that the winds appeared to be adding 10 seconds to run times for each mile for the first wave of runners, compared to last year, potentially adding several minutes to total run times. "This is the slowest marathon since 1984," another ESPN announcer said. The wind is strong enough that TV cameras capturing the race keep getting knocked around, resulting in a shaky video stream. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Topics: new york city marathon, Sports, U.S., US & World.

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