Thousands of Bronx athletes take part in the 35th annual New York City Marathon

(11/07/04) MOTT HAVEN - More than 35,000 runners took part in the 35th annual New York City Marathon on Sunday.

They crossed the Willis Avenue Bridge to begin their one-mile trek through the borough. The Bronx marks the marathon's home stretch -- once runners make it to the borough, they have about six more miles to the finish line in Central Park.

Britain's Paula Radcliffe was the first woman to cross the finish line in two hours, 23 minutes and ten seconds. Hendrik Ramaala of South Africa was the first to finish for the men in in two hours, nine minutes and 28 seconds.

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