New York City Marathon rumbles through the Bronx
Runners looked thrilled to be crossing the Willis Avenue Bridge, as they jogged into the Bronx and hit the twenty-mile mark of this year's New York City Marathon. More than 30,000 athletes made their way from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Tavern on the Green in the annual contest.Runners said the unseasonably warm weather was a challenge, but while the athletes struggled to complete the 26.2-mile race, hundreds of Bronxites came out to support them and enjoy the event.Kenya's Margaret Okayo set a new women's course record, breaking her own record by nearly two minutes with a time of two hours, 22 minutes, 31 seconds. Kenyans also took the top four spots on the men's side of the race, with the fastest time being recorded by Martin Lel at two hours, 10 minutes, 30 seconds.Rapper P. Diddy also finished the race, raising $2 million for New York City children, twice what he expected to bring in. The money will be divided among two children's advocate groups and the city's public school system.