Thousands gathered accross the five boroughs of New York to take part in the 2011 ING New York City Marathon, in what turned out to be a beautiful November day. Along the marathon route, which at points had the festive atmosphere of a parade, people gathered to cheer, play music, watch, or volunteer with the logistics of the event.

The 26.2 mile foot race was particularly notable this year as Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, aided by nearly windless conditions, set a course record of 2 hours 5 minutes 6 seconds, breaking a record that had stood for a decade. Other, slower participants still went home with the satisfaction of having completed the difficult test of great physical stamina.