There seemed to be a lot of weight on this year's New York City Marathon. After Superstorm Sandy resulted in its cancellation last year, the spirit of the city seemed to need it, and after the tragic Boston Marathon bombings that happened earlier this year, the running community did too. "There was an amazing start to this race. . . . I was floored," said Mary Wittenberg, president of the New York Road Runners, the group that puts on the marathon. "There was a whole lot feeling of running for New York and running for Boston."
Being here in New York, it was hard not to be affected by what I saw, the cheers were deafening, and the crowds seemed larger than ever before. Pockets of Brooklyn and Queens that usually stay quiet were spilling over. And as Wittenberg said, the thought on everyone's mind seemed to be "New York is simply the best city in the world."