On Sunday, November 5, 2006, more than 37,000 runners participated in the ING New York City Marathon.
And then there were the scores of other athletes who did not "run." They are the elite and non-elite wheelchair and handcycle participants. Each year these athletes start the race about an hour before the official start and pass over the NY Marathon course at speeds of up to 26 mph on flat ground.
Richard Rosenthal, a friend and member of the New York Cycle Club, organizes a group of cyclists to clear the way for these marathoners.
This year I was lucky enough to be one of those cyclists. What an inspiration to work with this extraordinary group of "disabled" marathoners!
The New York Times wrote a bit about us here.
Congratulations to all of the runners, riders and helpers who make this day so incredible. There are more of my photographs here. In this photo: many of the women volunteers.