The Late Movies: Marathon Finishes

Erica Palan

In 2009, I ran the Philadelphia Half-Marathon. It was the hardest, most awesome thing I’ve ever done. Since then, I’ve stopped running regularly, but still can’t resist watching other people cross the finish line. The last few moments of a race are the most exciting and even if I have no idea who the runners are, I find myself holding my breath in anxiety until they finish. Here’s a roundup of people finishing marathons. Did you feel the excitement? (And if you’ve got video of yourself — or friends — finishing a race, please let us know in the comments!)

Chicago, 1984

Welsh runner Steve Jones set a world-record, coming in at 2:08:05.

New York, 2006

Watching Kurt Fearnley win the wheelchair division in 2006 is truly inspiring.

San Diego, 2007

Daniel Yego takes this win — and makes it look so easy.

Chicago, 2007

Photo finish!

Boston, 2008

A little confusion almost derailed one marathon winner’s victory.

Boston, 2010

The screams get louder and louder as Teyba Erkesso nears the finish line.

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