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If the Boston Marathon unofficially kicks off prime time North American runs, the ING New York City Marathon finishes them up on November 6. The Big Apple event may not have the history of its New England cousin, but the competition is every bit as tough. The course is a true five-borough affair, drawing the city together. It starts in Staten Island, then makes its way through Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan before finishing up in Central Park.
(Competitors cross the finish line to complete the 41st ING New York City Marathon in November 2010.)