Four decades after a small group of -core enthusiasts started it, the NYC thon has become an athletic and social cracy. "In every neighborhood, spectators at us with a lot of enthusiasm — and may be conga drums, it may be somebody ing on cookware," says Paul Fetscher, . More
Four decades after a small group of hard-core enthusiasts started it, the NYC Marathon has become an athletic and social democracy. "In every neighborhood, spectators come at us with a lot of enthusiasm — and that may be conga drums, it may be somebody banging on cookware," says Paul Fetscher, who ran in 1976. "You get to see the best neighborhoods, you get to see the worst, you get to see the richest, you get to see the poorest, and you get to see the immigrant population of Brooklyn, where more than a million people were not born in the United States.
"But they all love sport," he adds. "And running is the most basic of all sports: left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot." In 1976, Fetscher aced the race in 2:29. At 70, the commercial real estate agent plans to run the 26.2 miles again. "I can still do that," he said.
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