It Was 50 Years Ago Today, the Marathon Came to New York to Stay

Many sports fans assume the New York City Marathon has always occurred in October or early November, and always run through the five boroughs. That’s not the case. Indeed, the first New York City Marathon took place entirely within Central Park, and it happened 50 years ago, on Sunday, Sept. 13, 1970.

You couldn’t say it was an instant hit. There were 127 starters and just 55 finishers. It preceded the so-called running boom by a half-dozen years.

Even I, a New Yorker and a committed…

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