Photo caption: Geoffrey Kamworor, left, and Joyciline Jepkosgei, both of Kenya, pose for photos as the men's and women's winners of the New York City Marathon, in New York's Central Park, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Kenyan runners won both the men's and women's races in the 49th annual New York City Marathon on Sunday.
Geoffrey Kamworor, 26, and Joyciline Jepkosgei, 25, took the men's and women's elite races respectively.
They were just two of the more than 52,000 runners taking on 26.2 miles through all five boroughs as a part of the largest marathon in the world.
Kamworor crossed the Central Park finish line at 2 hours, 8 minutes and 13 seconds.
This was his second New York City men's title in three years. He also won in 2017.
Jepkosgei crossed the finish line at 2 hours, 22 minutes and 38 seconds. This was her first marathon.
Professional wheelchair athletes began crossing the finish line Sunday morning, lead by men's champion Daniel Romanchuck.
The race kicked off on Staten Island, crossing the Verrazzano bridge and winding through a variety of the city's neighborhoods before finishing in Central Park.
Marathon organizers say the app used to track runners was enhanced this year and included augmented reality features.
At the finish line, participants will get a medal, and volunteers handing them out is an honor and an inspiration.
"It's just amazing, the incredible amount of people here, the energy, the miles, the effort these runners have put in. And it just feels amazing to congratulate them on their effort, and especially with this big apple medal," said one volunteer.
For runners looking for some post-marathon food, there are a number of places in the city offering free meals. All you have to do is show your medal.
Clinton Hall, which has locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, will serve a free double-smashed burger along with the beer hall’s signature Gigawatt IPA.
The fast casual restaurant Areppas SoHo will give runners a free empanada at its Cleveland Place location.
For a sweet reward, Beyond Sushi is giving runners a free dessert of their choice. It's being offered at the restaurant’s 37th Street, 56th Street and Mulberry Street locations.
Runners can choose between the chef's cookie, lemon almond cake or a cinnamon roll.