The New York City Marathon last month had 50,304 finishers. The world's largest running event, 10 kilometers, drew 209,000 in Pasay, Philippines. San Francisco's Bay to Breakers had 110,000 participants in 1986.
For the record, Gilbert Chepkwony of Kenya won with a time of 2 hours, 18 minutes, 47 seconds. Ehitu Kiros of Ethiopia was the women's winner in 2:36:02.
There was Santa Clause to greet the finishers:
Anyone who completes the marathon gained the satisfaction of making it, and, also got a lei, t-shirt and all the food they could eat. Many said the freshly made malasadas were the best.
But that was not all, for on my way back, I stopped by Marukame Udon and took out a beef udon, ume musubi and vegetable tempura, which I had on my lanai: