Slideshow: Strangest Moments in NYC Marathon History

55 people finish the first New York City Marathon. Their prizes: a couple of watches and some old bowling trophies. Today, the top ten finalists (in both male and female categories) share $600,000 in prize money.

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First finalists complete the race only to find that marathon volunteers had printed the lettering on the wrong side of the finish line banner.

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Six women compete in the New York City Marathon to protest an Amateur Athletic Union regulation that gave men a mandatory ten-minute head start.

NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

Bob Wieland receives the slowest time in the marathon’s history when he crosses the finish line on Thursday, November 6, over four days and two hours after the start of the race. The catch: Wieland lost his legs in ‘Nam and ran the entire length of the marathon on his arms.
Rapper, actor, fashion designer, and restaurateur Sean “P. Diddy” Combs competes in the marathon, finishing with a time of 4 hours, 14 minutes and 54 seconds.

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Paul Tergat of Kenya beats South Africa’s Hendrick Ramaala by a whole .32 seconds, the closest finish in the history of the race.

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Three participants, Carlos Jose Gomes, 58, Joseph Marotta (who was blind), 66, and Fred Costa, 41, all suffer heart attacks after the race, placing it among the deadliest marathons in recent history.

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