Photo of the day: The first NYC Marathon, circa 1970

Here’s a throwback to the inaugural event, when only 127 runners participated and short-shorts were de rigueur

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A shot from the finish line of the first-ever NYC Marathon in 1970

A shot from the finish line of the first-ever NYC Marathon in 1970 Photograph courtesy NYC Parks Photo Archives

Happy day-before-the-marathon! This vintage gem, from the NYC Parks Photo Archives via Instagram, shows the finish line of the very first NYC Marathon, held in 1970. The shot is of the first winner, Gary Muhrcke—and we can't get enough of his itty-bitty shorts (in a noncreepy way, of course).


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The inaugural race had only 127 participants; more than 45,000 runners from around the world will traverse all five boroughs in tomorrow's 26.2-mile odyssey.



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