We could complain ad nauseam that the New York City Marathon hasn't had an American male champ since Alberto Salazar in 1982, or a female winner since Miki Gorman in 1977, and that these droughts aren't likely to end in this millennium. Or we could recognize that the 30,000 runners tackling 26.2 miles in Sunday's marathon include a slew of quick and compelling characters from the New York area. They probably won't compete for the laurel wreath, but they do deserve... More >>>