The annual Yonkers Marathon will be held on Sunday, September 17th, 2023, and registration is now open.
The marathon race has a long history dating back to ancient Greece. According to legend, the first marathon was run by a messenger named Pheidippides, who ran from the city of Marathon to Athens in 490 BC to deliver news of the Greek victory over the Persians. The distance he covered was approximately 26 miles (42 kilometers). The first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896 included a marathon race. And today, the marathon has become a symbol of human endurance and determination. And it is one of the most popular and widely participated in sports around the world.
This will be the 96th year that Yonkers has hosted a marathon. It is the second oldest in the country only to Boston’s–for which Yonkers is a qualifier race. In additional to the full marathon race, Yonkers will also host a half marathon and 5k race on the same day.
The event is sponsored by the City of Yonkers Parks, Recreation & Conservation Department. Its commissioner, Steve Sansone, is proud to support this long-running event saying, “The Yonkers Marathon 2023 is a continuation of one of Yonkers Finest traditions, an opportunity for achieving your personal best, improving wellness, and meeting new friends and fellow runners.“
The race will begin at the Yonkers Riverfront Library at 8:00am. The entire city is welcome to participate in supporting this display of endurance and athletic achievement.
I encourage everyone to come out and support our runners and celebrate the great history of the Yonkers Marathon.Mike Spano – Mayor of Yonkers
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