A picture of a man is making the Internet rounds and he is being referred to as "Marathon Jesus." On Nov. 4, 2013, Hawaii News Now reported about a barefoot man dressed up as Jesus Christ with a cross trapped to his back and running in the New York City Marathon that took place this past weekend.
While costumes are nothing new to the marathon since it happens right after Halloween; one costume in particular had the cameras flashing.
Thousands watched along the 26.2-mile route as Marathon Jesus made his way down the streets. Dozens upon dozens started taking his picture and it ended up on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and a host of other social media sites.
With his bib number tied to his cross, Marathon Jesus took off barefoot and was actually identified by the website for the race. Marathon Jesus is actually Makoto Takeuchi from Chiba, Japan.
ESPN's Michele Steele reported that Takeuchi didn't do this as a publicity stunt. He was running for victims of the Boston Marathon and a sign on the back of the cross stated as much.
It wasn't the first time that this Marathon Jesus was in a big-time race. He was seen back in 2012 running the Tokyo Marathon as well. This time around unfortunately, he was unable to finish the race as he made it through just 10 miles of the 26.2 total.