It is estimated that 48,000 runners from around the world will toe the start line in tomorrow's race. The race features some top elites from the U.S., including Meb Keflezighi, who won the race in 2009, and Amy Hastings, who finished fourth in the 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon.
The majority of runners are everyday people who are following a dream, many who have been following such dream for years.
Melissa Wagner, for instance, had originally planned to run the race in 2011. Ten days before the race, she found out that she had a stress fracture, which sidelined her until 2012. That year, Hurricane Sandy derailed the marathon and forced organizers to cancel it. Now, two years after first committing to the race, Wagner will start her first New York City Marathon.
"I am looking forward to finally getting to accomplish my one and only 'bucket list' marathon," said Wagner. "I can't wait for the experience to be one of almost 50,000 runners, going through the boroughs, taking in the sites and being carried by cheering of the crowds!"
New York City Runner Leticia Mosqueda's marathon dreams were also squashed by Hurricane Sandy last year.
"This race is special to me because I have called NYC home for the past 3 years. I became a runner here and running has changed my life," said Mosqueda. "The community that I've formed through running is like no other, and I can't wait to run through all the five boroughs to reflect on all the good things I've learned these years. I'm forever thankful to have moved here and can't wait to celebrate the city and running on Sunday!"
Jess Anderson first got the idea to race the world's biggest marathon in 2007, when she volunteered as a nurse in the medical tent.
"I have never been more inspired!" said Anderson. "There was such an incredible vibe and energy at the race (even in the medical tent!) and I decided that one day I had to run this race."
Anderson will run the 26.2 mile race with her husband at her side, and they are planning to cross the finish line together.
"Enjoy ever mile and run the mile you are in," said Mosqueda. "Start slow, finish strong and smile a lot. A whole lot."