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Marathon ritual brings NYC together

After Sandy's impact, tragedy of Boston, runners bring back sense of community

Updated: November 2, 2013, 11:48 AM ET
By Jeremy Schaap | ESPN.com

Three hundred and sixty-four days a year, New Yorkers, as a rule, avoid eye contact with each other, which we consider a token of our politeness.

But on the first Sunday of November, millions of New Yorkers -- which still leaves millions unaccounted for -- leave our apartments for the chance to stare directly into the dazed countenances of our fellow humans, to watch them suffer up close. This is the essential appeal of the New York City Marathon. It's more about voyeurism ...

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