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A race back in time

, by Lauren Easton

When tens of thousands hit the streets of the five boroughs for the New York City Marathon on Sunday, runners and spectators alike will be greeted with inspirational AP photos from past marathons along the course.

A selection of AP images of New York City Marathon runners from 1997 through 2017 will appear on LinkNYC kiosks along the 26.2 mile route. Visible to athletes and onlookers, the images depict how the marathon has evolved over the past 20 years and illustrate the spirit of the race.

This photo of some of the 14,153 participants in the New York Marathon crossing the Queensboro Bridge from Queens into Manhattan on Oct. 21, 1979, is among the AP images that will be featured on LinkNYC kiosks. (AP Photo/A Stoltman)

AP has photographed the New York City Marathon every year since its inception in 1970.  

The featured AP photos are part of LinkNYC’s NYC Runs campaign to celebrate the energy of the marathon and underscore the perseverance of the athletes. They will appear on kiosks along the course and throughout the five boroughs today through Sunday.  

Top news headlines from AP already appear on some 1,700 LinkNYC kiosks across New York.  

This Nov. 2, 1997, photo of New York Marathon winner John Kagwe, foreground, of Kenya, running with his shoelace undone in New York is one of the images that will be featured on LinkNYC kiosks. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)