The New York city Marathon is the largest marathon in the world. It is organized by the New York Road Runners and it has been run every year since 1970, except for 2012 when it was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. Participants have to run 42 kms through the five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island) The race is held on the first Sunday of November and attracts professional competitors and amateurs from all over the world, almost 53,000 this year. Because of the popularity of the race, participation is chosen by a lottery system, but runners can also gain an entry by joining a team to raise funds for one of several charities. Mary Shaw is one of the members of Fred’s Team, a group of runners who raise money for the area of cancer research. She ran the last marathon on november 4th. Thank you Mary for your effort and your contribution year after year!