First runner with Down syndrome finishes NYC marathon 

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He crossed the finish line hours after the winners, but Jimmy Jenson still set a record at the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday: He’s the first person with Down syndrome to complete the race. 

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First ever Palestinian marathon: Running to change West Bank’s image

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BETHLEHEM, Israel — Jesus’ traditional birthplace has long been linked to tensions between Israel and the Palestinians. On Sunday, around 1,000 athletes took a step towards transforming Bethlehem’s modern image by running in the first official Palestinian marathon.

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London marathon kicks off with a moment of silence

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Undaunted by the Boston Marathon bombings, big crowds lined the route of the London Marathon on Sunday to cheer on some 36,000 runners who paid their respects to the Boston victims by wearing black ribbons and holding a 30-second silence before the start.

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Man helps girlfriend with spinal cord injury cross finish line

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Four months ago, Monique Koll was in a hospital bed, wondering if she would ever walk again. The Louisiana woman had suffered a severe spinal cord injury when a motorist struck her while she was riding her bicycle, and doctors originally weren’t sure she’d survive.

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Oldest marathon runner finishes last race at 101

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HONG KONG (AP) -The world’s oldest marathon runner ran his last race on Sunday at the age of 101.

Fauja Singh finished the Hong Kong marathon’s 10-kilometer (6.25-mile) race in a time of 1 hour, 32 minutes and 28 seconds.

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Marathoners run – but to help Sandy victims

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They came to run 26.2 straight miles but instead they took the supplies meant for them and ran a different path – to help those affected by the storm. Fit and filled with energy, they loaded debris and passed out water.

NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports on NBC Nightly News.