WILLIAMSBURG - On Mile 11 of the Marathon course in Williamsburg, Goslet Piper wrapped her fingers around her knit scarf and pulled it closer to her cheeks. The cold air hit the top of her hands as she rubbed her palms together. She slowly extended her arm in front of her body. Clap. Clap. Clap. Runner after runner, open palms collided.
Piper, 68, of Long Island, is one of thousands who came out in support of strangers running one of the most notable marathons in the world. An avid runner, Piper and her husband have supported runners at the NYC marathon on and off for 10 years.
“It’s one of those nostalgic things that you really wish you could get the guts to do,” Piper said. “I come out and get excited. I tell myself I’m going to do it next year.”
Along miles 11 and 12 in Williamsburg, women and men swayed from left to right as they bounced up and down to the beat of "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder on Bedford Avenue outside a local bar, encouraging runners with off-key voices and fists in the air as they got close to the race’s halfway mark. Runners pumped their arms in the air, gathering an intangible boost of energy from the crowd as they continued toward the next mile.
“There’s something magical about being out here,”said Piper. “In a way, you get to complete the marathon with the runners through support. There’s nothing like it.” Lizeth Beltran