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New York City Marathon's first winner retraces race course 50 years later

September 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Fifty years after winning the inaugural New York City Marathon in 1970, 80-year-old Gary Muhrcke retraced one lap around the course where he ran to victory.

(CNN)Fifty years after winning the inaugural New York City Marathon in 1970, 80-year-old Gary Muhrcke retraced one lap around the course where he ran to victory.

He did so with a time of 58 minutes and 21 seconds, according to a press release from New York Road Runners, a non-profit running organization that was on hand to watch Muhrcke cross the "finish line. "

To win in 1970, participants had to run around the loop four times, according to the New York Road Runners.

His final time that day was two hours, 31 minutes and 39 seconds, New York Road Runners said in its release.

Muhrcke, a former New York City firefighter who now lives in Huntington, New York, spoke to news outlets on Sunday about his experience running the course again.

When asked what he thinks about the difference between the race in 1970 and now, Muhrcke said, "I still think this is a very tough course. "

Muhrcke said he still exercises in some way every day and said "I think that if I stopped running, I'd probably die. "

When asked about the pandemic's effect on the race and running in general, he said there's no excuse not to exercise because of it.

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