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Thousands Hit the Streets for NYC Half-Marathon

By Tom Liddy | March 18, 2012 10:14am

MANHATTAN — The city had a spring in its step Sunday as thousands of runners dashed through the borough for the NYC Half-Marathon.

The annual race kicked off at 7:30 a.m. in Central Park, winding its way down Seventh Avenue to 42nd Street, where streets were blocked with metal police barricades to protect runners and pedestrians.

Many of the competitors donned green clothes a day after St. Patrick's Day.

From there, the race followed the West Side Highway to the Battery Park underpass, where it looped around to the East Side.

Runners finished off their tour at Water Street, between Old Slip and Fulton Street.

The race sparked controversy among Financial District residents who wanted the end fo the course to move because they feared noise and inconvenience at the finish line.

Last year, the race drew the ire of Battery Park City residents, where streets were shut down for the entire weekend.