New York City Marathon finisher's medal

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Metal, ribbon
Medal: 3 x 2 1/2 in. ( 7.6 x 6.4 cm ) overall with ribbon: 17 in. ( 43.2 cm )
inscription: on obverse: "ING New York City Marathon 2003" with image of bridge and skyline inscription: on reverse: "FINISHER / TIME" inscription: on reverse: "'Few things in life match the thrill of a marathon' / FRED LEBOW / 1932-1994 / NEW YORK ROA
Bronze colored medallion depitcting a pylon of the Verrazano Bridge and distant skyline, inscribed: "ING New York City Marathon/2003"
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Started in 1970 as a modest race with 55 finishers and a $1,000 budget, the New York City Marathon developed into a nationwide event with over 30,000 participating athletes. In 2003, the Netherlands-based global financial institution ING served as the Marathon's first title sponsor. The day after the November 2 race, medals were handed out to participants at the New-York Historical Society. This "second" with incorrect engraving was offered as a donation to the Society.
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Gift of Kathleen Hulser
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group