(NEW YORK) -- On Sunday nearly 45,000 people will run the 2011 ING New York City Marathon.
The marathon, whose course starts on Staten Island at 9 a.m., goes through all five boroughs and ends in Manhattan, will raise an estimated $35 million for the city.
Faces to watch in the women's race are 2011 Boston Marathon Champion Caroline Kilel from Kenya, Inga Abitova of Russia and Werknesh Kidane of Ethiopia, wife of defending 2010 NYC marathon champion Gebre Gebremariam.
In the men's race 2009 champion Meb Keflezighi from the United States will compete against a strong field of Ethiopians Gebremariam and Tsegaye Kebede as well as Kenyan Matthew Kisorio.
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