Liz Robbins breaks down the New York City Marathon mile by mile but not in a technical running sense. She captures the stories of pro runners and averaga runners alike. This story is both exciting and inspiring. You don't have to be a runner to appreciate the distance or challenge of the marathon. This race is more than that. It is a celebration of life. There is some history about the course as well and stories of the people who volunteer every year. A very entertaining read.