Men's winner Marílson Gomes dos Santos in 2:08:43The New York City Marathon is always the last race of the year for the World Marathon Majors. For 2009-2010, the results of this race won’t make any difference in the long run as both Sammy Wanjiru and Lillya Shobukhova have the title locked up. (Well, technically Sammy could lose, but it isn’t likely to happen.)

That’s all right, though, because there’s a lot of top talent racing and it is still going to be very exciting to watch, and the race also marks the halfway point for the 2010-2011 WMM season.

Going from the heart, I’d like to see Meb or Ritz win the race, although it’s going to be tough with many former NYC champions, Olympians, and world record holders also toeing the line.

In the same vein, I’d love to see Shalane Flanagan have a spectacular debut. I don’t really expect her to win, but it would be awesome to see her in the hunt.

If I was a betting man, I’d expect to see Lillya Shobukhova win the women’s race and Abel Kirui to win the men’s race.

Here’s the full breakdown of who to expect near the front of the race:

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If you are going to be one of the roughly 40,000 runners in New York City this year, good luck to you and remember to have fun! Once you get through the Bronx and find yourself in the last few miles through Central Park the crowd will give you plenty of energy to get to the finish line.

If you aren’t running, but are just specating, well, you should be in for a real treat.