Jelena Prokopcuka won her second ING NYC Marathon in a row, finishing at 2:25:05, while Marilson Gomes Dos Santos of Brazil won the men's race with a time of 2:09:58.

Latvian Prokopcuka broke away from the other elite women's runners from the start of the race in Staten Island, closely following the women's pace-setter, and never gave up the lead. Tatiana Hladyr of the Ukraine finished second and Catherine "Catherine the Great" Ndereba finished third.

In his first NYC Marathon, Gomes Dos Santos became the first Brazilian and first South American champion in the race's history. Kenyans rounded out the top three: Stephen Kiogoura finished second and Paul Tergat, last year's winner, finished third.

We'll be back with another post later wrapping up the winners, but check out WNBC. It looks like the ING NYC Marathon site is down - we guess tons of people are checking! And Lance Armstrong has a few more miles to go (NBC Sports currently projects his finish to be right under 3 hours).

The race will continue for many hours, and some streets will be closed. Street closure information after the jump - click to read more!


Top photograph of marathon runners by Matthew Krautheim on Flickr; the bottom photograph is of a caravan of UPS trucks on the West Side Highway (the trucks are carrying the runners' belongings, which were checked in on Staten Island; the runners got a bar code from UPS and will retrieve their stuff after the finish in Manhattan)

From the Department of Transportation:

Streets along the Marathon route will be closed approximately one and one-half hours prior to the scheduled arrival of the lead female runner and will reopen approximately one hour after the arrival of the last runner.

On Staten Island, the Staten Island Expressway Bay Street exit will be closed from 5:00 AM to noon with all traffic diverted to Clove Road. School Road between Tompkins and Bay Street and Bay Street between Fingerboard Road and School Road (Fort Wadsworth) will be closed from 5:00 AM to noon.

In Brooklyn, expect delays at Belt Parkway exits and on 4 th Avenue between 8:30 AM and 1:00 PM.

In Manhattan, there will be closures on First Avenue between 9:30 AM and 4:00 PM, and on 5 th Avenue between 10:00 AM and 5:15 PM. Central Park South will be closed from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and Central Park West will be closed from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The Central Park Drives (East, West and Central) will be closed. The Central Park 79th Street and 86th Street Transverse Roads will be open to vehicles and pedestrians all day, but no buses will be allowed to cross 5 th Avenue during the race. The 96 th Street Transverse Road will be closed from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The 65th Street Transverse Road will remain open subject to NYPD’s discretion.

The FDR Drive northbound exit ramp to the Willis Avenue Bridge will be closed from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. There will be intermittent closures on the FDR Drive at exits between 63rd Street and 125th Street.

In the Bronx, the Major Deegan Expressway’s exit to the Willis Avenue Bridge will be closed from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.