This is how Jesus spends his Sundays while you’re at church!
The New York City Marathon usually falls just after Halloween, and as a result, there are always plenty of runners in costume.
On Sunday, one costume in particular delighted thousands of spectators along the 26.2-mile route: Jesus Christ, barefoot, with a large cross strapped to His back.
The sight of the Messiah among a parted sea of runners was reported by dozens of witnesses, many of whom snapped photos of the jogging Jesus and uploaded them to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
It appears that Jesus was among the record 50,000-plus runners officially registered for Sunday’s marathon.
According to the New York City Marathon website, his bib number — 55-970, affixed, naturally, to the cross— belongs to Makoto Takeuchi, from Chiba, Japan. (It appears Takeuchi is a New York-based photographer; an email sent to the address listed on his website was not immediately returned.)
No word yet on the Son of God’s finishing time, though he did reportedly have a little trouble running with the extra load.
Last year’s marathon was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy, and this year’s race was on high alert after the April bombings at the Boston Marathon. Bomb-sniffing dogs swept the area, making sure everything was safe.
Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai, winner of the 2011 New York Marathon, won the race with a time of 2:08:24, and is also the first man to have repeat wins in New York since Kenya’s John Kagwe in 1997 and 1998.