EAST MEADOW - Nine-thousand athletes representing all walks of life hit the streets of Nassau County today for the 40th running of the Newsday Long Island Marathon.

The mass of humanity made its way down Charles Lindbergh Boulevard past Nassau Coliseum before winding through Westbury and spilling out onto Wantagh Parkway for the northerly trek across Long Island. Then it was back south again and into Eisenhower Park toward the finish line.

Emilo Garcia won the men's marathon and Lindsey Block won the women's marathon.