One's an octogenarian. One lost 200 pounds. One is running five marathons this year to raise awareness for brain injuries. Three women tackle the New York City Marathon under extraordinary circumstances.
Colombian cyclist Juan Mauricio Soler hit a raised curb, fell onto a spectator and then smashed into a fence during the crash in which he suffered brain injuries and multiple fractures, a fellow rider said.
Daniel Albrecht counts himself among the lucky. The Swiss Alpine racer left spectators gasping in horror when he lost control during a training run in January 2009, landing on his back and sliding down the icy slope.