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.
I found Jesus at the NYC Marathon pic.twitter.com/hd20wUBUG5— Margaret Milnes (@Milnes123) November 3, 2013
Jesus running the marathon 🙏🌆⛪️➕ pic.twitter.com/ywM62iKKEW— cate walsh (@catewalsh3) November 3, 2013
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.