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NEW YORK CITY — When you enter a marathon with humans, it seems impossible that you could be outrun by a duck.
But that's just what happened at the New York City Marathon this year.
First, to be clear, "outrun" in this case doesn't mean a duck literally ran 26.2 miles at the New York City Marathon, or that if it did, it didn't come in dead last. Instead "outrun" means that a duck stole the hearts of America with waddling grace and an off-the-charts awwwwww-factor.
In the video you'll meet Wrinkle, a pekin duck and emotional support animal running the streets of New York with over 33,000 other runners. With as much speed as a running duck can muster, aWrinkle is chugging her way along the marathon route with her competitors.
The runners smile, the crowd cheers, and Wrinkle quacks her ducky heart out with excitement while wearing her special orange running shoes. "She is fast. She is speed. She is zoom," Wrinkles owners said about her pet. And it's hard not to agree.
It's obvious that Wrinkle has a "clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose" outlook. So even though her little legs can't physically go the distance, it doesn't matter — her pluck and attitude won the race from the word "go."
This is the first time since COVID-19 shutdowns started in 2019 that the New York City Marathon has taken place. So this was a special race to begin with for many, but Wrinkle made it a magical moment for all.