Bay to New York for Steven
RUNNING in front of two million cheering spectators could be a daunting prospect.
Hervey Bay's Steven Page didn't suffer from stage fright though - far from it.
The 37-year-old lapped up the atmosphere to produce a fantastic performance in the world's largest marathon, the New York City Marathon, on Sunday.
A member of the Fraser Coast Runners and Walkers Club, Page finished 41st overall and was the first Australian to cross the finishing line in Central Park.
He completed the 42.195km race, which was held over a course which saw the competitors run through all five boroughs of New York City, in a personal best time of 2:30:42secs.
More than 47,000 hit the streets in the event this year.
Not surprisingly, Page said he was thrilled with his performance.
"It's still sinking in to be honest and I am sure that will be the case for a long time," Page, who checks power lines for a living, said as he enjoyed a well-earned beer.
"I cannot start to describe what it felt like to take part in the race let alone complete it in such a great time (he beat his previous PB by a massive three minutes).
"I even managed to beat some of the elite athletes as well.
"I just feel amazing and I am really over the moon, Page said.
As for running through the streets of the Big Apple, he said he'd never experienced anything like it.
"I've taken part in four marathons in my career (he's run in the Gold Coast Marathon three times and in Seoul once) but this was truly unique.
"The noise the spectators made was unreal.
"There was a stage when I couldn't hear my feet hitting the ground for over an hour as we made our way through the city.
"It's something I'll never, ever forget."
This was the first time Page had raced in the event but it might not be his last.
"I am hoping my time and result will be good enough to get an invite to race again next year," Page, who finished 21st overall in the Gold Coast Marathon earlier this year, said.
"That would simply be fantastic.
"I'll just have to wait and see what happens."