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Cross-strapped 'Jesus' runs NYC marathon

A man dressed as Jesus participated in the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday. (Source: Twitter @Milnes123) A man dressed as Jesus participated in the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday. (Source: Twitter @Milnes123)

(RNN) – A barefoot man dressed as Jesus with a cross strapped across his back ran the New York City Marathon on Sunday.

It's not unusual for runners to dress up for the marathon since it normally falls right after Halloween, but this one turned a few heads.

Social media lit up with photos and videos of the man dressed as the Son of God.

The man tied his bib number, 55-970, to the cross, and was identified on the New York City Marathon website as Makoto Takeuchi from Chiba, Japan.

According to the Huffington Post, Takeuchi wasn't donning this costume for the stares. Michele Steele, an ESPN reporter, tweeted that he was participating for a higher purpose, as a sign on the back of the cross declared that he was running for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

This is not the first time that "Jesus" has shown up in a race. He has also been spotted at the Tokyo Marathon in 2012.

More than 50,000 runners were registered for Sunday's 26.2 mile marathon.

There is no word on the man's finishing time.

Two Kenyan runners, Priscah Jeptoo and Geoffrey Mutai, won the women's and men's races.

Jeptoo, 29, clocked in at 2 hours, 25 minutes, 7 seconds. Mutai, 32, broke the tape at 2:08:24.

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