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Lindsey Block, 26, of Huntington, was the first woman to cross the finish line at the 2012 Long Island Marathon. She won the race wearing Brooks Green Silence sneakers, and also likes Brooks PureFlow. "I love the support they provide without feeling constricted in any way," she says. "They also help me run fast!"(Credit: Brooks)

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Top runners' favorite shoes

Whether you're a marathon runner or just starting out, wearing the right sneakers is key before you hit the track.
We asked some of the best runners from the 2010 to 2012 Long Island Marathons for their top running shoe recommendations.
Dan and Shaun McGrath, speedy brothers from Lynbrook who are both past winners, said they prefer something lightweight but with enough support to run serious distances. Lindsey Block of Huntington's feet felt free as she finished before every other woman in 2012 in her non-constricting Brooks Green Silence shoes.
Check out their recommendations and the picks of other men and women who have been among the first to cross the finish line.
-- Nina Ruggiero

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