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“I don’t have a time in mind,” Savala said after checking in for the marathon Saturday afternoon. “My goal is to cross the line.”

Nick Schneigert, 41, also isn’t trying to be one of the fastest finishers. But the suburban Chicago man does have a number in mind: He wants to run 50 marathons in 50 states, as a way to both see the country and because “I absolutely love running.” Long Island will be his eighth.

“I do it for the healthy lifestyle, and I love the mental toughness, the challenge of it,” Schneigert said. “You have to be disciplined and mentally strong to run a marathon.”

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