Jesus spotted at the New York City Marathon

A man dressed as Jesus runs the New York City Marathon, Nov. 3, 2013. (Twitter/Margaret Milnes)

The New York City Marathon usually falls just after Halloween, and as a result, there are always plenty of runners in costume.

On Sunday, one costume in particular delighted thousands of spectators along the 26.2-mile route: Jesus Christ, barefoot, with a large cross strapped to his back.

The sight of the Messiah among a parted sea of runners was reported by dozens of witnesses, many of whom snapped photos of the jogging Jesus and uploaded them to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

It appears that Jesus was among the record 50,000-plus runners officially registered for Sunday's marathon.

According to the New York City Marathon website, his bib number 55-970, affixed, naturally, to the cross belongs to Makoto Takeuchi, from Chiba, Japan.

No word yet on the Son of God's finishing time, though he did reportedly have a little trouble running with the extra load.