In practically perfect weather, an estimated 47,000 runners took to the streets of New York City and all its boroughs for the ING New York City Marathon. The fast-paced races led to exciting finishes when Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia took home the women's title and Geofrey Mutai of Kenya took home the men's.
From the get go, Mary Keitany ran what seemed a record-setting race. Keitany started out hard and strong, maintaining a one-minute lead over the rest of the pack for most of the race. Dado, however, surged ahead to cross the finish line in 2:23:15, four seconds ahead of Ethiopian Buzunesh Deba, and Keitany crossed the line third, with a time of 2:23:39.
Read more about the men's race after the break.
Mutai kept his late-in-the race lead to finish the 26.2 miles in 2:05:06, setting a new course record for the NYC marathon! The previous course record was 2:07.43. Emmanuel Mutai, also of Kenya but no relation to the winner, finished second in 2:06:28. Crossing the finish line in third was Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede with a time of 02:07:13.
Congrats to all the winners and finishers. We are all inspired to lace up our sneaks and hit the ground running.