A year after the New York City Marathon was canceled due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, the race returned in spectacular fashion on Sunday.
Kenyan runners dominated the 2013 event presented by ING, as the country swept both major races. 2011 winner Geoffrey Mutai earned another first-place finish in the men's race, finishing with a time of two hours, eight minutes and 24 seconds.
On the women's side, Priscah Jeptoo stayed ahead of the field to win with a time of 2:25:07.
BREAKING - NYC marathon dominated by Kenyans: Geoffrey Mutai and Priscah Jeptoo win men’s, women’s titles— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 3, 2013
Here is a look at the top finishers from each race:
|3||Lusapho April||South Africa||02:09:45|
|8||Peter Cheruiyot Kirui||Kenya||02:11:23|
|2||Buzunesh Deba||United States||02:25:56|
|6||Kim Smith||United States||02:28:49|
|8||Tigist Tufa Demisse||United States||02:29:24|
|10||Diane Nukuri-Johnson||United States||02:30:09|
The New York Marathon is one of the most iconic in the world due to its competitiveness, amazing sights and overall participation. As Karla Bruning of the Washington Post notes, it is the biggest of its kind with 45,000 runners.
Additionally, the race goes through all five boroughs of the city to make sure those competing can take in all the sights along the way.
Despite all of this, Mutai and Jeptoo stayed focused on the course and pulled away from their respective competition. ESPN's Darren Rovell provided a few interesting statistics about these wins:
Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo makes $630,000 by winning the NYC Marathon w/bonus. The avg Kenyan makes $1,800 a year.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) November 3, 2013
Before 1997, a Kenyan man had only won the NYC Marathon twice. Since then, they have won 9 times— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) November 3, 2013
Jeptoo was able to beat two-time previous champion Jelena Prokopcuka, who finished third in the race. Buzunesh Deba earned second place with a consistent showing from start to finish.
On the men's side, Tsegaye Kebede finished in second, but he also clinched the World Marathon Majors title along with Jeptoo:
Lusapho April also ran a solid race to end up on the podium in third place.
Another big winner of the day was Tatyana McFadden, who came in first in the women's wheelchair race.
I can't believe it @INGNYCMarathon!!!!!!— Tatyana McFadden (@TatyanaMcFadden) November 3, 2013
Mario Fraioli of Run Competitor pointed out why McFadden's win was such a meaningful result:
In women's wheelchair race, Tatyana McFadden does what no one has ever done: win #INGNYCM, Chicago, London & Boston marathons in same year.— Mario Fraioli (@mariofraioli) November 3, 2013
Of course, there were a lot more runners who were unconcerned over times and participated simply to enjoy the thrill of competing.
This includes a group of celebrities running on behalf of various charities around the world. According to Nicole Lyn Pesce of the New York Daily News, notable runners include supermodel Christy Turlington Burns, Apprentice winner Bill Rancic, Amazing Race star Sarah Reinertsen and more.
Still, every runner who finished deserves credit for surviving an intense physical and mental challenge.
There was only one official winner in each category, but everyone involved in the competition should be proud of their performance in this one.
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