The 43rd running of the New York City Marathon transpired on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. After the 26.2 miles had been completed, two familiar faces emerged with the gold medals: Geoffrey Mutai and Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya.
The 2012 New York City Marathon was cancelled after the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy. This placed an even greater level of focus on this year's event, as the top distance runners in the world all competed for supremacy after a one-year layoff from one of the biggest races in the world.
When it was all said and done, Mutai and Jeptoo continued to rise to the top of their sport.
Here's everything you need to know about Mutai and the other top runners at this year's event.
The winner of the 2013 New York City Marathon was Geoffrey Mutai in a time of two hours, eight minutes and 24 seconds. This marks Mutai's second career and, more impressively, his second consecutive title at the prestigious event.
Mutai is rapidly approaching the status of a legend in long-distance running.
Mutai is a 32-year-old from Kenya who has been a force in international marathons for more than a half-decade. 2011 was his crowning year as Mutai won both the New York City and Boston marathons.
Two years later, he's back on the podium.
Mutai completed the 2011 New York City Marathon with a course-record time of two hours, five minutes and six seconds. This year, he became the first back-to-back winner since John Kagwe of Kenya in 1998.
Mutai will now set his sights on becoming the first three-time winner since Alberto Salazar of the United States of America in 1982.
In the women's open division, Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya took home the 2013 New York City Marathon title with a time of two hours, 25 minutes and seven seconds. It's Jeptoo's first career New York City Marathon gold medal and a continuation of her rise to the top of her sport.
Good luck finding another distance runner who's having as big of a year as Jeptoo.
Jeptoo won the 2013 London Marathon in a time of two hours, 20 minutes and 15 seconds. Jeptoo also won a silver medal in the marathon race at the 2012 London Olympics, which has sparked her dominance during the 2013 season.
Winning the New York City Marathon confirms her status as the top competitor on the women's side.
Jeptoo will now look to become the first female two-time winner since Paula Radcliffe of the United Kingdom, who won it three times between 2004 and 2008. After taking the gold at some of the biggest races in the world, she has enough momentum to pull it off.
Until then, Jeptoo will enter the record books for winning the 2013 New York City Marathon.
The top American runner at the 2013 New York City Marathon was Ryan Vail of Oregon. Vail completed the race in two hours, 13 minutes and 23 seconds to finish at No. 13 overall.
It wasn't a win, but it was a major step in the right direction for American runners.
Vail, 27, is looking to break a long history of American men failing to come through with a win in New York City. His top-15 finish was beyond encouraging for his future, especially after he was a star at Oklahoma State.
Training in the Marathon hotbed known as Portland, Ore., all eyes will be on Vail in 2014 to lead the American charge.
Meb Keflezighi was the last American to win the New York City Marathon, doing so in 2009. Before him, however, no U.S. runner had won the event since Alberto Salazar took home the gold in 1982.
Vail has the look of the athlete who is best suited to break that cold spell.
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