Monday, November 7, 2011

NYC Marathon

Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya won the men’s race and Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia was the fastest woman at the 42nd running of the New York City Marathon yesterday. Mutai, 30, who won the Boston Marathon in record time in April, completed the 26.2 mile race in a course record 2:05:06, while Dado won the women’s event in 2:23:15. The winners receive $130,000 of the $600,000 prize money, with the second-place finishers getting $65,000 and those coming in third winning $40,000. Mutai also collected a $70,000 bonus for finishing in less than 2:07:30. Emmanuel Mutai, 27, also of Kenya, was second in the men’s race in 2:06:28, with 24-year-old Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia third at 2:07:13. All three beat the decade-old record of 2:07:43 set by Tesfaye Jifar of Ethiopia. Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia was second in the women’s race, four seconds behind Dado, and Mary Keitany of Kenya followed in third, another 20 seconds back. The first New York City marathon in 1970 had 127 runners. Yesterday’s edition, which started on Staten Island and snaked through the city’s five boroughs before finishing in Central Park, attracted a record 47,107 runners from 142,903 applications. The marathon was run in honor of Grete Waitz, the record nine-time winner in New York from Norway who died at the age of 57 in April, six years after contracting cancer. Waitz won in her first appearance in New York in 1978 and eight other times through 1988.