It was another great year for one of New York’s finest sporting events: thousands of spectators thronged the streets to watch New York City marathoners race to the exhilarating end. Cheered on by the crowds, competitors sped through parts of Manhattan, traveling up First Ave. and south again on Fifth Ave. to the finish at Central Park.
Stanley Biwott won the men’s title after an extraordinary finish. The 29-year-old Kenyan won his first major marathon thanks to an unmatched combination of endurance, speed and strategy. After remaining with a pack of top runners for the early stages of the race, Biwott burst forward in miles 21-23, averaging just over a blistering 4:28-minute pace.
Mary Keitany, also of Kenya, won the women’s title in 2 hours, 24 minutes, and 25 seconds—about a half-minute faster than the pace that won her the race last year. A former world record-holder, Keitany began to distance herself from the front women’s pack at around Mile 20, and by Mile 22, she was 19 seconds ahead of the next runner.
Keitany finished third in 2010 and 2011 before winning last year; her back-to-back victories in 2014 and 2015 marks the first time a woman has won the race twice in a row since Paula Radcliffe’s dual victories in 2007 and 2008.
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