Wow, what an accomplishment! On Nov. 3, Priscah Jeptoo and Geoffrey Mutai ran the 26.2 miles through New York City’s boroughs faster than anyone else, crossing the finish line first and completing a life-long dream.
After years of hard work, and a few hours of tireless running, Priscah Jeptoo and Geoffrey Mutai from Kenya won the New York City Marathon. Congratulations!
Rita Jeptoo & Geoffrey Mutai Win New York City Maraton
The 2013 New York City Marathon went off without a hitch on Nov. 2, as more than 48,000 runners trekked through NYC’s five boroughs. For most of those people, it wasn’t really a race — more like a set goal — finishing in itself is really like winning. No matter if you finish in three hours or six, just finishing is an amazing accomplishment.
But a select few men and women were racing to cross the finish line first. And in just over two hours and 25 minutes, Priscah Jeptoo from Kenya won for the women, while Geoffrey Mutai — also from Kenya — won for the men with a finishing time of 2:08:24.
While hordes of people cheered her on in Central Park, Priscah raised her arms triumphantly — and actually looked surprisingly composed considering she just won one of the biggest marathons in the world. Her husband, who was waiting for her just past the finishing point, hugged her proudly.
Geoffrey meanwhile let his jubilation show, wrapping the Kenyan flag around him and high-fiving members of the crowd with a huge beaming smile on his face. Geoffrey also won the New York Marathon in 2011.
The 2013 New York City Marathon
Though the New York City Marathon is always a special event, this year’s was especially charged after last year’s was canceled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. And with the tragedy that occurred at the Boston Marathon on April 15 still fresh in everyone’s minds, there was also a sense that the participants were running in honor of both the victim’s of the hurricane and the Boston Bombings.
When life gets tough, sometimes sports are the things that unite us, bring us together, and make us feel whole again. And seeing Priscah and Geoffrey cross the finish line jubilantly, that was definitely the case in New York City on Nov. 2.
WATCH: 2013 New York City Marathon
— Andrew Gruttadaro