The 46th New York City Marathon is here! Like marathons past, it is a day filled with cheering, great signs, personal bests and celebration! See the best moments from the 26.2 mile race!
Mary Keitany, 34, of Kenya and Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, 20, of Eritrea were the respective queen and king of NYC on Nov. 6 after they won the New York City Marathon. Mary crossed the finish line in 2 hours 24 minutes 26 seconds, with no one else around. This win was her third in a row, making it one of the most amazing moments of the whole race! Ghirmay won the men’s race in 2:07:51 and totally blew us away with his crazy good time.
— TCS NYC Marathon (@nycmarathon) November 6, 2016
Tatyana McFadden of the United States owned another epic moment in the race, when she won her fourth consecutive women’s wheelchair race in 1 hour 47 minutes 43 seconds. Nice, Tatyana! Another huge moment was brought to us courtesy of Molly Huddle who won third in the women’s race, making her win the first podium for an American woman since 2010. The Olympics bled into the marathon with 2016 Olympic Triathlon Champion Gwen Jorgensen finishing in 14th with a time of 2:41:01. And in an epic moment, Abdi Abdirahman, 39, a Somali-born American distance runner, came in third with a time of 2:11:23, making him the oldest podium finisher in the NYC Marathon’s history! All in all, it was an amazing race!
The New York City Marathon was started in 1970, with an entry fee of only $1. That year, winners were given cheap wristwatches, recycled baseballs and bowling trophies, instead of the cash prize they receive today. Just eight years later, one of the most incredible moments in the race’s history occurred, as Olympic track runner Grete Waitz of Norway, who had never run more than 12 miles, won the marathon and set a world-record for the women’s division. That same year, Bill Rogers became the race’s first three-time winner. He and Grete went on to win the 1979 race, as well. As the years went on, the race grew more popular. In 1992, the NYC Marathon reached a poignant point when its founder, Fred Lebow, who was in remission from brain cancer, crossed the finish line with Grete by his side.
Another highlight was in 2013 when a record 50,000 plus runners finished the 26.2 mile course! The following year, the record was broken again, with 50,530 runners crossing the Central Park finish line! Amazing! A marathon event that originally only 55 men could complete in 1970, now sees almost 50,000 runners from all over the world. It is such a monumental, patriotic event with a rich history, not only for the athletes, but for New Yorkers and Americans as well.
HollywoodLifers, send your well wishes and congratulations to all the runners of the 2016 New York City Marathon!