The famous New York City Marathon took place again this weekend, to a smashing win by Geoffrey Mutai of Kapng’etuny, Kenya. Leading a massive pack of 47,438 runners, Geoffrey Mutai won the 42nd marathon with a time of 2 hours, 5 minutes and 6 seconds.
Modestly, he replied after his win,
“The race was not easy. Although I won, the race was not easy.”
This is the fastest time anyone has ever set for the New York City Marathon; the previous record, set ten years ago, was 2:07:43. All three top finishers this year broke that record, as second place finisher Emmanuel Mutai from Kenya finished in 2:06:28 and third place finisher Tsegaye Kebede from Ethiopia finished in 2:07:13.
Hitting All Five Marathons
Interestingly, the marathon running paces have increased so much recently that all five of the world’s marquee marathons had new course records set this year. Those locations include Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York. Geoffrey Mutai set two of those, coming in first in the Boston Marathon in April when he managed to run an astounding 2:03:02.
Mutai walked away from the New York City Marathon with $200,000, $130,000 of which was for the victory and $70,000 of which was for setting a course record.
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