Kenya’s Stanley Biwott & Mary Keitany Emerge As Winners In The World’s Largest Foot Race

All sorts of inspiration was felt on Sunday as Kenya’s Stanley Biwott and Mary Keitany emerged as winners in the 45th annual New York City Marathon (TCS), a pre-eminent long distance marathon in the United States and the largest footrace in the world.

This is Keitany’s second consecutive win in the women’s field race, and was followed by Ethiopia’s Aselefech Mergia and Tigist Tufa who finished in second and third place consecutively. Keitany’s is the first consecutive win in New York since Paula Radcliffe MBE (2007 and 2008), who is currently the women’s world record holder in a marathon and the only female marathoner faster than Keitany. Keitany is also the sixth Kenyan woman to win in New York. Keitany’s counterpart in the men’s race, Stanley Biwott, was followed by countryman Geoffrey Kamworor and Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa. A professional runner, Biwott’s race to the finish line come after much persistence and endurance. According to the New York Times, his initial attempt at the marathon in 2012 was canceled in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy and he fell into fifth place in the 2013 race.  

The New York City Marathon has grown from its premier race in 1970 and includes some of the world’s professional runners and athletes.

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