Mary Keitany of Kenya ran to her third consecutive victory on Sunday in the New York City Marathon, finishing completely out of sight of the rest of the field, in 2 hours 24 minutes 26 seconds. Pulling away from her rivals before the 10-mile mark and never needing to look back, she covered more than half of the course entirely alone.
The men’s race was won by a 20-year-old Eritrean, Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, who pulled away from a tight pack of three at Mile 20 and blew kisses to his onlookers as he won in 2:07:51. He is the youngest winner in race history.
Ghebreslassie was followed by Lucas Rotich of Kenya in second (2:08:53). Abdi Abdirahman, a Somali-born American who is based in Arizona, finished in third (2:11:23). Abdirahman, 39, is almost a generation older than Ghebreslassie.
Tatyana McFadden of the United States won her fourth consecutive New York City Marathon title, finishing the women’s wheelchair race in 1 hour 47 minutes 43 seconds.
The son of actor Christopher Reeve, of “Superman” fame, is facing his fear by participating in Sunday’s New York City Marathon, the first marathon he has ever attempted.Reeve, 24, is running for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation with a goal of raising $35,000 for the organization started by his parents. He will be joined by 55 other runners and hand cyclists participating for Team Reeve in the race.
Will was only 12 years old when his father, actor Christopher Reeve, died at 52 years old in 2004, and then he lost his mother, Dana, to lung cancer at 44 in 2006.
His wife, Dana, continued his work as the head of the foundation until she died at 44 of lung cancer in 2006. Will was only 13 when she passed away and was then raised by family friends in Bedford, New York.
“Their passion for everything is what made them so special,” Reeve said. “They deeply cared about making a difference in the world in any context. It was a really special experience to grow up in a house with them setting that example. I try to carry on their legacy every day by just doing what I was taught.”