The winners for the women’s race and women’s wheelchair race have been crowned, for the 2015 New York City Marathon.
On Sunday, November 1st, 2015, Mary Keitany of Kenya won the women’s race. This is Keitany’s second consecutive win in the world’s largest footrace. Her unofficial time was 2 hours 24 minutes 25 seconds, according to The New York Times.
Refinery29 reports that a full minute later, Aselefech Mergia of Ethiopia finished in second place, with an unofficial time of 2 hours 25 minutes and 32 seconds. Tigist Tufa, of Ethiopia, finished third.
While Keitany’s back-to-back marathon wins are a major success, one competitor broke a world record. That was American Tatyana McFadden, who shattered the New York City Marathon women’s wheelchair course record.
McFadden finished in 1 hour 43 minutes 4 seconds. She once again completed the marathon grand slam after winning in London, Boston, Chicago, and New York. The previous record of 1 hour 50 minutes and 24 seconds was set by Amanda McGrory in 2011, according to The Associated Press.
The New York City Marathon includes a roster of the world’s most elite runners and athletes, along with celebrities, like Harlemites like James Blake who attended the race and Alicia Keys, who ran an unofficial 5:50:52 for charity.
Photo credit: Top three women, Mary Keitany, Aselefech Mergia, and Tigist Tufa celebrating their finish.