2015 NYC Marathon: Laces Up

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Mary Keitany and Stanley Biwott, TCS New York City Marathon champions. (Courtesy NYRR)

26.2 miles. That’s the equal and deadline result chased during a marathon – not a half – which would then sum up to 13.1. Yes, that’s right the annual New York City Marathon is perhaps the ultimate epic -ness relating to Sports.

Is this an unbiased opinion? Maybe, however, to better appreciate the heart of the sport, your writer is also a runner as well. A person who tried to avoid running at all costs during High School has now formed a love affair with it – and this is why I truly love watching the annual Marathon take over the five boroughs of the Big Apple.

Typically start times are varied. 8:30 am., is the first round of participants with wheelchairs, followed by the elite professional women at 9:20, thirty minutes later, the professional men take off and the last wave starting their watches at 11 am – marking the 26.2 mile journey to the finish.

There isn’t a feeling to be around hundreds of thousands of people all around cheering, giving away drinks to the runners – and the intense energy this event brings every year. As a runner’s personal perspective the “runner’s high” experienced during a long run can sometimes block out the peripheral noise due to the injection of focus.

Starting in Staten Island then off to Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and ending the destination at Central Park along with 50,000 participants,this year in 2015, on November 1, previous 2014 winners: Wilson Kipsang (Male -Kenya), Lelisa Desisa Benti (Male- Ethiopia), Gebrea Gebremariam (Ethiopia), Meb Keflezighi (USA) and other brave participants, attended once more to reclaim and or fight for their chance at victory.

Top 5 for Men’s Results:

PLACE

NAME

BIB

TIME

COUNTRY

1

Stanley Biwott

5

2hr:10min:34sec

Kenya

2

Geoffery Kamworor

6

2hr:10min:48sec

Kenya

3

Lelisa Desisa Benti

2

2hr:12min:10sec

Ethiopia

4

Wilson Kipsang

1

2hr: 12min:45sec

Kenya

5

Yemane Tsegay

7

2hr:13min:24sec

Ethiopia

Top 5 Women Results:

PLACE

NAME

BIB

TIME

COUNTRY

1

Mary Keitany

101

2hr:24min:25sec

Kenya

2

Aselefech Mergia

109

2hr:25min:32sec

Ethiopia

3

Tigist Tufa

105

2hr:25min:50sec

Ethiopia

4

Sara Moreira

103

2hr:25min:53sec

Portugal

5

Christelle Daunay

111

2hr:26min:57sec

France

The question remains – are you tough enough to run through the streets of Manhattan and re-awaken the hero that lives inside and waiting to be unleashed? If the answer is yes, then just know the registration cut-off is quickly approaching.

In the meantime, lace up, practice and click here for more information. See you in 2016.

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