New York City Marathon 2013 Winners: Kenyans Priscah Jeptoo And Geoffrey Mutai Take Home Gold

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Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya holds up a flag after winning the men's division of the New York City Marathon.

The 2013 New York City Marathon wrapped up around 11:40 a.m. Sunday, with Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya leading the women across the finish line. Her time was 2:25:07, making her average pace for the 26.2-mile run about 5:33 per mile. 

Jeptoo, 29, will walk away with over $600,000 in winnings and bonuses. Jeptoo trailed 26-year-old Buzunesh Deba, who was born in Ethiopia but lives in New York, for most of the marathon, until making her pass around mile 24. Deba came in second. Jeļena Prokopčuka from Latvia took home the third-place medal.  

This isn’t Jeptoo’s first marathon win this year. In April, Jeptoo took home the gold at the London Marathon. 

In the men’s race, 32-year-old Geoffrey Mutai, also from Kenya, was the first-place medalist, finishing in 2:08:24, or 4:55 minutes per mile. He led the rest of the runners by about a minute. Stanley Biwott, another Kenyan, came in second. 

Mutai is the fastest marathon runner in the world with a record time of 2:03:02 at the 2011 Boston Marathon. This is also his second consecutive time winning the New York City Marathon, having completed the race first in 2011. The marathon was cancelled last year in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. 

This is the third time two Kenyans have won both the men’s and the women’s New York City Marathon, one of the largest and pre-eminent races in the world. The race snaked through all five New York City boroughs, and included some 45,000 amateur runners. 

Because of the bombings that occurred in April at the 2013 Boston Marathon, which left three people dead and over 260 others injured, security was tight at today’s race in New York City. According to CNN, authorities positioned more than 1,500 cameras along the route and screened baggage coming into the race. They also had helicopters circling overhead for surveillance. 

 

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