Kenyan runner Geoffrey Mutai shattered the New York Marathon record on Sunday by two minutes and 37 seconds, by finishing at a time of two hours, five minutes, and six seconds, among a record 47,107 runners.
Mutai, 30, is the first man to win the Boston and New York marathons in the same year since Rodgers Rop in 2002.
Mutai beat out countryman Emmanuel Mutai (no relation), who finished second for the second consecutive year, while Tsegaya Kebede, of Ethiopa, finished third. Emmanuel Mutai ran the famed marathon in two hours, six minutes, and 28 seconds, and Kebede finished in two hours, seven minutes, and 13 seconds.
Emmanuel Mutai and Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia broke the old course record, and all three men earned a $70,000 bonus for finishing in under 2:07:30.
Geoffrey Mutail won $130,000 of the $600,000 prize money, Emmanuel Mutai received $65,000 and Kebede earned $40,000.
Ethiopian Firehiwot Dado won the women's race with a time of two hours, 23 minutes and 15 seconds. Ethiopian Buzunesh Deba came in second (2:23:19), while Kenyan Mary Keitany (2:23:38) finished third.
Dado took home $170,000.
The race featured several notable names. ESPN.com polled its Web site asking visitors who would run a faster time, speed skater Apolo Ohno or hockey legend Mark Messier?
Ohno (3:25:14) not only defeated Messier but finished ahead of all athletes. Softball star Jennie Finch (4:05:26) finished second, Messier (4:14:27) finished third, Holland goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar (4:19:16) finished fourth, amongst recognizable athletes.
Ohno raised $26,200 for Special Olympics. The speedster said he cramped in the race, which has never happened to him before.
Other prominent figures who ran the race included model Christy Turlington (4:20:47), and Edison Pena, a rescued Chilean miner, who dropped out after 11 miles.
Here's a video of the race: