Mary Keitany knows all too well how great it feels to take home the victory in the New York City Marathon. Now she knows what it feels like to three-peat as she ran to her third straight victory in just 2 hours, 24 minutes, and 26 seconds.
Keitany, who is 34 years old, found an extra gear around the midway point of the race and simply ran away from the competition. For the entire second half of the race, she ran alone, only the NYC Marathon escorts and the throngs of fans lining the streets as her company.
She is the second woman in the history of the NYC Marathon to win three in a row. Norway’s Grete Waitz accomplished the feat twice in the 1970s and again in the 1980s.
Finishing in second was Sally Kipyego of Kenya, who ran a 2:28:01, while the United States’ top finisher, Molly Huddle, ran to third in her marathon debut with a time of 2:28:13.