Postcard from the New York City Marathon
New York City Marathon week was bright, sunny, and even a little warm. New York City Marathon DAY was cold, wet and miserable.
Such are the trials and loneliness of the long-distance runner.
As you read this, Shalane Flanagan has become the first American.. well USA that is.. woman, to win New York in 40 years. Flanagan’s unofficial time was 2 hours 26 minutes 53 seconds, fast enough to beat the three-time defending champion Mary Keitany of Kenya and become the first American woman to win since Miki Gorman in 1977.
The time is a long way off the blistering 2:17:01, a women’s-only record, posted a few weeks ago in London by Mary Keitany who was chasing history, too. The 35-year-old Kenyan had won this race three times in a row, but had to settle for second behind Flanagan. Not slow, given NYC is rarely quick, but not fast either, Flanagan's time is no doubt reflective of the really quite nasty conditions.
Director of Bartold Clinical