Elite Field Doesn’t Disappoint at 2018 TCS New York City Marathon

By Clay Shaw

NEW YORK, NY—Shalane Flanagan who won the 2017 NYC Marathon finished a solid third in 2018 in 2:26:22. The Marathon was held on November 4. Afterwards at the press conference, there were lots of questions about retirement at age 37.  The answers of course come after recovery, careful thought, and family and coach decisions. Thirty-seven is not old, especially when looking at the 2018 results with only one woman in her 20s in the top 10, and just two in the top 14.  Mary Keitany of Kenya had another big win, with a 2:22:48 at 36.  Second place, Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya (2:26:02) is 35.  Molly Huddle of Rhode Island was fourth with a PB of 2:26:44 at age 34.  Roberta Groner of NJ was top Masters and 12th overall in 2:31:01.

Allie Kieffer of NY was seventh in 2:28:12 in a new PR, just behind Desiree Linden (2:27:51), the 2018 storm-blown Boston Marathon champion.

The men’s race was entertaining as two-time Boston champ Lilesa Desisa of Ethiopia won in 2:05:59.  Shura Kitata of Ethiopia was second in 2:06:01, and 2017 NYC Marathon champ Geoffrey Kamworor third in 2:06:26.  Jared Ward of Utah, led four American in the top ten.  Ward was sixth in 2:12:24, Scott Fauble was seventh in PB time of 2:12:28.  Shadrack Biwott of Folsom, CA was ninth in 2:12:52, with Chris Derrick of Portland OR in 10TH in 2:13:08.

Former track star Bernard Lagat of Tucson, AZ was first Masters in his debut at age 43 in 2:17:20.  New York based Harbert Okuti of Uganda ran with Lagat much of the way and had a PB of 2:16:51, placing 16th.


  1. Lilesa Desisa, ETH 2:05:59
  2. Shura Kitata ETH 2:06:01
  3. Geoffrey Kamworor KEN 2:06:26
  4. Tamirat Tola ETH 2:08:30
  5. Daniel Wanjiru KEN 2:10:21
  6. Jared Ward, UT 2:12:24
  7. Scott Fauble, AZ 2:12:28 PB
  8. Festus Talam, KEN 2:12:40
  9. Shadrack Biwott, CA 2:12:52
  10. Chris Derrick OR 2:13:08
  11. Juan Luis Barrios MEX 2:13:55
  12. Tadesse Yae ETH 2:13:57
  13. Tim Ritchie MA 2:15:22
  14. Ryan Vail OR 2:15:31
  15. Jonny Mellor GBR 2:16:09
  16. Harbert Okuti UGA 2:16:51 PB
  17. Scott Smith, AZ 2:17:12
  18. Bernard Lagat, (43) AZ 2:17:20 DB
  19. Girma Gebre, ETH 2:18:18
  20. Birhanu Dare Kemal ETH 2:18:20


  1. Mary Keitany KEN 2:22:48
  2. Vivian Cheruiyot KEN 2:26:02
  3. Shalane Flanagan OR 2:26:22
  4. Molly Huddle RI 2:26:44 PB
  5. Rahma Tusa ETH 2:27:13
  6. Desiree Linden, MI 2:27:51
  7. Allie Kieffer NY 2:28:12 PB
  8. Lisa Weightman AUS 2:29:11
  9. Mamitu Daska ETH 2:30:31
  10. Belaynesh Fikadu ETH 2:30:47 PB
  11. Stephanie Bruce AZ 2:30:59
  12. Roberta Groner (40) NJ 2:31:01
  13. Gerda Steyn RSA 2:31:04 PB
  14. Carrie Dimoff OR 2:31:12
  15. Samantha Bluske AL 2:32:04
  16. Sydney Devore MI 2:32:43
  17. Brittany Charboneau CO 2:36:35
  18. Sarah Sellers AZ 2:36:37 PB
  19. Beverly Ramos PUR 2:40:58
  20. Adriana Da Silva BRA 2:41:00
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Shalane Flanagan OR 3rf female
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Desiree Linden MI 6th female
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Allie Kieffer 7th, Stephanie Bruce 11th, Roberta Groner 12th, Carrie Dimoff 14th
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Allie Kieffer NY 7th female
bernard lagat az 18th harbert okuti uga 16th-3340
Bernard Lagat AZ 18th Harbert Okuti UGA 16th
carrie dimoff or 14thf-3591
Carrie Dimoff OR 14th
Award winners and presenters at NYRR Hall of Fame presentation
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Jared Ward UT 6th
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Lilesa Desisa ETH 1st makes move for the win
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Lisa Weightman AUS 8th female
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Martin Lel, Deena Kastor, Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers, Edith Hunkeler, George Hirsch
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Mary Keitany KEN 1st female
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Molly Huddle RI 4th female
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Rahma Tusa ETH 5th female
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Roberta Groner NJ 12th female
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Samantha Bluske AL 15th female
sarah sellers az 18thf-3155
Sarah Sellers AZ 18th female
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Scott Fauble AZ 7th male
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Shalane, Molly, and Desi top 3 USA
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Shalane Flanagan OR 3rf female
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Sydney Devore MI 16th female
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Vivian Cheruiyot KEN 2nd female