by Clay Shaw
NEW YORK CITY, NY—NOVEMBER 3, 2019. On a perfect day for running, the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon became the world’s largest marathon ever, with 53,627 finishers. (Old record 52,813 finishers, 2018 TCS New York City Marathon).
Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya won in 2:08:13, becoming the 10th runner to win multiple New York City Marathons, in 2017 and now 2019. He has won two World Cross Country Championships (2015 Guiyang and 2017 Kampala) and set the world half-marathon record of 58:01 in Copenhagen earlier in 2019. He has won the IAAF World Half Marathon three times.
Joyciline Jepkosgei of Iten, Kenya won her debut at the marathon distance in 2:22:38, which was the second fastest time ever in the women’s open division in New York City Marathon history. She became the first athlete since Gebre Gebremariam in 2010 to win the New York City Marathon in their debut at the distance. Jepkosgei, like Kamworor is the owner of the world half-marathon record, a 1:04:51 set in winning the 2017 Valencia Half Marathon in Spain. In March of this year, Jepkosgei won the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon on her first trip to the USA.
Numbers game for top USA finishers: Desiree Linden (2:26:46) and Jared Ward (2:10:45) both finished sixth and top American for the second straight year.
Abdi Abdurahman of Tucson, AZ set a new American masters record of 2:11:34. The old record of 2:12:10 was set by Bernard Lagat in July of this year at the Gold Coast Marathon in Australia.
Masters women dominated with four in the top fifteen. Nancy Kiprop, 40, of Kenya was fourth in 2:26:21. She uses her prize money to help upgrade the school she built in Kenya in 2018. Sinead Diver of Australia was fifth in 2:26:23. Diver, 42, became Australia’s 3rd fastest marathoner ever with a 2:24:11 set in London in April 2019. Diver has also broken the master’s half-marathon record with a 1:08:55 in Marugame Half Marathon in Japan. Originally from Ireland, she didn’t start running until 2010. Roberta Groner of Ledgewood, NJ was 13th in 2:30:12. Groner, 41, represented the USA in the IAAF World Championships Marathon in Doha, Qatar and ran smart and tough to finish sixth overall. In April, she set a person best of 2:29:06 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Kate Landau of Jacksonville, FL, another 42-year-old was 15th in 2:33:04. Once a high school running prodigy and a successful collegiate athlete, she did so while battling an eating disorder. Today Landau credits balance of family, career, and running for her success.
Girma Bekele Gebre, 26, an Ethiopian sub-elite runner who runs with the New York West Side Runners Club, shocked the world with his podium finish (3rd overall in 2:08:38). He doesn’t have a sponsor or an agent. I have known Gebre for years, having photographed races in Philadelphia and various other east coast races where he has competed.
Top 20 Men
- 2:08:13 Geoffrey Kamworor KEN
- 2:08:36 Albert Korir KEN
- 2:08:38 Girma Bekele Gebre ETH
- 2:09:20 Tamirat Tola ETH
- 2:10:39 Shura Kitata ETH
- 2:10:45 Jared Ward UT
- 2:11:11 Stephen Sambu KEN
- 2:11:18 Yoshiki Takenouchi JPN
- 2:11:34 Abdi Abdirahman (42) AZ
- 2:12:07 Connor McMillan UT
- 2:12:57 Arne Gabius GER
- 2:13:09 Daniel Mesfun ERI
- 2:13:35 Birhanu Dare Kemal ETH
- 2:14:10 Tyler Pennel NC
- 2:14:13 John Raneri CT
- 2:14:16 Patricio Castillo MEX
- 2:14:24 Tadesee Yae ETH
- 2:15:38 Tyler Jermann MN
- 2:16:10 Joe Whelan NY
- 2:16:34 Louis Serafini MA
Top 20 Women
- 2:22:38 Joyciline Jepkosgei KEN
- 2:23:32 Mary Keitany KEN
- 2:25:51 Ruti Aga ETH
- 2:26:21 Nancy Kiprop (40) KEN
- 2:26:23 Sinead Diver (42) AUS
- 2:26:46 Desiree Linden MI
- 2:26:52 Kellyn Taylor AZ
- 2:27:07 Ellie Pashley AUS
- 2:27:27 Belaynesh Fikadu ETH
- 2:27:36 Mary Ngugi KEN
- 2:27:48 Gerda Steyn RSA
- 2:28:12 Aliphine Tuliamuk AZ
- 2:30:12 Roberta Groner (41) NJ
- 2:31:55 Katy Jermann MN
- 2:33:04 Kate Landau (43) FL
- 2:34:43 Yinli He CHN
- 2:36:00 Danna Herrick MI
- 2:37:09 Alia Gray CO
- 2:37:38 Bizuwork Getahun ETH
- 2:40:04 Paula Pridgen NC
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