by Clay Shaw
Photos by Clay Shaw and Karen Mitchell
New York NY, November 6, 2022, 51st TCS New York City Marathon—Sharon Lokedi of Kenya was patient in her marathon debut, waiting until mile 25 to make her winning move, finishing in 2:23:23. Lokedi ran collegiately at Kansas and had raced well in the United Airlines New York City Half Marathon and the Mastercard New York Mini 10K. Although she had no marathon experience, she had the Central Park racing history which came in handy. Lonah Salpeter of Israel, finished second in 2:23:30. Salpeter and Lokedi were trailing the trio of Gotytom Gebreslase of Ethiopia, Viola Cheptoo of Kenya, and Hellen Obiri of Kenya (who was also making her marathon debut), but came back strong to forge ahead in Central Park. Gebreslase, who won the World Athletics Championships marathon in Eugene, ran strong for third in 2:23:39.
The amazing Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, at 42, was fourth and top master in 2:24:16. Viola Cheptoo of Kenya was fifth in 2:25:34. Cheptoo, the sister of Bernard Lagat, was second in 2021. Hellen Obiri, the highly decorated track and cross-country star, debuted at 2:25:49 in sixth place.
Aliphine Tuliamuk of Flagstaff, AZ was top American and seventh overall in 2:26:18, a personal best. Tuliamuk’s last marathon finish was the win at the USA Olympic Marathon Team Trials in Atlanta on February 29, 2020. Emma Bates of Boulder was second USA and eighth overall in 2:26:53. Nell Rojas of Boulder was tenth overall and third USA in 2:28:32.
Kudos to Stephanie Bruce of Flagstaff, AZ with a solid 2:30:34 in her final race as a pro athlete, fittingly in her birthplace of New York.
Evans Chebet of Kenya ran smart, and he is the sixth to win Boston and New York in the same year. Chebet won in 2:08:41. Shura Kitata of Ethiopia was chasing, causing Chebet to turn around often. Kitara finished second in 2:08:54. Abdi Nageeye of Netherlands placed third in 2:10:31.
Daniel Do Nascimento of Brazil tried to “steal” the race early and had an over two-minute lead at 20K. Do Nascimento, who has a 2:04 marathon best, ran the fastest first half in New York City Marathon history with a 1:01:22. Chebet began to ramp it up on the 59th Street Bridge, as the men’s chase pack broke up before entering Manhattan. The drama began just before 20 miles, with Do Nascimento using the porta-potty at 99th Street, a quick 18-second stop. Soon after, he crumbled to the ground in distress. His race was over. Chebet gave a concerned look and pointed, signaling that the exhausted Do Nascimento needed assistance, which came within seconds.
Scott Fauble of Portland, OR was the top American and ninth overall in 2:13:35. Fauble signed with Nike the evening prior to the marathon. Reed Fischer of Boulder was tenth and second American in 2:15:23. Jared Ward of Mapleton, UT was third USA and eleventh in 2:17:09.
Susannah Scaroni of Champaign, IL (1:42:43) and Marcel Hug of Switzerland (1:25:26) were the professional wheelchair champions, both setting new course records. It was said that the warmer weather actually benefited their racing times.
Jacob Casell of New York City was the first non-binary athlete, with a 2:45:16 clocking.
Galen Rupp who was running his first NYC Marathon had to drop out on 1st Avenue with the hip injury that bothered him in the World Champs in Eugene.
Sharon Lokedi’s win gave the Baltimore-based Under Armour their first World Majors Victory. Weini Kelati won the 5K in the same orange Under Armour kit.
47,838 finished the 2022 YCS New York City Marathon. It was the first full-entrant 50,000 runner start since 2019. The 73 degrees and 67% humidity, made it less than ideal for the athletes. It was the warmest NYC Marathon since 1985 (the year I ran it in 3:21 which I wasn’t happy with at the time).
Top Professional Women Finishers
- 2:23:23 Sharon Lokedi, 28, Kenya
- 2:23:30 Lonah Salpeter, 33, Israel
- 2:23:39 Gotytom Gebreslase, 27, Ethiopia
- 2:24:16 Edna Kiplagat, 42, Kenya
- 2:25:34 Viola Cheptoo, 33, Kenya
- 2:25:49 Hellen Obiri, 32, Kenya
- 2:26:18 Aliphine Tuliamuk, 33, Flagstaff, AZ
- 2:26:53 Emma Bates, 30, Boulder, CO
- 2:27:27 Jessica Stenson, 35, Australia
- 2:28:32 Nell Rojas, 34, Boulder, CO
- 2:29:28 Lindsay Flanagan, 31, Boulder, CO
- 2:30:22 Gerda Steyn, 32, South Africa
- 2:30:34 Stephanie Bruce, 38, Flagstaff, AZ
- 2:30:59 Caroline Rotich, 38, Kenya
- 2:31:31 Keira D’Amato, 38, Midlothian, VA
- 2:32:37 Desiree Linden, 39, Charlevoix. MI
- 2:32:56 Mao Uesugi, 27, Japan
- 2:34:50 Eloise Wellings, 39, Australia
- 2:35:03 Sarah Pagano, 31, San Diego, CA
- 2:35:32 Grace Kahura, 29, Kenya
- 2:35:35 Annie Frisbie, 25, Hopkins, MN
- 2:39:45 Molly Grabill, 30, Denver, CO
- 2:40:22 Kayla Lampe, 20, Philadelphia, PA
- 2:40:52 Maegan Krifchin, 34, Atlanta, GA
- 2:43:06 Roberta Groner, 44, Ledgewood, NJ
- 2:45:34 Ruth Van Der Meijden, 38, Netherlands
Top Professional Men Finishers
- 2:08:41 Evans Chebet, 33, Kenya
- 2:08:54 Shura Kitata, 26, Ethiopia
- 2:10:31 Abdi Nageeye, 33, Netherlands
- 2:11:00 Mohamed El Aaraby, 32, Morocco
- 2:11:31 Suguru Osako, 31, Japan
- 2:12:12 Tetsuya Yoroizaka, 32, Japan
- 2:13:27 Albert Korir, 28, Kenya
- 2:13:29 Daniele Meucci, 37, Italy
- 2:13:35 Scott Fauble, 31, Portland, OR
- 2:15:23 Reed Fischer, 27, Boulder, CO
- 2:17:09 Jared Ward, 34, Mapleton, UT
- 2:17:15 Matthew Baxter, 28, New Zealand
- 2:17:29 Leonard Korir, 35, Colorado Springs, CO
- 2:20:04 Matthew Llano, 34, Flagstaff, AZ
- 2:20:14 Olivier Irabaruta, 32, Burundi
- 2:22:31 Hendrik Pfeiffer, 29, Germany (Wave 1 start – Open Men)
- 2:22:58 Jonas Hampton, 33, Newtonville, MA
- 2:23:10 Alberto Mena, 24, Ecuador
- 2:23:33 Jacob Shiohira, 26, Bentonville, AR (Wave 1 start – Open Men)
- 2:23:42 Edward Mulder, 30, Boston, MA
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