The 2010 New York City Marathon is over for some of its fastest runners. And I don't know about them, but I'm exhausted. Seriously -- that was one emotionally draining race. The results for the top three finishers in the women's race were, in this order: Kenyan Edna Kiplagat, American Shalane Flanagan (shout out to Marblehead, Massachusetts!), and Mary Keitany, also of Kenya.Their winning times were: 2:28:20; 2:28:40; and 2:29:01, respectively.
The amazing thing about all three of these women? It was the first time any of them had run the New York City Marathon, and it was Flanagan's first marathon ever.
Also of relevance: An American woman hasn't won the New York Marathon since 1977, and for a while, it looked like Shalane Flanagan was going to take first. I know, I know, the marathon isn't about countries, it's about individuals. But I confess, I really wanted her to win. That didn't happen -- but she still did America (and herself) proud.
Meet the three inspirational winners:
Edna Kiplagat, 31: This Kenyan long-distance runner won the Los Angles marathon earlier this year -- it was only her second marathon ever. Also in 2010, Kiplagat finished second in the Freihofer's Run for Women, and came in third at both the Beach to Beacon race and the Falmouth Road Race. Today was Kiplagat's first New York Marathon run -- and win. She's married to Gilbert Koech, who is also a runner. The couple has two children: Carlos, 6, and Wendy, 2.
Shalane Flanagan, 29, grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and is the daughter of two accomplished runners. Her mother, Cheryl Bridges Treworgy, is a former marathon world record holder, and her dad, Steve Flanagan, was a U.S. World Cross Country Champion participant and marathon runner. Shalane won the bronze medal in the 2008 Olympic Womens 10000m Finals in Beijing, setting a new American record. Today's New York City Marathon was the first time she's run a marathon. Shalane is married to Steven Ashley Edwards, with whom she has a son.
Mary Keitany, 28, is a long distance runner from Keyna who won a silver medal at the 2007 IAAF World Road Running Championships. She became the World Half Marathon champion in 2009. Her personal best of 1:06:36 in the half marathon is the second fastest of all time. Today marked Keitnay's first-ever New York Marathon run. She's married to Kenyan athlete Charles Koech, and is mom to two-year-old Jared Kipchumba.
Congratulations to all!
Have these women inspired you to lace up your running sneakers?