ING NYC Marathon, After race Winner retires!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Today was the ING NYC Marathon , the courageous runners braved the November  brisk weather. There was over 44,000 participants took the streets of the five boroughs on a 26.2 mile race.
The race started in  Staten Island and made their way through Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx, finally finishing in Central Park back in Manhattan.

In the runners category the overall men's winner was Ethiopian Gebre Gebremariam with a time of 2:08:14. Gebremariam had the fastest time since Rodgers Rop won in 2002, and was the most recent first-time runner of the NYC Marathon to take first place since Rod Dixon in 1983.

 According to The Daily news, The 5-10, 123-pound Gebremariam, the first rookie marathoner to win the race in 27 years, outkicked Kenya's Emmanuel Mutai, who took second in 2:09.18. After the race, Gebrselassie announced he was retiring, effective immediately"I don't want to complain anymore after this," said Gebrselassie, 37, "which means it's better to stop here. Let me do other job. Let me give a chance for the youngsters."

In the women's race, American Shalane Flanagan, the bronze medalist at the Beijing Olympics two years ago and the most heralded young distance runner in the country, had an impressive debut of her own, finishing just behind women's winner Edna Kiplagat of Kenya.Kiplagat crossed in 2:28:20. Flanagan's time was 2:28.40

The winner of this year's NYC Marathon took home $130,000, while the second- and third-place winners received $65,000 and $45,000, respectively.

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