While you were laying in bed on Sunday morning, regretting how much sugar you ate the night before, some women out there were accomplishing seriously amazing feats. This weekend marked the 2015 New York City Marathon, which meant 50,000 people from all over the world gathered together to run 26.2 miles (yea, they did that while you picked chocolate off your pillow).
Even though thousands of women ran the race and should be super proud of themselves, there are a few stand outs. Kenya’s Mary Keitany took home first place in the women’s race for the second year in a row. Her unofficial time was 2 hours 24 minutes 25 seconds, according to The New York Times. Aselefech Mergia of Ethiopia followed in second place (her unofficial time was 2 hours 25 minutes and 32 seconds), and Tigist Tufa, also of Ethiopia, finished third.
For record-breaking, that victory goes to American Tatyana McFadden in the race’s wheelchair division. McFadden finished in 1 hour 43 minutes and four seconds time. This was also a Grand Slam win for the champion, who also won in London, Boston, and Chicago for the past three years. Along with the victory, she’ll also get a cash bonus on top of the $15,000 first-place prize and half of the $20,000 prize awarded to the men’s and women’s champions of the Chicago-New York Challenge. Now that’s a good Sunday!
And let’s not forget Colorado’s own Laura Thweatt who ran one of the strongest debuts ever by an American woman at the New York City Marathon, finishing seventh in 2:28:23. “It was definitely an extended cross country race for me,” the 26-year-old said of the final part of the race. “I definitely had to give it everything I had those last couple of miles. It was brutal.” Look at for Thweatt at the Olympics, but she will be sticking to the 10,000 meter race and not the marathon.
Unfortunately 18-year-old Alana Hadley, who was one of the fastest runners at the start, had to drop out after 15K due to a bad ankle injury. Teresa McWalters (12th in 2:40:37) and Hilary Corno (2:45:53) were the second and third American women.
Congrats to everyone who ran!
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