Kenyans Mutai, Jeptoo Win NYC Marathon

Geoffrey Mutai defends title from 2011 marathon

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Nov 3, 2013 11:12 AM CST

(Newser) – In a double victory for Kenya, Geoffrey Mutai has successfully defended his New York City Marathon title and Priscah Jeptoo rallied to win the women's race. Mutai set the course record the last time the NYC Marathon was held, in 2011. Today's race returned after last year's cancellation because of the destruction of Superstorm Sandy. Security was also heightened after the bombings at April's Boston Marathon.

On a windy morning, Mutai had an unofficial time of 2 hours, 8 minutes, 24 seconds, well off his mark of 2:05:06 set in nearly perfect conditions. Jeptoo trailed Buzunesh Deba by nearly 3 1/2 minutes at the halfway point. But she started making her move as the race entered Manhattan and passed Deba with just more than 2 miles to go.

Runners are screened by police officers as they arrive for the New York City Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in New York.   (Jason DeCrow)
Runners are screened by police officers as they arrive for the New York City Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in New York.   (Jason DeCrow)
Police officers from the counterterrorism unit stand watch over runners who arrive for the New York City Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in New York.   (Jason DeCrow)
Heavy security including a bomb-sniffing dog are present near the finish line of the 2013 New York City Marathon in New York, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. The increased security at the marathon will be most...   (Seth Wenig)
Security personnel walk near the finish line of the 2013 New York City Marathon in New York, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. The increased security at the marathon will be most evident near the finish line in Central...   (Seth Wenig)
Runners pass under a bridge on Fourth Avenue in the Brooklyn borough of New York during the New York City Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013.   (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)
Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the New York City Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in New York.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
A police helicopter hovers nearby as runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the New York City Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in New York.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the New York City Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in New York.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Marcel Hug of Switzerland crosses the finish line followed by Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa as he wins the mens' wheelchair division of the New York City Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
The Lower Manhattan skyline can be seen in the distance as runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the New York City Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the New York City Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in New York.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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