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
Runners are screened by police officers as they arrive for the New York City Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in New York.    (Jason DeCrow)

(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.

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Nov 3, 2013 12:33 PM CST
I have a dream that a day will come when the headline "Kenyans Mutai, Jeptoo Win NYC Marathon' will read "Mutai, Jeptoo Win NYC Marathon". Two individuals won and it is testament only to our planet's rabid, intractable tribalism that so many sense an irresistible urge to append the useless, superfluous information of a person's nation, race, tribe, religion, color, gender or other goup association as if all persons in that group somehow get credit for the deed and all other groups in some sense lost. At the risk of overstating it, it is this mentality of how to perceive people that leads to marching them off to gas chambers and crematoriums. Hey, Burt, down click buddy, I know I hurt your feelings.
Nov 3, 2013 12:23 PM CST
Kenyon's and most Africa decedents seem to be very athletic but their communities are quiet screwed up anywhere they go in the world as this has been proven again and again. But they sure are great athletes. All us European's and European Americans got is our technology and inventions. I mean the African space program is like 30 to 40,000 years off, but man can their play some ball..........................................................
Nov 3, 2013 12:23 PM CST
In east Africa you can often see the Masai wearing these very cool sandals made from automotive tire tread. They must be high performance steel belted radials.