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5B: NYC Marathon 2016.

Run to Win. Here’s the Word…

1 Corinthians 9: 23-25  I do all this for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings. 24Do you not know that in a raceall the runners run, but only one receives the prize? Runin such a way as to take the prize. 25Everyone who competes in the games trains with strict discipline. They do it for a crown that is perishable, but we do it for a crown that is imperishable.…

The NYC Marathon 2016.

In an extraordinary race of one, Mary Keitany of Kenya ran to her third consecutive victory on Sunday in the New York City Marathon, finishing completely out of sight of the rest of the field, in 2 hours 24 minutes 26 seconds. Pulling away from her rivals before the 10-mile mark and never needing to look back, she covered more than half of the course entirely alone.

The men’s race was won by a 20-year-old Eritrean, Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, who pulled away from a tight pack of three at Mile 20 and blew kisses to his onlookers as he won in 2:07:51. He is the youngest winner in race history.

Ghebreslassie was followed by Lucas Rotich of Kenya in second (2:08:53). Abdi Abdirahman, a Somali-born American who is based in Arizona, finished in third (2:11:23). Abdirahman, 39, is almost a generation older than Ghebreslassie.

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Keitany’s unexpected break from the lead pack threw the women’s race into early upheaval, as her competitors stretched out one by one along the course to jockey for the remaining two podium spots. The 2012 Olympic silver medalist, Sally Kipyego of Kenya, placed second in 2:28:01, and Molly Huddle of the United States, in her marathon debut, was third in 2:28:13.

Keitany is the first woman to win three in a row since Grete Waitz won five from 1982 to 1986.

As her pink sneakers bounced steadily off the pavement through the five boroughs, Keitany, 34, showed that she has no problem running alone — provided she has a chance to start at all. Though she is the second-fastest woman in history and her country’s record holder (2:18:37), Kenya left her off its Olympic team this year after she collided with Jemima Sumgong and fell in the London Marathon with about five miles to go and subsequently failed to win.

Tatyana McFadden of the United States won her fourth consecutive New York City Marathon title, finishing the women’s wheelchair race in 1 hour 47 minutes 43 seconds.

Manuela Schar of Switzerland was second in 1:49:28. Amanda McGrory of the United States was third in 1:53:15.

McFadden was born in Russia, adopted by American parents and grew up in Maryland. She is among the most decorated Paralympicathletes in history. She finished second in a photo finish at the Rio Paralympics in September, narrowly losing to Zou Lihong of China. Zou was in Sunday’s field in New York, but was nowhere close when McFadden crossed the finish line in Central Park.

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