Today is the 2017 NYC Marathon and, first out the gate was the men’s wheelchair division, followed by the women’s wheelchair group. The categories of finishers today are: Overall Men, Overall Women, U.S.A. Men, U.S.A. Women, Wheelchair Division, Handcycle Category and Duo Teams. There is also a kids race going on in Central Park. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. ET today and we will be covering the results live as the race carries on. If you would like to watch the marathon but are unable to be there in-person or get to a TV, click here for your free and available live stream options to watch the event online.
Marcel Hug won his third NYC Marathon in the male Wheelchair Division, winning by two minutes and 19 seconds. Hug is a Paralympian athlete from Switzerland and he has been nicknamed ‘The Silver Bullet’. He has actually set several world records and took home medals at the Paralympic Games, World Championships and European Championships. In addition to winning the NYC Marathon, Hug has won the London, Paris, Berlin, Chicago and Boston marathons as well. Manuela Schar has won the women’s Wheelchair Division and she hails from Switzerland.
Shalane Flanagan has won for the Overall Women and she is the first American to win in over 40 years. Flanagan was able to pull off the marathon in first place, with previous winner Mary Keitany coming in second. Flanagan’s time was 2 hours 26 minutes and 53 seconds. Prior to today’s race, Shalane Flanagan said she was ready to face Keitany in the race. When it comes to the Overall Men’s race, Geoffrey Kamworor was in the lead for the last leg of the race and Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich was right on his tail. But, Kamworor was able to pull off the victory with 2:10:53, while Kipsang made it in 2:10:56. It was very close.
Kamworor is known as “a man of all surfaces” and in 2012, he previously competed in the NYC Marathon, coming in second with a time of 2:10:48 behind his compatriot Stanley Biwott, according to Daily Nation. Kamworor is actually the reigning two-time World Cross Country champion. With the horrific terror attack that occurred recently on a bike path in New York City, extra security measures have been taken to ensure the safety of runners, along with attendees today. FOX News previously reported that security included hundreds of extra officers who are in plain clothes blending in, armed counterterrorism commandos, bomb-sniffing canines and rooftop snipers. The New York Police Department also said that they would be using blocker vehicles that they have never used for an event before, in order to provide even more protection.