ING New York Marathon , Men, miles 2-10, Women, Miles 8-13, by Larry Eder

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So, the race is on for both. The women's race, it is Paula Radcliffe, the record holder, working on the field, with Kara Goucher right on her shoulder, how long will that go?
On the men's side, Abderrahmime Bouramdane and Abdi Abdirhaman seem to be the two men to watch in the 2008 ING New York City marathon ......

The women's race continues to play itself out. Paula Radcliffe took the lead from the first steps, and except for Kara Goucher accidentally taking the lead a few times, Radcliffe has lead.

The 5k was passed in 18:04, a 5:48 pace, the 10k was hit in 35:33, a 5:43 pace, and 15 kilometers in 52:43, a 5:39 pace.

Paula Radcliffe has been relentless. The wind is her toughest competitor and may make this race even more difficult for Radcliffe to get a third win, but who knows? Kara Goucher, the debutante here for the marathon, is following Radcliffe. The pace has dropped each five kilometers, now at 5:39, a 2:28.20 pace.

The pack is Paula Radcliffe, Kara Goucher, Tira Dune of Ethiopia, Geta Wami of Ethiopia,a dn Ludmila Petrova of Russia and Lidia Simon of Romania, and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya. Catherine Ndereba of Kenya and Kim Smith have been dropping back for the
past five kilometers.

Ten miles was hit in 56:02, again, the wind is playing such a huge point in this race.

The wind is a big part of this race, and Radcliffe is pushing, pushing...Radcliffe continued to drop the pace, now at 5:35 per mile, hitting the half marathon point in
1:13:23, with Goucher in 1:13:24, Ludmilla Petrova of Russia in third in 1:13:24, Geta Wami at the same time and Dire Tune also at 1:13.24. Rita Jeptoo of Kenya in 1:13:25.

The men's race has a huge pack. Nate Jenkins of the US had the lead at 16:19 for 5k, with Abel Kirui of Kenya, Hendrick Ramaala of South Africa, Josh Rohatinsky, Abdi Abdirhaman, Paul Tergat are all in the front pack. Abderrahime Bouramdane of Morroco is also in attendance. The pace is 2:17 pace, walking for these guys....

The pace dropped pretty quick. The 10k was hit in 31:38, with Abdi Abderhaman in the lead. Abdi took the lead just around 8k, which I thought was much too early. The rest of the pack was at 31:48-a second 5k in 15:30. The pack is still Abel Kirui of Kenya, Hendrick Ramaala of South Africa, Josh Rohatinsky, Abdi Abdirhaman, Paul Tergat are all in the front pack. Abderrahime Bouramdane of Morroco is also in attendance.

The wind is very tough, and the pack is fourteen runners at 15k. The third five kilometers was run in 5:03 pace, hitting the 15k in 47:12.

The pack did not change as the men hit ten miles in 50:32. More to come....

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