Shoe Addicts present: Firehiwot Dado Video, 2011 ING New York City marathon champion, note by Larry Eder

Firehiwot Dado won the 2011 ING New York City Marathon. A three-time winner of the Rome Marathon, Dado had run three personal bests three years in a row. She was still not really on the short list of who could win the battle of the five boroughs.

Dado stayed with the chasing pack, as
Mary Keitany took off, hell bent, looking as if she would break the course record. Mary Keitany kept moving away from the chasing pack, building up a lead of nearly two and one half minutes. Buzenesh Deba and Firehiwot Dado cut that lead down, until, just before twenty-four miles, they caught Mary Keitany.

Over the next two miles, the lead changed several times, three great marathoners giving it their all, to see who would make it to the finish line first. Fourteen seconds separated the top three, with Firehiwot Dado taking first, Buzenesh Deba in second, and Mary Keitany holding on to third.

The following video, celebrating Firehiwot Dado's win, was created by the Shoe Addicts. 

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