The 2018 NYC Marathon set a record for NYC Participants, with over 52,000 finishers on what was a nearly perfect day for marathon running on November 4, 2018.
Lelisa Desisa has now reach podium positions in marathon 14 times. After two wins in Boston, Lelisa now has a win in the Big Apple! Desisa charged away just after 40 kilometers, from Geoffrey Kamworor, then, had to hold off Shura Kitata as he closed to within two seconds in the final 400 meters. A smiling, ebullent Desisa greeted the media after his race.
Bernard Lagat ran a debut marathon in 2:17.20, in 18th place. Bernard hit the half in 1:06.06 and started slowing down. It was a learning experience. Bernard walked to the media event obviously sore with his teenage son, looking like many marathon finishers. In the presser, Bernard made it quite clear that he will race at the marathon again.
Jared Ward finished sixth in the Rio Olympic marathon, a second exciting marathon in a row. Then, Jared had injury issues. His buildup to NYC was not without issue, as Jared reportedly considered not running just seven weeks ago. But Jared put together a fine race, running 2:12.24.
Here’s a few thoughts from Bernard and Jared on the marathon. Jumpy video by Larry Eder. I missed early ten minutes because of BBC radio report.