The Media Center at the NYC Marathon allows the NYRR to un the post event pressers with absolute precision. On the women’s side, Mary Keitany’s total domination of the second half of the race gave her the second fastest time in NYC Marathon history, her 4th NYC title and talk about WRs.
The second theme in the women’s race was the continued performances of the American women. With Shalane Flanagan in 3rd, Molly Huddle in 4th, Des Linden in sixth and Allie Kiefer in seventh, US women had one of their finest days ever.
Shalane Flanagan has finished on the podium three times, in three finishes in NYC. Her 2nd place in 2010, first place in 2017, and a gutty third place in 2018. Shalane hinted that this was it, and also that she wants to serve the sport. Would sure love to see her work with Jerry Schumacher to impart her knowledge into another fine generration of American women runners.
Molly Huddle took fourth in NYC, after her debut at third in 2016. In 2018, Molly finished 16th in the Boston Marathon. Our one time 5000m AR, and present 10k AR is focused on the marathon, and her coach, Ray Treacy, was very happy with her second NYC marathon, as he was with her first. Molly Huddle could be our finest American women marathoner over the next few years. I am happy that she will continue to race 10,000m and marathon.
Des Linden took sixth in NYC, after her gutty win in Boston last April. Des Linden changed her coaching and her training program this summer, having left Hansons Brooks DP and is now coached by Walt Drenth, her former college coach. Des is the thinking person’s marathoner. She likes to shake it up, and she broke open the race, as cited by Mary Keitany. Des Linden will contine to run NYC until she win it, that simple.
Here’s my less than perfect video via FB LIVE of the American women’s presser, part 1.