After last year’s marathon was cancelled due to covid, this year, the new york city marathon was destined to celebrate for the big apple. Thousands of spectators watched participants, including professionals, from everyday runners to wheelchair racers pushing their limits for the 50th New York City Marathon event.
The total prize money for this year’s event adds up to $700,000 and is awarded equally to men and women. Apart from prizes for top finishers, The Open Division was allotted $534,000, split between the top 10 women’s and men’s finishers where the first place receives $100,000 while the second receives $60,000 and the third receives $40,000.
Molly Seidel, the American who finished fourth all over and third among Americans receiving total price money which exceeds the third-place prize. In recognition of the 50th event, a bonus of $ 50,000 was allocated for men’s and women’s open race winners, in case they broke the record, but neither did. However, Peres Jepchirchir missed Margaret Okayo’s 2003 record by a slight difference.
The men’s race featured a marquee field that included 16-time world champion Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, four-time Olympic medalist, half marathon world record holder Kibiwott Kandie of Kenya, and Olympic silver medalist Abdi Nageeye of the Netherlands.
Mohamed El Araby of Morocco and Eyob Faniel from Italy began to break the race open by 10K.; the pack loomed a minute behind them By 13.1 miles, where Albert Korir finished at the top place.
The stacked women’s field included Olympic bronze medalist Molly Seidel, Olympic gold medalist Peres Jepchirchir, and 2019 Tokyo Marathon champion Ruti Aga.
Until 20 miles a pack of nine runners hung together, where Viola Cheptoo, Ababel Yeshaneh, and Jepchirchir broke away. Peres Jepchirchir won with the third-fastest time in NYC Marathon history.
Olympic bronze medalist Molly Seidel found herself in no woman’s land for the race’s final miles. Marcel Hug, a Swiss wheelchair athlete, wins in New York City after chasing the course record. Madison de Rozario from Australia won the women’s wheelchair division race with a time of 1:51:01.
Many celebrities were seen enjoying the marathon. Abby Wambach, the FIFA World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist, finished in a time of 3:44:25. Two members of the folk group Mumford & Sons, Marcus Mumford and Ben Lovett took to the line.
According to NYRR, Chelsea’s Clinton, the former first daughter, didn’t appear in the official results; she ran under an alias but clocked an impressive 3:59:09.
The Morning show hosts Willie Geist from TODAY Show, Morning Joe, and Will Reeve from Good Morning America also finished, running in a time of 3:58:23 and 4:11:51, respectively.