NYC Marathon- The BIG GUNS

Yesterday, we were introduced to the celebrities of the NYC Marathon. Today, how about the elites. You know, those guys who run these things in like 2 hours and 5 minutes and take home some nice prize money to go with it. It should be mentioned that probably one of the best known runners, Grete Waitz fell into this category back in the 1980s. She won the NYC Marathon 9 years in a row. I kid you not. NINE TIMES! That streak is longer than anything the NY Yankees or the LA Lakers have ever done. Needless to say, she’s a running legend and will be remembered this year at the Marathon after she lost her battle with cancer earlier this year.

Anyways, the big guns. The Elites. The Kenyans and Ethiopians with some fast Americans trying to keep up. However you like to call it.

The Women (because Ladies first right?)

  1. Kim Smith (New Zealand)- let’s put it this way, had she not torn her Soleus muscle, she would have won the Boston Marathon in April. She’s INSANELY fast and won the Philadelphia Rock n Roll Half Marathon in September
  2. Jen Rhines (USA)- won the US Half Marathon championship this year, 3 time US Olympian
  3. Caroline Rotich (Kenya)- Won Boston half marathon last year and placed 4th this year at the Boston Marathon
  4. Caroline Kilel (Kenya)- Won the Boston Marathon this year after Kim Smith got hurt
  5. Isabellah Andersson (Sweden Resident, Kenyan Native)- has won the Stockholm Marathon 4 yrs in a row

The Men

  1. Gabre Gebremariam (Kenya)- He was 3rd at Boston this year and is Married to one of the Women Elites running this year
  2. Meb Keflezighi, better known by Meb (USA)- He won the NYC Marathon and is running in the Olympic trials in January, 2 months after NYC. Olympic Silver Medalist to boot!
  3. Emmanual Mutai (Kenya)- NYC runner up last year
  4. Geoffrey Mutai (Kenya)- Won the Boston Marathon this year in 2:03 which should be the world record (and is the fastest marathon ever). If only the IAAF didn’t decide that point to point marathons didn’t qualify for world records
  5. Tsegaye Kebede (Ethiopia)- the 2008 Bronze Medalist in the Olympics and won the London Marathon last year

I got Dibs on Kim Smith and Geoffrey Mutai for what it’s worth!

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