ING NYC Marathon results 2010
NYC Marathon results 2010: big wins for first timers, return participants, and an unexpected celebrity.
New York — NYC Marathon results 2010 UPDATE - The crisp November air was just right for the participants of the 41st ING NYC Marathon, Sunday. More than 44,000 participants took to the streets of the five boroughs as city residents and visitors cheered them on from the sidelines of the 26.2-mile race.
Among the participants this year is one of the Chilean miners who captured the world's attention after being trapped 2,300 feet underground for 69 days. Edison Pena was the twelfth miner to be rescued from the Chilean mine.
He became known as "the runner" for his routine of running six to seven miles through the tunnels while singing Elvis Presley songs everyday while trapped underground.
He aimed to finish the marathon in six hours, Sunday. The Chilean hero beat his goal despite suffering from knee pain, and was welcomed by Elvis Presley music at the finish line.
The men's wheelchairers crossed the finish line in just over one hour thirty minutes. David Weir led the way followed by Masazumi Soejima and Kurt Fearnley. Kurt Fearnley was the 2009 NYC Marathon winner.
In the runners category the overall men's winner was Ethiopian Gebre Gebremariam with a time of 2:08:14. Gebremariam had the fastest time since Rodgers Rop won in 2002, and was the most recent first-time runner of the NYC Marathon to take first place since Rod Dixon in 1983.
The men's favorite for first place, and world-record holder, Haile Gebrselassie, dropped out of the race with an injured knee at the sixteenth mile. After dropping out, he surprised many by announcing his retirement from the sport.
Meb Keflezighi came in first among the Americans, and sixth overall. Keflezighi was the 2009 NYC Marathon champion and the first American to take home the prize since 1982.
First-time NYC Marathon runner and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan came in first in the American women's category and second overall. She is the first American woman to finish in the top two since Kim Jones won in 1990.
The winner of this year's NYC Marathon took home $130,000, while the second- and third-place winners received $65,000 and $45,000, respectively.