ING NYC Marathon Lifts Spirits of World After Sandy, Boston

[ 0 ] November 4, 2013 |
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Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai, far right (in red), was the winner of the men’s ING NYC marathon

This year’s ING NYC Marathon once again inspired the world as more than 50,000 participants ran or wheeled through the city’s five boroughs; world-class marathon runner, Kenyan peace activist Tegla Loroupe on how sports can help spread peace throughout the world

Every runner who crossed the finish line at this year’s ING New York City Marathon were winners, coming back to pound the pavement through the city’s five boroughs after last year’s NYC Marathon was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy, and after the April bombings at the Boston Marathon rocked the racing world. More than 50,000 runners stormed through New York on Sunday, showing the world that nothing will keep them down.

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This year’s NYC Marathon winners were Kenyans Priscah Jeptoo and Geoffrey Mutai much who took the women’s and men’s titles as champions as they crossed the finish line. Meanwhile, American marathoner Tatyana McFadden – who was born with a spinal defect – made history Sunday when she won the women’s wheelchair race after also winning first place in the London, Boston and Chicago marathons this year. No other athlete has won those four competitions in 12 months.

The NYC Marathon was a prime example of people from all corners of the globe and all walks of life coming together to celebrate work-class athleticism and triumph over adversity. Sports can be a vehicle for also spreading peace throughout the world.

Watch Tegla Loroupe, a world-class marathon runner from Kenya and peace activist, talk with genConnect about the power of sport to help heal – in more ways than one:

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Loroupe, who has won more than 30 marathons and broke barriers for women in Africa in the sport of running, is also the founder of The Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation. The foundation was established in 2003 and aims to bring peace through sports and development in the greater Horn of Africa region.

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American Tatyana McFadden won the women’s wheelchair race at the ING NYC Marathon

In Sunday’s NYC Marathon, Jeptoo, 29, overtook Bronx resident Buzubesh Deba in the last legs, finishing in 2 hours, 25 minutes, 7 seconds. Deba, 26, finished second for the second straight time, having claimed No. 2 in 2011 as well. Mutai, 32, won the men’s title, finishing in Central Park 2:08:24.

Security was a huge presence at the racing event, given the horrific bombings that happened at the Boston Marathon in April that killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Coast Guard boats sat in New York Harbor, complete with machine guns, 1,500 surveillance cameras along the running route, metal detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs were just a few of the security measures put into place for Race Day.

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About Tegla Loroupe: Long-distance track and road runner and global spokeswoman for peace, women's rights, and education, Tegla Chepkite Loroupe is among the legends of sport. The three-time world half-marathon champion and two-time world marathon record holder, also [...]
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