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RRCA Roads Scholars Turn in Strong Showings at 2013 ING NYC Marathon
by Larry Eder
What a difference a year makes. At this time last year, I was walking through Central Park, as runners from around the world were keeping the spirit of the New York City marathon alive, after it was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.
On the women’s side, Priscah Jeptoo dropped from running 5:30 miles to 5:15, then 5:04, then 5:05. At 30k, she cut the gap between her and then-leader Buzunesh Deba to 1:50, the closest that Deba had allowed anyone to get to her. While Deba continued to run 5:30s, Jeptoo was pressing and her near five minute miles were cutting into the safety net that Deba had built. Jeptoo continued to surge and won the race in 2:25.07, to Buzunesh Deba’s 2:25.56. Mattie Suver, a 2013 RRCA Roads Scholar, finished 18th with a time of 2:41:18.
The men’s elite race was an example of how a great race is all about the competition. With a pack numbering near thirty runners early on, Meb Keflezighi lead the pack through the first five kilometers in 15:42. Observing Meb and the others in the group were Geoffrey Mutai, the 2011 NYC champion, and Stephen Kiprotich, the Olympic and World Champion.
Mutai would eventually charge to to the finish, with much left, winning in 2:08.24, defending his 2011 title. Tsegaye Kebede fought back from a back patch and took second in 2:09.16, ending a year with London wins, fourth in Moscow World Champs and second in ING New York, something not done before in World Marathon Majors. Jeffrey Eggleston, a 2010 RRCA Roads Scholar, finished 14th with a time of 2:16:35.