Kenya’s Albert Korir and Peres Jepchirchir win New York City Marathon: NPR

Winner of the women’s division, Peres Jepchirchir from Kenya, crosses the finish line during the 2021 TCS New York City Marathon in New York on November 7, 2021.

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Winner of the women’s division, Peres Jepchirchir from Kenya, crosses the finish line during the 2021 TCS New York City Marathon in New York on November 7, 2021.

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The iconic New York City Marathon personally started Sunday for the first time since it was canceled last year and became a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The course of the year saw a number of new ones health and safety measures to prevent the massive competition from turning into a superspreader event.

Peres Jepchirchir from Kenya won the women’s division, bursting past the herd with an unofficial time in 2 hours, 22 minutes, 39 seconds. The 28-year-old triumphed in the race just three months later win the gold medal in the women’s marathon at the Tokyo Olympics.

Albert Korir, also from Kenya, won the top prize in the men’s division and completed the marathon in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 22 seconds. Korir snatched second place in 2019.

Earlier in the day, there were races in the Professional Wheelchair Division where Marcel Hug was played be men’s champion and Madison de Rozario win the top prize in the women’s area.

This year’s race is the 50th New York City Marathon. The first, held in 1970, cost only $ 1 to enter and welcomed 127 registered runners, of whom only 55 crossed the finish line.

Runners cross the Queens section of the New York City Marathon on Sunday.

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Runners cross the Queens section of the New York City Marathon on Sunday.

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Over the course of five decades, the marathon grew to become the world’s largest, organizers say, with 53,640 finishers in 2019.

For this year’s race, the number of runners dropped to more than 30,000, many of them races after being unable to participate last year, and the ghost of the pandemic still hung over the race in the form of increased public health requirements.

Men’s Division winner Albert Korir of Kenya crosses the finish line during the 2021 New York City Marathon.

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Men’s Division winner Albert Korir of Kenya crosses the finish line during the 2021 New York City Marathon.

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Runners should show evidence of at least one round of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative coronavirus test from the previous 48 hours. The organizers increased the number of starting waves to prevent congestion. And fuel and hydration belts were allowed this year, while marathon staff and volunteers were instructed to give finishers their medals and ponchos instead of placing them around the runners’ necks.

Still, fans and spectators walked the streets along the 26.2-mile route through all five of New York City’s neighborhoods to cheer on the races for the first time in two years.

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