2021 New York City Marathon


Sydney Cole

Wednesday, November 3, one of the biggest marathons took place in the streets of New York. Runners from all over the world travel to New York to compete in the famous, New York City Marathon.

This year’s overall and male winner was Albert Korir, a 27-year-old Kenyan runner. Since 2016, he’s placed in 10 marathons in multiple different continents. He grabbed first at the Vienna City Marathon, Houston Marathon, Ottawa Race Weekend, and now the New York City Marathon. He was runner-up at the Barcelona Marathon, Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon, Cape Town Marathon, and at the 2019 New York City Marathon. He placed third at only two marathons, the Toronto Waterfront Marathon and the Ljubljana Marathon.

With a 4:54 mile pace and a total time of 2 hours, 8 minutes, 22 seconds, Korir beat runner-up, Mohamed El Aaraby, by almost a minute.

The fastest female runner this year was Peres Jepchirchir, another Kenyan runner, who placed 22nd overall. She’s fairly new to marathon racing, her first major marathon being the New York City Marathon. She’s run a handful of half-marathons and team races, placing first in all.

The oldest finisher this year was an 83-year-old American man, Stephen Wertheimer, who finished the race in 8 hours, 40 minutes, 39 seconds. It might not be a particularly fast time, but it does show that anyone who’s willing to put in the effort, can do whatever they want to.