Three time defending New York City Marathon Champion Mary Keitany will be defending her title at the 5th edition of the New York Marathon that will be held on 5th November 2017.
Keitany’s husband Charles Koech who also doubles up as a coach is very optimistic about the coming race with hope that good time might come out of it but their focus isn’t to break the world record.
“Keitany is in good shape and we are optimistic that she will run well the way she did in London. We are almost through with the hard training before we focus on fine tuning,” said Koech.
Keitany, 35, has won the New York Marathon each of the last three years, including a dominating performance last year as she dropped off her rivals midway to finish the course on a solo run in 2:24:26.
Her 3:34 margin of victory was the greatest in the women’s race since 1980, and she became the first able-bodied runner since Grete Waitz to win the event three years in a row.
“I like running fast and now I feel am at my optimum best,” she said Wednesday in Iten. “But when you prepare for such competition, you have always to be aware that anything can happen and hurdles and challenges is what make marathon running fun.”
Keitany is a two-time winner of the World Marathon Majors, taking the series titles in 2012 and 2016. This year, she won her third London Marathon in April, breaking the women’s only marathon record in a blistering time of 2:17:01.
The Baringo County born athlete is a two-time winner of the World Marathon Majors (WMM) — a seven big city marathon circuit where athletes gain points in Berlin, Chicago, New York, Tokyo, Boston and London — to claim the $1 million jackpot.
Keitany will also face her country-mate Edna Kiplagat , who won the 2017 Boston Marathon and was placed second at the World Championships marathon in London and has a personal best of 2:19:50 that she got at the 2012 London Marathon.
Ethiopian Mare Dibaba comes a personal best of 2:19:52 that she got at the 2012 Dubai Marathon.
Dibaba won bronze at the 2016 Olympic marathon and finished eighth in August at the World Championships marathon.
Betsy Saina of Kenya who finished fifth at the Great North Run in London will be debuting and looking for honors.
Four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan from United States will also be on the starting line after suffering injury that almost ruined her running career