NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Marathon’s 10-year-old course record could be in jeopardy after a year of fast times.
Ethiopia’s Gebre Gebremariam won in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 14 seconds last year. That was the sixth-best time in NYC Marathon history, 31 seconds off the course record.
In April, Kenya’s Emmanuel Mutai shattered the course record at the London Marathon with a 2:04:40. A day later, countryman Geoffrey Mutai (no relation) ran the fastest 26.2 miles in history, a 2:03:02 in Boston. It didn’t count as a world record because the course is considered too straight and too downhill.
Both Mutais will be challenging Gebremariam in New York on Sunday.
Ethiopia’s Tesfaye Jifar holds the course record of 2:07:43.