By: Brian Elder
Located in the greatest city in the world, the New York City Marathon is a day where all five boroughs come together to support the runners in the city. The 2014 NYC Marathon was marked by one of the windiest races in recent history. With gusts up to 40 miles per hour and the turns through the streets of the five New York City boroughs, the winds swirled all day long. None of this was beneficial for the times of elite and non-elite runners alike. The start of the wheelchair race was forced to be moved to Brooklyn and shortened to 23.6 miles, disqualifying any finish from being considered for records.
The winner, Wilson Kipsang of Kenya, finished in a time of 2:10:55 with other notables such as Meb Keflezighi, the first American finisher and winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon, finishing in fourth place. Kipsang held off in the last mile of the race and used a surge to out-kick Lelisa Desisa to the finish. In the women's race, Kenya's Mary Keitany won with a time of 2:25:07. Most of the competition and speed was hindered by the weather conditions as none of the major threats to win made moves to the front of the pack until the later half of the race. Kipsang made the first move around the 20 mile mark and did not look back until the last mile when Desisa made it close.
One of the more emotional moments of the day came from American female runner Kara Goucher. After moving to Boulder, Colorado and training hard she arrived hoping to once again be seen as a competitor. Trying to recover from injury, Goucher could have easily dropped out mid race when she was visibly hurting, but she stayed strong to the finish and had an emotional post race interview showing her guts and determination. As she held her son, there was no doubt that this race was both difficult, but rewarding for Goucher.
The New York City Marathon is also one that has its fair share of stars participate in the marathon sport and this was another stacked year. Caroline Wozniacki, top ranked female tennis player, finished in a time of 3:26:33. Former NFL running back of the New York Giants, Tiki Barber, finished in a time of 5:14:37 and Connie Lyke-Brown completed her 36th New York City Marathon.
Despite the weather conditions, Sunday brought forth another great day of accomplishments for runners at the New York City marathon as 50,000 runners made their way through New York City's boroughs and neighborhoods from Staten Island to the finish in upper Manhattan besides Central Park.
Brian Elder is a learner, amateur explorer, and nomadic runner that is going to run until it takes him somewhere. He is a senior at the University of Georgia studying English and Religion. After running competitively on trails and roads, he fuels with an appetite so big you would swear it’s competitive. Follow Brian on Instagram.