Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya made it look easy Sunday, smashing the previous record for finishing the New York City Marathon with a time of 2:05:06.
The previous best time, set 10 years ago, was a 2:07:43 finish by Ethiopia’s Tesfaye Jifar.
Just last April, Mutai became the fastest human to ever run a marathon, putting up a time of 2:03:02 in Boston. And the fast times are becoming a trend. All five of the world's major marathons – Chicago, New York, Boston, London, and Berlin – had course records set this year.
On the women's side, Buzunesh Deba, a petite runner from the Bronx, nearly stole the show when she finished a mere four seconds behind first-place winner Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia.
Both Deba and Dado were 1 minute and 37 seconds behind then-leader Mary Keitany when they entered the Bronx on the Willis Avenue Bridge at about mile 20. Being in her home borough buoyed Deba, who led Dado on a two-woman race, eventually passing Keitany for good at the 25th mile in Central Park.
Dado held off Deba in the second-closest finish in New York City Marathon history. Deba would have been the first New York City resident to win the race.
The weather Sunday for the 42nd running of the New York City Marathon couldn't have been more perfect, and this year's five-borough race attracted a crowd of 47,438 runners – another marathon record.