Congratulations are in order! Kenyan athletes Peres Jepchirchir and Albert Korir won over the weekend at the 2021 New York City Marathon. The two finished the race in first place just yesterday, November 7th.
CNN has reported that Peres secured her win in the women’s competition, while Albert won the men’s.
The marathon is a 26.2-mile run through New York City’s Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan. Runners begin on Staten Island and end at Central Park.
The event attacted about 30,000 this year, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the marathon. Last year’s marathon was cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic.
This year marked Peres’ first time competing in the marathon. She now holds two major wins. In addition, she is tthe first runner to have an Olympic gold medal and win the New York City Marathon. She secured her win with a time of 2 hours, 22 minutes, and 39 seconds.
Albert’s win took him 2 hours, 8 minutes, and 22 seconds. In 2019, Albert came in second place.
Congratulations to Albert Korir and Peres Jepchirchir.