Boilermaker Record Holders Victorious at New York City Marathon
If you saw coverage of the New York City Marathon a pair of Sunday's winner's may sound and look familiar. Both are past Boilermaker winners and each holds a current record.
Lelisa Desisa, 28, won a very tight race in the men's open on Sunday edging out the second place finisher by just two seconds (02:05:59, 02:06:01). Desisa, of Ethiopia, was just 20 when he took the 2010 Boilermaker 15-k, and in record time. Desisa set the Boilermaker's current course record of 42-minutes 46-seconds.
Desisa has finished in the top in four of the last five years (Silver 2014, Bronze 2015, Bronze 2017).
The all-time Boilermaker race record is held by Kenyan Joseph Kimani of 42-minutes 40-seconds.
In the Wheelchair Division, three time Boilermaker winner (2016, 2017, 2018) and course record holder Daniel Romanchuk also won a nail baiting finish as first, second and third all finished within two seconds of each other. Romanchuk, a 20-year-old from Illinois, crossed the finish line just one second ahead of defending NYC wheelchair winner Marcel Hug.
On the women's side, Mary Keitany won New York City after finishing second in 2017.