Kenyans Chebet and Lokedi ran to New York Marathon 2022 victory as winners on Sunday.
Evans Chebet, 33, is the men’s race champion, finishing with a time of two hours, eight minutes and forty one seconds. Sharon Lokedi, 28, is the champion in the women’s race finishing with a time of two hours, twenty three minutes and twenty three seconds.
Men’s Race Winner
Chebet gained the lead in the men’s race after Brazilian runner Daniel Do Nascimento collapsed to the ground with five miles remaining.
Do Nascimento held the lead for the most of the race, but after an 18-second pause to use the Porta potty, he started to lose ground.
Chebet is also the 2022 Boston Marathon winner.
With his victory, Chebet became the first person to win both the New York City and Boston Marathons in the same year since 2011.
Chebet’s translator vocalized that the Boston race was much harder and that it helped Chebet prepare for the victory in the New York Marathon 2022. “He’s very thankful,” the translator said.
Women’s Race Winner
Meanwhile, this is the first time that Lokedi ran in the 26.2-mile marathon and she won.
Only seven athletes, male or female, have ever won the New York Marathon 2022 on their first attempt. After Sunday’s victory, Lokedi became the eighth athlete.
She expressed that she did not expect to win. “I just wanted to go and put myself in it and race and just see where I’ll end up.” Lokedi said.
She was also the 2018 NCAA 10,000m champion for Kansas.
Men’s Wheelchair Race Winner
At the same time, Switzerland’s Marcel Hug defended his title in the men’s wheelchair division. He finished with a time of one hour, twenty five minutes, and twenty six seconds. He also topped both his 2021 time and the course record.
Hug will get $50,000 in addition to the $25,000 first-place prize for breaking the race record by four minutes. This is his fifth victory in New York and his 17th victory in a World Marathon Major event.
Women’s Wheelchair Race Winner
In the women’s professional wheelchair division, Susanah Scaroni won for the first time. She finished with a time of one hour, forty two minutes and forty three seconds. She finished third in the event in 2019, but did not compete in 2021.
There are a lot of marathon finishers coming from all over the world. They have their own different motivations and stories for participating in this year’s race. Hear what they have told NY Art Life:
Mario, an 80-year-old Italian man living in New York, says he ran to show people he still can do things given his age. “With my old age, I am proud to tell everyone that I can still do things. I can still run! I don’t want to leave this world someday knowing that I didn’t do things because I was scared of sickness and judgment, so I ran. I’m thankful.”
Adrienne, a 25-year-old girl from France, surprised her sports-obsessed grandfather when she ran in the marathon. “I told my grand-père that I don’t have time for the event so I’m not participating. When I finished the race, I FaceTimed him. He was so happy, it made him cry. He’s my favorite person in the world.”
Stefan and Adler, Germans who just had their marriage in New York the day before the marathon, told NY Art Life how liberating it is to run with your significant other. “While running, I told Stefan that I couldn’t believe we were doing it. Running felt like embracing freedom. I love that we did this together. It’s one of our first events together after being married,” Adler said. “That’s so cheesy, but yeah. I love running, and I love Stefan with my whole heart,” Stefan remarked. The couple’s friends were on Fifth Avenue, cheering for them.
British mother-daughter tandem Elizabeth and Millie also participated in this year’s event. Millie, 23, told us how she appreciated living in New York more after finishing the marathon. “I often listen to a podcast when I commute to and from work but after today, I am so glad that we live in New York. I appreciated the city more after running through it. It’s my second home.”
Livia and Elena, two Italian sisters from Ostia, also finished the race. Living in Ostia, where a lot of exciting marathons take place, the two always participate in marathons together. Having a passion for sports, this is their second time running the NY Marathon. Elena, 51, runs in a lot of international marathons. They told NY Art Life that they ran in honor of their father, who ran the marathon in 1990.
These finishers may not have won first place in the marathon, but they participated in a good cause. Most of all, participation is important. Participating in the marathon means you want to improve yourself and your world. Winning may not be their priority, but participation in a good cause says a lot about a person. Everyone has their own motivation to run, and these runners are winners for us.
At New York Art Life, we support marathon runners, who are heroes of our century. Heroes that inspire us to keep going. New York Art Life salutes everyone who took part in the New York Marathon 2022. We support and love marathon runners!
Do you have a story to tell us about participating in a marathon? Let us know in the comments! Also, you can read all about the New York Marathon 2022 here.