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Geoffrey Mutai Competes for 3rd New York City Marathon Win
Reigning champion Geoffrey Mutai hits the streets of New York on Sunday, 2 November to defend his title and also try for a third win. Doing so would make Mutai just the third man with three wins at the New York City Marathon. These would also be consecutive wins, despite a one year gap. Tropical storm Sandy's devastation of New York in 2012 caused the marathon to be canceled, so that year will be forever blank in the record books. Mutai holds the course record of 2:05:06. With consecutive wins and the course record he enters the race as one of the favorites.
Mutai in Central Park 2013
Mutai's most formidable competition is expected to come from Kenyan countryman Wilson Kipsang and Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa. Mutai dominated the 2011-2012 seasons, but took a backseat to these two during 2013. New York City, one of the World Marathon Majors, will be a large factor in determining end of year rankings. Mutai's course record is a likely target considering the fast field assembled for the race. The race is known for not using pacers, though, so it will be up to the competitors to choose from the start whether to compete for a course record or just battle for the win. Prize money incentives include placement and time bonuses. Mutai has the potential for a big pay day if he can put himself atop the competition on the podium.
Placement Prize Purse
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