This morning, Priscah Jeptoo and Geoffrey Mutai won the women's and men's titles in the New York City Marathon, which saw more than 50,000 starters participate. Twenty-nine-year-old Jeptoo, who was born in Kenya and a favorite for the win, overtook 26-year-old Bizunesh Deba, an Ethiopian Bronx resident, despite trailing her for most of the 26.2-mile race. Jeptoo was more than three minutes behind Deba halfway through. She sped through in the end, however, around the 24th mile. Jeptoo clocked in at 2:25:07, while Deba came in at 2:25:46. Mutai, who is also Kenyan, defended his title from 2011 with a time of 2:08:24.
Jeptoo, who's also a London Marathon champion, secured a $500,000 bonus for the World Marathon Majors title, according to the Associated Press. This is also Deba's second straight number-two title in the New York City Marathon. She placed second in 2011, losing out to Firehiwot Dado; the race was canceled last year due to Superstorm Sandy. (The New York Times)