Shalane Flanagan is the First U.S. Woman to Win the NYC Marathon Since 1977

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History was made this past Sunday when Shalane Flanagan won the New York Marathon. Flanagan became the first woman since Mary Keitany in 1977 to win the race.

A lifetime of work for this moment. It was worth it. Be relentless ❤️

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“It’s indescribable,” the 36-year-old said after crossing the finish line. “It’s a moment I’m trying to soak up and savor.”

She finished in 2 hours, 26 minutes and 53 seconds. 26 miles in 2 and a half hours, a minute faster than any other runner.

Flanagan had finished second in the marathon in 2010, but hadn’t ran since. She has fought through a fracture in her lower back that kept her from running in the Boston Marathon and placing her sixth at the Rio Games.
Before the race Flanagan had complimented Keitany, calling her the “alpha racer” and saying that she was ready to suffer through the pain while trying to keep up with her record pace. Before accepting her medal, Flanagan began to cry and hugged Keitany tight.

Flanagan had mentioned if she won the NYC Marathon that she may retire, but has not confirmed this yet.

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