Kenya’s Mary Keitany Wins Fifth Consecutive NYRR Race

Keitany_Winning_Mini_2017_Jane_MontiMary Keitany of Kenya wins her second NYRR New York Mini 10K breaking the tape in 31:20. Photo: Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly

This weekend, Kenya’s Mary Keitany—the three-time defending TCS New York City Marathon champion—took her second win at the NYRR New York Mini 10K in Central Park. She finished in 31:20, more than 48 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. The first-place prize was $10,000 as part of the $35,150 prize purse.

This marked Keitany’s fifth consecutive win of a NYRR race and will return on Nov. 5 to go for her fourth consecutive TCS New York City Marathon title.

Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska finished second in 32:09–her third time making the podium in the event–and Aliphine Tuliamuk of the U.S. rounded out the top three with her second consecutive podium finish in the event, clocking in at 32:14.

In total, 8,419 runners crossed the finish line at this year’s NYRR New York Mini 10K, the world’s first women’s-only road race which has brought together generations of women since 1972.

Mini_Start_2017_David_MontiApproximately 9,000 women lined up for the start of the 2017 NYRR New York Mini 10K on Saturday. Photo: David Monti for Race Results Weekly

The NYRR New York Mini 10K got its name when race founder Fred Lebow convinced the sponsor to support a six-mile “mini” marathon—named for the miniskirt—rather than a full marathon. It was the world’s first road race exclusively for women, with the inaugural race having 78 entrants. The race’s first-ever winner, Jacki Marsh-Dixon, held the finish-line tape at the race’s 46th running on Saturday.

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