(KMSP) - Shalane Flanagan is the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon since 1977. She finished the race in just two hours 26 minutes and 53 seconds.
Flanagan finished second in New York in her first marathon in 2010, but hadn't run this race since.
Minnesotan and 2004 Olympian Carrie Tollefson was part of the broadcast team for ESPN which carried the race live. Tollefson tweeted out a picture of the two of them together right after the finish.
"We actually both shed a couple tears, we've been through a lot together,” said Tollefson. “We made our first Olympic team together been through ups and downs of our professional careers as runners. She said she couldn't believe it, she said she couldn't believe it happened. You can believe something in your mind, but to see it happen, to break the tape, that's a whole different story.”
For the men's competition, Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya pulled ahead for first place, running the race in two hours ten minutes and 53 seconds.