Highlights from the 2023 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon
NEW YORK (WABC) -- Participants in the 2023 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon have crossed the finish line after trekking 13.1 miles from Brooklyn to Manhattan.
Jacob Kiplimo, 22, won the half marathon, cruising through the finish line at 1:01:31. He became the youngest Olympian ever to compete for Uganda when he raced at 15-years-old in Rio.
"From the start to the finish, even though it was a little cold, I did my best," Kiplimo said. "I think my preparation the last two months helped a lot for this because I was doing two trainings a day preparing for the World Cross Country Championships, plus this half marathon."
Hellen Obiri crossed the finish line far ahead of her competitors at 1:07:21, a new event record.
"It's my first half marathon in the U.S. It was very windy, so I tried to push myself, but after 15K I thought maybe I can make a move and I tried to go, and push the pace. I'm happy to have won this race today," Obiri said.
Jetze Plat and Susannah Scaroni won the wheelchair races for men and women, respectively.
Plat, a Dutch para-cyclist, finished in 48 minutes and 28 seconds.
Scaroni, who has won the last three consecutive New York Road Runners races, finished this half marathon in just under 56 minutes.
About 25,000 participants set off on the race that started at Prospect Park. The route took runners into Central Park for the finish.
This year's race featured athletes from 15 countries, 17 Olympians, 12 Paralympians, and seven past champions!
If that statistic isn't impressive, members of the FDNY and NYPD ran, as well. They competed against one another, but the NYPD came out on top to win the inaugural Commissioner's Cup.
The NYC Half marathon is one of only two events that causes Times Square to be shut down during the year. The event also saw more than 1,000 kids running about a mile through Times Square for the Times Square Kids Run at the United Airlines NYC Half, which organizers and participants say they hope inspires them to take up the sport.