Two course records broken at New York City Marathon

November 6, 2023

The people of New York are amazing to give me moral support every kilometer. … I’m happy.

New York City Marathon winner in the men’s division, Tamirat Tola, who broke the course.

What to Know: First place winner, Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia, finished the race in 2 hours, 4 minutes and 58 seconds, breaking the record for the fastest NYC Marathon time by eight seconds. Hellen Obiri of Kenya took the first place women’s title. Tola’s record breaks a 12-year streak set by Geoffrey Mutai in 2011.

Catherine Debrunner of Switzerland also broke the course record in the women’s wheelchair division with a time of 1 hour, 39 minutes and 32 seconds. Marcel Hug of Switzerland took first place in the men’s wheelchair division.

After breaking course records at the Chicago and Berlin Marathons, and setting the world record at the Berlin Marathon, Debrunner states, “I must say it’s difficult at the moment to find good words for the race because it has been a fairytale year with all the records and marathon victories. It was just amazing. I really don’t have the words for it.”

Big Picture: The NYC Marathon – typically the largest in the world – featured around 50,000 participants this year. 

Read More:

Tamirat Tola sets NYC Marathon record; Hellen Obiri wins women’s race (ESPN)

Tamirat Tola, Hellen Obiri, Marcel Hug, and Catherine Debrunner Win 2023 TCS New York City Marathon Titles (New York Road Runners)

Marcel Hug and Catherine Debrunner Win Marathon’s Wheelchair Races (The New York Times)

by Sarah Pinkerton,