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VIDEO HIGHLIGHT- Firehiwot Dado wins 2011 NYC Marathon

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT- Firehiwot Dado wins 2011 NYC Marathon
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06:  Firehiwot Dado of...

Dado & Deba Celebrate 1-2 finish. Image by Getty Images via @daylife

Firehiwot Dado (ETH)

Running in her first-ever New York City Marathon, Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia came from behind to defeat Mary Keitany, crossing the finish line in 2:23:15.  Dado, a three-time Rome Marathon champion (2009-11), set her previous personal best of 2:24:13 in Rome this year.  Hometown favorite Buzunesh Deba, who is from Ethiopia but lives and trains in New York, came in second.

2011, New York, USA, New York Marathon, after Mary Keitany (KEN) owned the day, she faded at the end to take 3rd as Deba (ETH) took 2nd and Dado (ETH) won at 2:23:15, by 4 seconds. (Watch the full event at UniversalSports.com).

Buzunesh Deba (Ethiopia)

  • Finished 2nd in 2011 NYC Marathon

• Resident of the Bronx; fastest-ever female New York marathoner
• Set a PR of 2:23:31 in San Diego this year
• 10th at ING New York City Marathon in 2010; 7th in 2009
• Two-time NYRR Fred Lebow Runner of the Year (2009-10)

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Marjorie Kagan, 81

Marjorie Kagan (photo credit: www.ingnycmarathon.org)

Every first-time marathoner lining up on Staten Island will have a different reason for taking on the 26.2-mile challenge: some are lacing up in support of a good cause, and others want to show the world that they’re up to the task. Both of those describe Marjorie Kagan—and at age 81, she may be the oldest newbie in the pack.

Kagan lost her husband of 33 years in 2007—so she got a dog to cope with her loneliness. Kagan and her puggle, Tzvi (the name means “deer” in Hebrew), began taking long walks, eventually finding their way to the dog run in Central Park. There, she befriended Yumi Ogita, a 2:50 marathoner with eight New York finishes under her belt.

“I needed a challenge,” Kagan explains, “and Yumi convinced me not just to take up running, but to run a marathon!” She joined NYRR’s Team for Kids, which raises funds to provide free and low-cost phys-ed programs to kids in underserved public schools. A retired teacher, Kagan is committed to TFK’s mission, and she’s grateful for the structure and support they provide.

In the five shorter races she’s run, Kagan has taken the top age-group prize in all but one. She attributes her success to hard work, and a little luck. “I wouldn’t miss a workout, and I always wear my lucky socks,” says Kagan. “I won my very first race in them, and I’ll definitely be wearing them on November 6!”

story & photo courtesy of ingnycmarathon.org

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Tegla Loroupe:  “Running to Open Doors and Change Lives”

In 1994, Tegla Loroupe ran so effortlessly over the 26.2 miles of the New York City Marathon course that her feet seemed barely to touch the pavement. When she crossed the finish in Central Park in 2:27:37, more than two minutes in front of the next woman, the 21-year-old Kenyan became the first-ever African woman to win a major marathon. Loroupe

Tegla Loroupe 2007 in Schortens

(Image via Wikipedia)

defended her title in 1995, and she has remained one of the most beloved of New York City Marathon champions, returning many times to delight her adoring fans, who cheer for her simply as “Tegla.” She placed eighth (2:41:48) as recently as 2007.

Now 38 and retired from competitive racing, Loroupe will run the ING New York City Marathon again in 2011, this time to raise funds for the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation, an organization that promotes peaceful coexistence and socioeconomic development among poor and marginalized men, women, and children in East Africa. Among many other projects, the foundation has built four schools for orphans in Kenya.

“I went through a lot of hardship growing up in Kenya, and running was my way out,” Loroupe says. “At first, I competed just to beat my brothers and prove that girls can run, but soon I realized that running could open doors.”

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