2022 New York City Marathon Women’s Results
Kenya’s Sharon Lokedi, making her marathon debut in New York, ran like a veteran. She showed patience and courage, and it paid off with a narrow victory over two of the pre-race favourites.
Lokedi, 28, was one of nine women in the lead pack on First Avenue. But when Gotytom Gebreslase of Ethiopia, the reigning world champion, made a strong move about 16½ miles out, Lokedi didn’t bite.
Two others did, but Lokedi and Lonah Chemtai Salpeter, born in Kenya and now an Israeli citizen, backed off slightly. At mile 18 they were 11 seconds off the lead.
That moment of restraint paid off later.
At mile 20, Lokedi and Salpeter were only four seconds behind the leaders, and a mile later they were all together again. When they entered Central Park, the peloton was down to three: Gebreslase, Lokedi and Salpeter.
Anyone could be forgiven for thinking the more experienced riders would win. After all, Salpeter ran 2:17:45 to win the Tokyo Marathon in 2020, and Gebreslase ran 2:18:11 this summer to win the world championships in Eugene, Oregon.
But Lokedi had one last upset in her, pulling away from Salpeter in the final kilometer and winning in 2:23:23, securing the upset. Salpeter was second in 2:23:30 and Gebreslase was third in 2:23:39.
“I wanted to be in the race,” Lokedi said. “I know I was strong. I had really good training. I wanted to get in there and race and see where I would end up. Halfway through, I felt really good. I had a very good help from Salpeter. I didn’t expect to win. I’m really excited for today.
Race day was hot, with temperatures reaching 72 at the finish line, making it the hottest race since 1985, when the race was held in October. The humidity was also high – 79%. But overcast skies and a breeze kept conditions manageable for the top athletes.
The race went conservatively – the leaders split 1:12:17 for the half marathon. Lokedi ran the second half in 1:11:06.
Here’s a full breakdown of the 2022 New York women’s race.
The winner: Sharon Lokedi
Lokedi is well known in American distance running. She won an NCAA title in the 10,000 meters in 2018 for the University of Kansas and she trains in Flagstaff, Arizona with Dark Sky Distance, an Under Armor sponsored group. She is engaged to Kenyan runner Edward Cheserek, who won 17 NCAA titles at the University of Oregon.
This summer, Lokedi returned to Kenya to train for her first marathon. It was slightly warmer than Flagstaff, and she trained a lot at altitude. Her trainer, Stephen Haas, said she spent 12 weeks in Kenya and he visited her three weeks ago. He saw her nail her long runs and knew she was in great shape.
For that buildup, Haas said, Lokedi has clocked between 100 and 120 miles a week.
This morning before the race, Haas told him to get into the race and trust his instincts. “That’s exactly what it was,” he said. “She felt like that [move at 16 miles] Maybe it was a little early and a little too hard, and they were able to come back. Great for her to have that race smarts.
When Haas went to Kenya, he got an idea of what Lokedi’s race has done for his family. She built a house for her mother, helped her family buy cattle, and contributed to an all-girls high school.
“Honestly, it brought me to tears at the end to see her do it,” he said, calling it “life changing.” For her victory today, Lokedi earns $100,000, in addition to the appearance fee she received for the race.
Haas is also his agent, and it’s a bit unusual in professional racing to have one person both coach and agent. Typically, agents earn 15% of athlete prize money, appearance fees, and sponsorship payments.
Where the race was won
Lokedi held herself in position to win the race first because she doesn’t do. She didn’t go with the break at 16 miles. And then over the last few miles, no one else was stronger.
Lokedi’s fastest 5k split of the day, at 4:35 p.m., covered between 30 and 35 kilometres. And from 40K to finish, about 1.3 miles, Lokedi ran 7:16. The only people who traveled this stretch of road faster were the first two men, Evans Chebet from Kenya and Shura Kitata from Ethiopia.
How the Americans did
Aliphine Tuliamuk was the top American in seventh place in 2:26:18, a personal best.
The 33-year-old was delighted to be in the top 10, after an injury in September slowed her training. She had edema on one of her ankle bones and had to miss two and a half weeks of racing.
“It’s been a while since I completed a marathon, the last time I completed a marathon was in 2020,” she said. “And so I was a little scared that I couldn’t lead New York today. I’m really grateful that I was able to reach the line in good health.
His training didn’t really kick in until five weeks from race day, said his trainer, Ben Rosario.
She then had an 11-day period where she had three big sessions with a total of 34 miles working out at marathon or faster effort.
“I knew she was ready to run really well,” he said. “It was the fastest race she’s ever run, so that’s fantastic.”
She lowered her PR by 32 seconds, to 2:26:18. She takes home $32,500 for her performance today, $25,000 for being the top American and $7,500 for finishing seventh.
- Sharon Lokedi, Kenya, 2:23:23
2. Lonah Chemtai Salpeter, Israel, 2:23:30
3. Gotytom Gebreslase, Ethiopia, 2:23:39
4. Edna Kiplagat, Kenya, 2:24:16
5. Viola Cheptoo, Kenya, 2:25:34
6. Hellen Obiri, Kenya, 2:25:49
7. Aliphine Tuliamuk, USA, 2:26:18
8. Emma Bates, USA, 2:26:53
9. Jessica Stenson, Australia, 2:27:27
10. Nell Rojas, USA, 2:28:32
The prize money
- 1st place: $100,000
- 2nd prize: $60,000
- 3rd Prize: $40,000
- 4th prize: $25,000
- 5th prize: $15,000
- 6th Prize: $10,000
- 7th place: $7,500
- 8th place: $5,000
- 9th place: $2,500
- 10th place: $2,000
- 1st place: Aliphine Tuliamuk, $25,000
- 2nd place: Emma Bates, $15,000
- 3rd place: Nell Rojas, $10,000
- 4th place: Lindsay Flanagan, $5,000
- 5th place: Stephanie Bruce, $3,000
Sarah Lorge Butler is a writer and editor who lives in Eugene, Oregon, and her stories about the sport, its trends, and fascinating individuals have appeared in The runner’s world since 2005. She is the author of two popular fitness books, Run your butt! and Walk your butt!
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