NYC Marathon Results: Recovering Drug Addicts Begin Healing through Running

By Jeff King

On Sunday, November 4, 28-year old Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won the New York City men’s marathon, finishing in 2 hours 5 minutes and 59 seconds – the second fastest time recorded on the course ever. And Kenyan Mary Keitany, 36, won the women’s race in 2 hours and 22 minutes and 48 seconds – the second fastest time for a woman recorded on the course.  

But the American women have a lot to be proud of too: Four finished in the top seven. They are last year’s New York City Marathon winner, Shalene Flanagan who took third; Molly Huddle who finished fourth; Desiree Linden, took sixth; and Allie Kieffer, seventh. 

45 other runners planned to run the New York Marathon Sunday as well. They likely didn’t didn’t set any records – except maybe their own PR. The 45 – all recovering opioid addicts – run as part of their recovery. Their stories, told in The New York Times Sunday, are truly inspiring. Read more here.