NEW YORK (AP) — Ben True became the first American men’s open division winner at the 2018 United Airlines New York City Half marathon.
The 32-year-old True crossed the finish line Sunday in 1:02:39, his first attempt at the distance. He just beat out fellow countryman and second-place finisher Dathan Ritzenhein.
The women’s race was captured by 24-year-old Ethiopian Buze Diriba. She finished with a time of 1:12:23, only a one-tenth of a second edge over second place finisher American Emily Sisson.
More than 20,000 runners competed in the 13.1-mile race from Brooklyn to Manhattan. The new route featured iconic landmarks, including Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, Chinatown and the Manhattan Bridge.
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It’s the first 2018 race in the New York Road Runner’s five-borough series.