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New York City Marathon favourite Peres Kepchirchir of Kenya — the Tokyo Olympic champion — is out with an injury and withdrew from the New York City Marathon.

Keira D’Amato, former American record holder, however, is in, even though she just ran the Berlin Marathon on September 25. It’s a relatively quick turnaround at just six weeks, but she feels ready to take on the streets of Gotham.

The 37-year-old D’Amato, a mother of two, broke Deena Kastor’s 16-year-old American record on Jan. 16 in Houston by clocking 2:19:12. Last Sunday, Emily Sisson improved that time in Chicago with her stunning 2:18:29 performance.

D’Amato of course would like to attempt to get that record back, but New York is not about records, but racing performance, with its many hills, turns, and lack of pacers.

Also in the race is 2018 Boston Marathon winner Des Linden. In 2021, she broke the world 50K ultramarathon record in Oregon with her 2:59:54 finish time.

World champions Gotytom Gebreslase of Ethiopia and Edna Kiplagat of Kenya are in.

Defending champion Albert Korir of Kenya and two-time Olympic medallist Galen Rupp, along with Boston Marathon champion Evans Chebet will race. Olympic silver medallist Abdi Nageeye of the Netherlands and 2020 London Marathon champion Ethiopian Shura Kitata are toeing the line.


New York is New York and the race carries a mystique about it. However, before New York is mini-New York, or Toronto with the Toronto Waterfront Marathon Sunday, Oct. 16. Toronto, the city, is Canada’s answer to New York — not the race. The Toronto Marathon offers a fast event, where time is of the essence.

See the men’s race preview here: https://athleticsillustrated.com/tcs-toronto-waterfront-marathon-mens-race-preview/

See the women’s preview here: https://athleticsillustrated.com/toronto-marathon-womens-preview-and-elite-list-by-paul-gains/

How to watch the Toronto Waterfront Marathon: https://athleticsillustrated.com/how-to-watch-the-tcs-toronto-waterfront-marathon-live/