Former champs Mary Keitany, Priscah Jeptoo and Edna Kiplagat and HM WR holder Florence Kiplagat take on Dubai champ Aselefech Mergia and 2014 World #1, Tirfi Tsegaye.
Half way into the race, Farah was dropped from the lead pack, but he hung tough and got the super-impressive win in 59:32 over Micah Kogo. Rose Chelimo won the women's race in 1:08:22.
Farah has said he's only going for the win, but the race is offering $100,000 for a world record and Zersenay Tadese set the current WR of 58:23 on this course in 2010. Kenya's Stephen Kibet (58:54 PR) and Ethiopia's Guye Adola (59:06 PR, bronze at '14 World Half Champs) could be tempted to push the pace with that sort of prize money.
2013 champ Priscah Jeptoo and world half marathon record holder Florence Kiplagat join Edna Kiplagat and Keitany to form what race organizers have dubbed "the Fantastic Four." NYC runner-up Jemima Sumgong and Berlin runner-up Feyse Tadesse should also contend as part of a field that includes six women who have broken 2:21. This will also be the final marathon for British legend Paula Radcliffe.
We discuss the return of Priscah Jeptoo, wonder how fast the women could go and say goodbye to Paula Radcliffe.
Molly Huddle got another big win to bring her prize money total to $128,000 in 2014, collegian Brian Shrader (born at 7,000 feet of altitude) turned heads by beating the pros at the .US 12k Champs, Priscah Jeptoo showed she's on her way back, and Duke did not show anything.
Jeptoo is healthy now, but lost too much training time. They will be replaced by 2013 Boston champ Lelisa Desisa and Chicago Marathon runner-up Jemima Sumgong.
Defending champ Priscah Jeptoo faces runner up Buzunesh Deba as well as Edna Kiplagat and Mary Keitany in her return to the marathon.
Mutai will be going for NYC title #3 - no one has won 3 since Alberto Salazar in 1982.