November 6, 2017
NEW YORK — Shalane Flanagan and Geoffrey Kamworor were busy doing the champions’ media rounds on the day after their TCS New York City Marathon wins.
Flanagan was the first American woman to win the race in 40 years and the first to win the professional era, so she rightfully got most of the media’s attention.
When speaking with LRC just feet away from the finish line, neither Kamworor nor Flanagan said anything groundbreaking, but both have big decisions coming up. For Flanagan, does she retire from the sport on top, or does she try to win her hometown Boston Marathon?
For Kamworor, does he run the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia (March 2018) or does he go for a win in the London or Boston Marathons (April 2018)?
The non-running news we found most interesting was that Flanagan turned down a chance to be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and instead will fly home to Portland, Oregon, today.
Flanagan also talked about how during the race she never looked back at the runners behind her. She said she had no idea how far runner-up Mary Keitany was behind her until she got to the finish. Flanagan said, “I was waiting for someone on the course to say you have [a] 50 meters [lead but they never did]. I was running scared, but every now and then I was like, You have to control yourself and save another gear if someone comes up.” It’s amazing to think Flanagan may have had another gear because she scorched the final four miles.
Shalane Flanagan interview (we’ve got it set to start 3:36 in. Rewind if you want full video)
Geoffrey Kamworor interview
Kamworor on Drugs in Kenya