Whoa! 2 of the top 3 NYC runners had never finished a marathon

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Yesterday was an epic day in New York City—no, it wasn’t another Well+Good Fitness Biathlon. It was the 46th annual NYC Marathon.

While many people spent their Sunday indulging on stacks of deliciously fluffy vegan pancakes or sleeping super late in a dreamy, Instagram-approved bedroom, 50,000 champions decided to spend it running 26.2 miles across all five boroughs.

And while every person who ran the race is truly an inspiration and #fitspo for everyone, there are three standouts who sprinted their ways to the finish line and took first, second, and third place. Whether you’re a veteran marathoner or gearing up for your first race, these three women today are walking (limping?) examples of #marathongoals.

Scroll down to see the three women who ranked in the top spots at the New York City Marathon.

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First place: Mary Keitany

Kenya’s Mary Keitany crushed the time markers in Sunday’s race, coming in at the finish line a whopping four minutes before the second-place runner—that’s practically hours in the marathoning world—clocking in at 2:24:26. Not only is this the fourth NYC Marathon she’s run—and placed in, BTW—this is her third consecutive win. 

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Second place: Sally Kipyego

An Olympic silver medalist and professional Nike athlete, Kenya native and Oregon resident Sally Kipyego was second to cross the finish line, coming in at a strong 2:28:01. After she dropped out of her first marathon last year after completing 23 miles, Kipyego came back with a vengeance and certainly proved herself as a serious competitor. 

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Third place: Molly Huddle

Only 12 seconds later, Molly Huddle raced across the finish line with a final time of 2:28:13. The only American to place, this was Huddle’s first marathon ever—before Sunday, the longest race she had completed was a half-marathon. Rockstar! Talk about some serious race-time inspo. 

Feeling inspired to sign up for you next race? Make sure you’re ready for race day—no matter how long you’re running—with these expert tips. Or up your skills with these seven surprising ways to become a better runner.

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