The Adidas athlete ran alone for the last 11 miles when she won the first-place title in a time of 2:24:26 — outpacing fellow Kenyan Sally Kipyego, who came in second place at 2:28:01, and American Molly Huddle, who finished third at 2:28:13.
Keitany is the first woman to win three New York City Marathon titles in a row since Grete Waitz won five consecutive championships from 1982-1986.
It’s the 40th anniversary of the marathon since all five of the Big Apple’s boroughs were included in the race.
Chelsea Clinton took to Twitter to voice support for the marathon — and the race that her mother, Hillary Clinton, hopes to win, too.
“Sad to be missing cheering at the #NYCmarathon this year but excited to be on my way to help #GOTV with @HillaryforPA!” she tweeted on Sunday.
Comedienne and shoe designer Ellen DeGeneres also offered motivational words to the runners. “Good luck to all the people who are running in the #NYCMarathon,” she tweeted. “My Executive Producer @EdGlavin ran last year and had lots of fun.”
Olympian Lolo Jones joked that Daylight Saving Time — when clocks were turned back one hour across the U.S. at 2 a.m. — likely caused some anxiety among the NYC Marathon athletes.
In a video posted on Twitter, she pretended to lose sleep while checking the clock. “An extra hour of sleep had all the runners like… #nycmarathon,” she joked.