HR Pod: Amy McKinnon on Managing Type 1 Diabetes, Her Plant-Based Lifestyle, NYC Marathon Prep

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Amy McKinnon will run her seventh marathon on Nov. 4 in New York City.


Amy McKinnon joins James Rogers in conversation. Amy was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 12 years old. She will race the New York City Marathon on Nov. 4, which will make it seven marathons to her name. She will use Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre system—a revolutionary new glucose-sensing technology. Amy was born in Australia and moved to New York in 2013, the year in which she transitioned to a plant-based lifestyle. She now resides in Los Angeles. The conversation also covers her love for coaching.

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2014 TCS New York City Marathon Results

Wilson Kipsang leads the men's race around mile 25 on Sunday.
Wilson Kipsang leads the men’s race around mile 25 on Sunday.

Photos by Bethany Rogers

Those racing the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon faced difficult wind gusts, and over 50,000 took on the blustery conditions.

The wind quieted talks of course-record attempts, but Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang (2:10:59) and Mary Keitany (2:25:07) represented their country well with first-place finishes.


Men: Kipsang Has $600,000 Payday

Kipsang won in 2:10:59 in his NYC Marathon debut. He fought off Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa (2:11:06) for the $100,000 victory prize, also claiming the World Marathon Majors title. The 32-year-old Kipsang takes home an additional $500,000 for the WMM triumph.

Kipsang, who is sponsored by adidas, was celebrated by adidas Running:

Kipsang has a 2:03:23 marathon PR to his name, a then-world record run in Berlin in 2013. He won the London Marathon in 2012 and 2014, and he ran 1:01:02 to win the 2013 NYC Half Marathon. Kipsang is a menace to opponents on the roads.

Here are the top 10 men from Sunday:

  • 1. Wilson Kipsang (KEN) — 2:10:59
  • 2. Lelisa Desisa (ETH) — 2:11:06
  • 3. Gebre Gebremariam (ETH) — 2:12:13
  • 4. Meb Keflezighi (USA) — 2:13:18
  • 5. Stephen Kiprotich (UGA) — 2:13:25
  • 6. Geoffrey Mutai (KEN) — 2:13:44
  • 7. Masato Imai (JPN) — 2:14:36
  • 8. Peter Cheruiyot Kirui (KEN) — 2:14:51
  • 9. Ryan Vail (USA) — 2:15:08
  • 10. Nick Arciniaga (USA) — 2:15:39

The American men put three in the top 10, a nice showing for USA distance running. Meb won NYC in 2009 and the Boston Marathon earlier this year, and he led the American charge with a fourth-place finish on Sunday.

Meb, Vail and Arciniaga were the three Americans in the top 10, and here are the next five USA finishers:

  • Stephen Shay — 2:19:47
  • Aron Rono — 2:23:30
  • Zach Hine — 2:24:10
  • Nick End — 2:26:52
  • Craig Curley — 2:27:33

Top 100 Men


Women: Keitany Outlasts Jemima Sumgong

Keitany defeated fellow Kenyan Jemima Sumgong by three seconds, crossing the line in 2:25:07. The marathon’s official Twitter account captured Keitany’s win:

Prior to this victory, the 32-year-old Keitany posted back-to-back wins at the London Marathon (2011, 2012). She holds a marathon PR of 2:18:37—the third-fastest woman ever.

Here are the top 10 women from Sunday:

  • 1. Mary Keitany (KEN) — 2:25:07
  • 2. Jemima Sumgong (KEN) — 2:25:10
  • 3. Sara Moreira (POR) — 2:26:00
  • 4. Jelena Prokopcuka (LAT) — 2:26:15
  • 5. Desiree Linden (USA) — 2:28:11
  • 6. Rkia El Moukim (MAR) — 2:28:12
  • 7. Firehiwot Dado (ETH) — 2:28:36
  • 8. Valeria Straneo (ITA) — 2:29:24
  • 9. Buzunesh Deba (ETH) — 2:31:40
  • 10. Annie Bersagel (USA) — 2:33:02

Linden, who runs for Hansons-Brooks, gutted out a top-five finish to lead the Americans. Brooks Running congratulated Linden and Vail for their Sunday performances:

Linden and Bersagel were the two Americans in the top 10, and here are the next five USA finishers:

  • Deena Kastor — 2:33:18
  • Kara Goucher — 2:37:03
  • Lauren Kleppin — 2:39:13
  • Alia Gray — 2:39:43
  • Marci Gage — 2:40:00

Top 100 Women

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