The 2018 NYRR Pro Performer of the Year is...
The votes have been tallied and the 2018 New York Road Runners Pro Performer of the Year is Mary Keitany.
The Kenyan runner received 46.3 percent of the public vote, while U.S. wheelchair racers Daniel Romanchuk and Susannah Scaroni came in second and third, respectively, with 16.2 and 14.1 percent of the vote.
Keitany is the second recipient of the award. The inaugural winner was 2017 TCS New York City Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan.
On November 4, Keitany, 36, won her fourth TCS New York City Marathon title, easily outpacing the field to finish in 2:22:49, just 17 seconds off the course record.
Her second-half split was faster than the U.S. half marathon record of 1:07:25, and she now has the second-most New York City Marathon victories in history in the women’s open division after Grete Waitz.
Earlier in the year, Keitany won her third NYRR New York Mini 10K in a time of 30:59, the fifth-fastest time in the event’s 47-year history.
The NYRR Pro Performer of the Year award recognizes the top athlete for his or her outstanding achievements at NYRR races over the entire year.
“By winning her fourth TCS New York City Marathon and third NYRR New York Mini 10K this year, Mary put on a show for runners and viewers around the world with her amazing performances on the roads in 2018,” said Michael Capiraso, president and CEO of New York Road Runners. “She is like family to New York Road Runners, and we are extremely grateful to have one of the greatest marathoners of all-time be such an inspiration to our running community here in New York.”