The 26.2-mile race took place in near-perfect conditions, with low winds and temperatures at low 50s, and many marathons started here with a large elite pack of runners held back on the front as the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, the highest point course.
Unlike the big marathons in Berlin and Chicago that run on flat courses and use stakes to produce world records, New York's course has many hills and sharp turns that tend to produce regular races that favor those who have made the march before and finish quickly. For example, Desisa and Kitata have run more than a full minute faster in other lessons.
Kitata made his debut in New York and seemed to make a dead mistake going early and pushing the rhythm. The runner-up Marathon of London this year, Kitata could not tighten a runner pack that included Kamworor, Desisa and Daniel Wanjiru of Kenya, who won the London Marathon in 2017.
Kitata was holding the ground as his package came from the Queensboro Bridge, the second highest point in the race, around Mile 16. At that point, the drivers were on the run to run at about 2:07 am for New York. As the group moved to First Avenue, Kamworor began to claim himself. He let Kitata push the rhythm, but sometimes he suggested to other runners to help the box at Kitata.
But the lead pack was under Kitata, Desisa and Kamworor as they passed quickly through the Bronx, under the Madison Avenue Bridge and back to Manhattan. Going from Fifth Avenue, Kamworor pulled out his gloves and threw them on the ground as if they were kidding Desisa and Kitata.
Kitata slowed down and suddenly appeared, but Deisa was stuck with Kamworor as they entered Central Park about two miles to go. The fight was reversed last year when Kamworor closed Wilson Kipsang in a sprint at the end.