MIAMI — Hillary Too of Kenya took the lead at mile 22 and won the Miami Marathon in windy weather by 37 seconds Sunday.
Teklu Deneke of Ethiopia finished second. Too’s time of 2 hours, 23 minutes, 2 seconds was four minutes slower than his time last year, when he finished second.
“I was slow today because of the wind,” Too said. “It was everywhere from start to finish. It affects us because you are running against it so many times.”
Five-foot Lyubov Denisova, a Russian living in Gainesville, Florida, won the women’s race with a career-best time of 2:40:53, nearly eight minutes better than runner-up Lindsey Scherf of High Falls, New York. Denisova dropped out last year’s Miami Marathon after 13 miles.
The marathon and half marathon drew more than 21,000 runners from all 50 states and 70 countries.