Kenya's Keitany will go for her fifth career title in New York. Last year, she recorded the second-fastest time through the five boroughs, finishing in 2 hours, 22 minutes, 48 seconds. Ethiopia's Desisa finished in 2:05:59, the second-fastest time for the course. He and American Romanchuk won their first NYC Marathons.
Switzerland's Schar will race for her third consecutive crown in the wheelchair division. She faces American Tatyana McFadden, who will chase a record sixth career title.