Chelsea Clinton used an alias to run in—and finish—the NYC Marathon

Running any marathon is no small feat for a first-time marathoner. Running it as the child of a former president could be even a little more challenging.

Chelsea Clinton, 41, not only ran and finished the New York City Marathon on Sunday, she did did it under the cloak of an alias. Or perhaps, she was Anonymous.

Chelsea, who’s the daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton, finished her first marathon in just under 4 hours. Her name wasn’t found on the final results, though. She finished the race in 3 hours, 59 minutes and nine seconds (3:59:09).

Only five runners crossed the finish line in that exact time. Their pace was 9:08 per hour. Three of them were men, another was a woman and one person had no identity. Here are the runners who crossed at 3:59:09 (names omitted, but full results here).

  • Female, 34, New York
  • Anonymous, no age or location listed
  • Male, 33, Washington D.C.
  • Male, 45, New Jersey
  • Male, 64, New York

Those are the results from the New York Road Runners Association.

If Clinton was, indeed, the “anonymous” runner, then she finished in the 7,174th spot among the 24,000-plus runners.

Chelsea Clinton is greeted by her mother, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and her father, former President Bill Clinton after she finished the 2021 TCS New York City Marathon in Central Park on November 07, 2021 in New York City.
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Awaiting Chelsea at the finish line were her parents—former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is a former first lady, former senator, former U.S. Secretary of State and former presidential candidate herself—among others.

The New York City Marathon is one of the most prestigious races in the world. The overall winner of the 2021 race was Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamoror, who finished the 26.2-mile trek in 2:08:13. The top American male finisher was Jared Ward. The Utah native finished sixth with a time of 2:10:45.

The overall female winner was Kenya’s Joyciline Jepgoskei, who crossed the finish line in 2:22:38, which was the 31st overall time.

The top American woman to cross the finish line was Desiree Linden, who was sixth among all women with her time of 2:26:46, and 47th among all runners.

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