Buzunesh Deba

Buzunesh Deba Ethiopia

Originally from Asella, Ethiopia, Buzunesh Deba has lived and trained in New York City for a decade, frequently taking the subway from her home in the Bronx to track workouts, and has sometimes run the 31-mile circumference of Manhattan in training.
 
Deba met her husband and coach, Worku Beyi, while still a teenager in Ethiopia, and the two have lived in the Bronx since 2006. She has recorded five top-10 finishes at the New York City Marathon, including runner-up finishes in 2011 and 2013. In 2011, she lost by four seconds after a down to-the-wire battle with her friend and countrywoman Firehiwot Dado; in 2013, Deba led from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge into Central Park but was overtaken by Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo. Her 2013 performance came only months after her friend and training partner, fellow Ethiopian Meskerem Legesse, passed away suddenly.

Deba’s 2014 Boston Marathon time of 2:19:59 made her the fastest female New York resident in history by more than 10 minutes, and was 44 seconds faster than the previous event record. A month prior to her record-setting run in Boston, she claimed her highest finish to date at the NYC Half, placing second in a personal-best 1:08:59. Deba placed third in Boston the following year, finishing in 2:25:09. 

Her only victories in Central Park came at the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K in both 2010 (33:09) and 2011 (33:38). 

  • Date of Birth Sep 8, 1987
  • Age 31
  • Gender Female
  • Country Ethiopia
  • Residence New York, NY, USA

RACE HISTORY

Career Highlights

Year Event Time PLACE
2017 TCS New York City Marathon 2:32:01
11th
2015  Boston Marathon  2:25:09 3rd
2014  Boston Marathon  2:19:59 2nd

NYRR RACE HISTORY

Year Event Place Time
2017 TCS New York City Marathon 2017 11 2:32:01
2016 United Airlines NYC Half 2016 12 1:14:39
2014 TCS New York City Marathon 2014 8 2:31:40
2014 Oakley New York Mini 10K 2014 5 0:32:20
2014 NYC Half 2014 2 1:08:59
2013 ING New York City Marathon 2013 2 2:25:56
2011 ING New York City Marathon 2011 2 2:23:19
2011 UAE Healthy Kidney 10K 1 0:33:38
2010 2010 ING New York City Marathon 10 2:29:55
2010 Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile- Professional 0:04:43
2010 Gay Pride Run 1 0:27:06
2010 NYRR New York Mini 10K 9 0:32:37
2010 Healthy Kidney 10K 1 0:33:09
2010 Run As One 4M 1 0:21:30
2010 NYRR Al Gordon Snowflake 1 0:22:07
2009 2009 ING New York City Marathon 7 2:35:53
2009 Grete's Great Gallop 1 1:14:52
2009 NYC Half-Marathon 5 1:13:17
2009 Front Runners New York Lesbian and Gay Pride Run 1 0:26:43
2009 NYRR New York Mini 10K 7 0:33:32
2009 Seventh Annual Run As One, Presented by JPMorgan Chase 3 0:21:54
2009 Coogan's Salsa, Blues & Shamrocks 5K 221 0:23:57
2008 Joe Kleinerman 10K 3 0:35:10
2008 Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile- Professional 0:04:44
2008 NYRR Team Championships - Women 2 0:27:20
2008 NYC Half-Marathon 14 1:14:37
2008 NYRR New York Mini 10K 9 0:35:23
2008 NYJL Mother's Day 10M 1 0:58:13
2008 Coogan's Salsa, Blues & Shamrocks 5K 3 0:17:22

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