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2010 ING NYC Marathon

November 6, 2010

After this year’s amazing Boston Marathon, it doesn’t surprise anyone that New York Road Runners has assembled such an amazing field of men and women elite runners for the ING NYC Marathon. New Yorkers don’t ever want to be runners up to Boston.

At 37 years of age, Haile Gebrselassie, the marathon world record holder (2:03:59), will be making his NYC Marathon debut. After 10 marathon wins and 2 Olympic gold medals, it only was a matter of time for Gebrselassie to try to conquer the NYC Marathon. With his outstanding resume, many believe that he is the favorite to win the marathon.

This year America will be experiencing something at the NYC Marathon they haven’t had the cance to in 27 years – an American with the chance to repeat winning the NYC Marathon. Meb Keflezighi, the 2009 NYC Marathon and USATF Marathon Champion, has an opportunity to be the first American to repeat.

The USA will also be seeing the return of Dathan Ritzenhein to the marathon. Ritzenhein had a great 2009 and 2010 under the coaching of Alberto Salazar. He had set the American record for the 5000 meter, placed third at the 2009 World Half-Marathon Championship, and won the 2010 USA Cross Country Championship. Ritzenhein had to take some time off from running earlier this year because of an injury. He and Coach Salzar believe he is back on track. Prior to being coached by Salzar, Ritz’s marathon personal best was 2:10:00 at London 2009. Since this is Ritzenhein’s first marathon with Salazar, we’ll see if Salazar is capable of working some magic with Ritzenhein on Sunday.

America has a very good chance of winning the men’s race this year with Keflezighi and Ritzenhein in the field. But, they’ll have their hands full with Abderrahime Bouramdane, Gebre Gebremariam, Haile Gebrselassie, Marilson Gomes dos Santos, Abderrahim Goumri, Peter Kamais, Abel Kirui, Gilbert Kirwa, James Kwambai, Emmanuel Mutai, Hendrick Ramaala and Viktor Röthlin in the competition. They are all capable of winning the marathon.

The women’s race features the greatest women’s distance runner of all time – Derartu Tulu. Tulu won the 2009 NYC Marathon at the age of 37 after taking two years off from road racing after giving birth to two girls. Her chances of winning are very good this year. Tulu’s top competition are Great Britain’s Mara Yamauchi, Salina Kosgei, Teyba Erkesso, and Russia’s Inga Abitova Mara is GB’s second fastest female marathoner (2:23:12) behind Paula Radcliffe. Kosgei is the 2009 Boston Marathon. Erkesso is the 2010 Boston Marathon champion. Abitova was second at the 2010 London Marathon.

Shalane Flanagan, who is one of America’s top female distance runners, will be making her marathon debut. With her successes (10,000 meter US record holder) Flanagan is seen to be America’s best chance at winning the 2010 NYC Marathon. it is only her inexperience at running the marathon that hold anyone back from choosing her to win. But, the NYC Marathon has seen a great female track runner to go on to win the race on her first attempt – Grete \Waitz.

There will no winners predicted for this year’s marathon. With the amount of talent assembled, the 2010 NYC Marathon may become the greatest race of all time. It should be a race to savor.

Good luck to all of the runners in the 2010 ING NYC Marathon!

Meeting Meb

April 24, 2010

It was a great pleasure having met Meb Keflezighi this past Wednesday at the Run by Foot Locker store.  He’s a very likeable guy and seems like he’s just another runner. That’s very refreshing even with all of the great accomplishments he has had during his career. Some of the things I had found out from him are: his left knee still hurts and he he has been taking glucosamine and Celebrex for the pain. He will be running the NYC Marathon this fall. Also Meb will be writing a book with Dick Patrick. I got that one from Facebook. After meeting Meb I can’t think of any better to represent the USA.