New York Marathon

April 27, 2011 by USA Post 

New York Marathon, Three former champions will compete in this year’s novelty City Marathon in New York among a field that has attracted a record of 140,000 applicants.

The defending champion Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia and Edna Kiplagat of Kenya and 2009 winner Meb Keflezighi of the United States committed to running the race of 26.2 miles through five New York boroughs. U.S. Olympic champion in short track skater Apolo Anton Ohno will also compete in the race Nov. 6, which he said would be his first marathon.

About 45,000 runners will receive a ticket through the lottery system for the race, the New York Road Runners, which organizes the marathon, said in a press release. Lottery winners will be announced today.

Keflezighi, 35, the first American man to win the race since Alberto Salazar in 1982, will be joined by three times the U.S. Olympic Jen Rhines, who will return to New York after a hiatus of five years marathon. Keflezighi will run the race for the seventh time. He has five top-10 finishes, including his victory in 2009 and sixth place last year.

Keflezighi will compete in the U.S. Olympic Marathon trials in Houston in January. In 2004, he won the silver medal in the Olympic marathon in Athens and was second in the New York marathon 70 days later.

In New York, which will run in Gebremariam, who won last year’s race in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 14 seconds. Gebremariam, 26, finished third in the Boston Marathon in 2:04:53 last week.

Kiplagat, 31, will defend the title of his wife after finishing third in the London Marathon in 2:20:46 last week. She took second in the New York City Half Marathon in 1:09:00 in March.

Marathon debut
Ohno, 28, is the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympics with two gold, two silver and four bronze medals in speed skating short track.

“Running a marathon is something I’ve never done, and I’m super excited to take this incredible challenge,” Ohno said in a press release. “I hope my journey can inspire others to meet their health goals.”

Rhines, 36, has not competed in a marathon since finishing fourth in 2006 in Rome. She has focused on shorter distances, winning the championship of the U.S. Half Marathon and the U.S. in January 15k title last month.

New York’s race starts in Staten Island and winds through Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx before finishing in Central Park.

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