Marathoners using NYC half as tuneup

February, 8, 2011

Tuning up for April's prestigious marathons in London and Boston, a critical mass of top U.S. distance runners have entered the New York City Half-Marathon on March 20.

The New York Road Runners club, which organizes the race, announced Tuesday a field that includes four past Olympians. Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall and Abdi Abdirahman will be among the starters on the men's side and Kara Goucher, 32, of Portland, Ore., will continue her post-maternity comeback.

Hall, 28, of Big Bear Lake, Calif., is the only U.S. man to run a half-marathon in under an hour. He finished 10th in the marathon at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Keflezighi, 35, of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., was the 2009 New York City Marathon champion and won the silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Abdirahman, 34, of Tucson, Ariz., is a three-time Olympian.

Roughly 9,000 runners are expected to compete. The course is laid out entirely in Manhattan, starting in Central Park, taking Seventh Avenue through Times Square, cutting over to the West Side Highway via 42nd Street and heading south to Battery Park.

Bonnie D. Ford

ESPN Senior Writer


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