Races — Meb wins ING New York City Marathon to lead six Americans in top 10

running-advice-bugNEW YORK – Proudly pointing to the bold “USA” written across his singlet and giving thumbs up to the Central Park crowd, Meb Keflezighi on Sunday became the first American man since 1982 to cross the finish line first at the ING New York City Marathon. He was joined by five additional American men in the top 10 in a banner day for US. men’s distance running.

Meb Keflezighi wins Rock N Roll San Jose 2009

Meb Keflezighi wins Rock N Roll San Jose 2009

The 2004 Olympic silver medalist ran a brilliant strategic race, pulling away from four-time Boston Marathon Champion Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya in the final two miles to win in a personal-best time of 2:09:15. After finishing, he dropped down for a push-up and broke into tears before being greeted by his mother, wife and two daughters. “The memory of Ryan Shay is what I cried for,” Meb said, referring to his American teammate who died in Central Park while running the Olympic Trials two years ago, the last time Meb ran in New York.

The win gave Keflezighi the USA marathon championship and his fourth national title of 2009, and he became the first American man to win in New York since Alberto Salazar’s 1982 victory in 2:09:29. He earned a total prize-money payday of $170,000, including $130,000 for the overall win and an additional $40,000 for the U.S. title. He also finished atop the USA Running Series rankings for 2009, earning an additional $6,000.

In one of the strongest men’s fields ever in New York, Cheruiyot placed second, 41 seconds back in 2:09:56, with Olympic silver medalist and two-time world champion Jaouad Gharib of Morocco third in 2:10:25. In total, Sunday’s field included 14 men with personal bests under 2:10, including two-time New York champion Marilson Gomes dos Santos and 2004 champion Hendrick Ramaala.
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Races — Keflezgihi and Tulu win 2009 ING New York Marathon

running-advice-bugThe 2009 ING New York Marathon, the world’s biggest marathon, was full of surprises and drama as it took to the streets of New York today. American distance running was the clear winner today as the US Marathon Championships showcased the best that American distance running has to offer — and it doesn’t get much better than it was today.

Runners cross the Verrazano Narrows Bridge

Runners cross the Verrazano Narrows Bridge

American Meb Keflezighi won the race in a new personal best 2:09:15, pulling away from the elite international field in the 23rd mile to win the race by 41 seconds. He becomes the first American runner to win the New York City Marathon since 1982. Ryan Hall finished fourth. Including Keflezighi and Hall, a total of 6 Americans finished in the top 10 for the first time 1979. Keflezighi was the winner of the Silver Medal in the Marathon at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.

In the women’s race, world record holder Paula Radcliffe felt a twinge in her knee at mile 11 and hung on with the field, but couldn’t keep up with the surging pace at mile 22. Derartu Tulu of Ethiopia went on to win the women’s race in 2:28:52. Radcliffe finished fourth.

Keflezighi pulled away from four-time Boston Marathon winner Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya in the 23rd mile and built a 41 seconds gap over the last 3 miles of the race.

NYC SpectatorA record 44,000 runners started the race today, which was run under cool conditions and light rain and winds early in the day. The rain let up near the start of the race and temperatures were in the mid-50s with cloudy skies throughout the day.

We’ll have more coverage coming soon as we compile our notes from the day.

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Races — New York City Marathon on tap; Guide to pre-race coverage

running-advice-bugGet ready marathon runners, this weekend is the biggest marathon in the world. If you’re participating, good luck! If you’re not, then plan to watch it on the Internet or television this weekend. The race promises to be an exciting one with Ryan Hall vying for the overall title and Paula Radcliffe trying to make it three in a row.

Here are some links to coverage on our web-site that you may want to visit to get ready for the big weekend:

2009 Television and Broadcast Coverage for New York City Marathon

Will Radcliffe make it three in a row in New York?

Olympians headline list of Americans in New York City Marathon

Joan Benoit-Samuelson returns to New York City Marathon

Ryan Hall to race in New York City Marathon

Photos from last year’s New York City Marathon:

Selected Photos from 2008 New York City Marathon Race Course

Selected Photos from 2008 New York City Marathon Starting Line

Selected photos from New York City Marathon Starting Village

Enjoy the race and look for coverage here on Monday!

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Races — Will Radcliffe three-peat at ING New York City Marathon?

running-advice-bugNew York, NY — Three-time ING New York City Marathon champion and marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain will return to the New York streets to defend her title at the ING New York City Marathon 2009 on Sunday, November 1.

Paula Radcliffe at NYC 2007

Paula Radcliffe at NYC 2007

“I am really excited to be returning to New York this year for the marathon,” said Radcliffe. “With it being the 40th running, I am sure the atmosphere and the quality of the race will be extra special and I am looking forward to racing and having fun. New York holds so many inspiring and happy memories for me. I want to continue adding memories for many years to come.”

Radcliffe, who was sidelined with a foot injury earlier this year, withdrew from the women’s marathon at the IAAF World Championships in August due to lack of preparation. After having bunion surgery in March, Radcliffe made her first start of the year by winning the NYC Half-Marathon in August for her seventh straight road race victory in New York City.

“This is uncharted territory. New York hasn’t had a four-time champion runner since the great Grete Waitz won her fourth in 1982,” said Wittenberg. “Paula is an important figure in the history of our race, and it’s only fitting that she’ll step to the line as the race favorite at our 40th running.”
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Races — Olympians Keflezighi and Abdirahman Headline List of Americans at ING New York City Marathon 2009

running-advice-bugNew York, NY — The 2004 Olympic marathon silver medalist and the ING New York City Marathon 2004 runner-up, Meb Keflezighi, will be joined by three-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman and marathon rookie Jorge Torres to lead a strong line-up of Americans entered in the ING New York City Marathon 2009 on Sunday, November 1.

Jason Lehmkuhle, Bolota Asmerom, Peter Gilmore, and Magdalena Lewy Boulet were also announced. Previously announced were Olympians Ryan Hall and Brian Sell, both making a debut in the ING New York City Marathon. In conjunction with the ING New York City Marathon, New York Road Runners will host the 2009 USA Men’s Marathon Championship and offer a special USA Championship-only prize purse of $150,000.

Meb Keflezighi wins Rock N Roll San Jose 2009

Meb Keflezighi wins Rock N Roll San Jose 2009

Keflezighi, 34, of San Diego, CA, has been on the podium twice at the ING New York City Marathon, with a runner-up finish in 2004 and a third-place showing in 2005. A three-time national 10,000-meter champion (2000, ’02, ’04), Keflezighi holds the American record at that distance (27:13.98). Earlier this year, he posted a personal-best time of 2:09:21 in the Flora London Marathon and captured the USA Half-Marathon Championships title.

“This is the finest gathering of America’s marathoners since the Olympic Trials race here in 2007,” said Mary Wittenberg of the New York Road Runners Club. “I love the potent mix of Americans, which should give confidence to each of them.”
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Races: Two runners die after 2008 ING New York City Marathon

The New York Road Runners has confirmed that two runners have died of heart related conditions after this weekend’s New York City Marathon. Two other runners had hear attacks, but were revived by emergency medical services and transported to local hospitals.

The New York Times reported Tuesday:

“One of the runners was Carlos Jose Gomes, 58, of Brazil. He fell unconscious shortly after completing the race in 4 hours 12 minutes 15 seconds. A resident of São Paulo, Gomes was pronounced dead at Lenox Hill Hospital at 5:21 p.m. An autopsy Monday revealed that he had a pre-existing heart condition and died of a heart attack, said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the chief medical examiner’s office.

The Road Runners did not release details of the second fatality. But The Staten Island Advance reported that Joseph Marotta, 66, of Tompkinsville died, apparently of a heart attack, hours after finishing his fourth New York City Marathon. He walked the course in 9:16:46.”

The deaths of the two runners caused considerable stir in the media and the Internet, as people questioned whether marathon running is a sport too risky for the masses. The incidence of deaths in marathons is very low, although it does appear to occur most often in very large marathons, in part, due to the wider audience that they attact and the larger populations of runners involved.
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Selected photos: New York Marathon 2008 Race Course




New York Marathon 2008

Originally uploaded by Coach Joe English

This is a selection of my best photos from the ING New York City Marathon 2008 race course.

There are two previous posts with selections from the start village and starting line.

For a slide show on Flickr, click here.

All photos (C) 2008, Joe English, Running Advice and News

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Selected Photos: New York Marathon 2008 Starting Line




New York City Marathon 2008

Originally uploaded by Coach Joe English

This is a selection of my best photos from the ING New York City Marathon 2008 starting line.

I will also be uploading a selection of photos from the race course. The previous post was a selection from the start village.

For a slide show on Flickr, click here.

All photos (C) 2008, Joe English, Running Advice and News

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Selected Photos: New York Marathon 2008 Start Village




New York Marathon 2008

Originally uploaded by Coach Joe English

This is a selection of my best photos from the ING New York City Marathon 2008 start village.

I will also be uploading a selection of photos from the starting line and the race course.

For a slide show on Flickr, click here.

All photos (C) 2008, Joe English, Running Advice and News

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Complete New York City Marathon coverage is coming shortly

At the start of the NYC Marathon

At the start of the NYC Marathon

It was a big day yesterday at the New York City Marathon. I’m sorting through hundreds of photos and writing up my story for the big event.

Check back here and I’ll have my complete NYC Marathon coverage posted shortly. The elite race is already described in a short post that you can access by clicking here.

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