Gebrselassie and Kastor headline strong fields.
Written by: Sean McKeon
The 2010 edition of the New York City Half Marathon will feature marathon world record holder Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia and American half-marathon record holder Deena Kastor. Both men’s and women’s fields are stacked and both races will prove to be important indicators for the upcoming spring marathon season.
Gebrselassie will look to reclaim his 2007 title, which he won in a course-record 59:24. Gunning to take down the former half-marathon world record holder will be two-time New York City Marathon champion Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil and Ethiopian Gebre Gebremariam. Gomes dos Santos comes in with designs on improving upon his personal best 59:33 and Gebremariam hopes to add a title in NYC to a resume that also includes a 2009 world cross country championship victory. Also ready to challenge up front will be Irish 10,000m record holder Alistair Cragg and American Olympians Abdi Adirahman and Anthony Famiglietti.
On the women’s side Kastor will seek to improve upon her 1:09:42 win at January’s P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon. The 2004 Olympic marathon bronze medalist will have her hands full with Britain’s newest star, Mara Yamauchi. Kastor and Yamauchi are both preparing for the Virigin London Marathon, where the Brit finished second last year. Also in the field are 2009 Hokkaido Marathon champion Kiyoko Shimahara of Japan and and 2008 New York City Half Marathon runner-up Madaí Pérez of Mexico. Other Americans to keep an eye on include US 25K champion Sally Meyerhoff and Olympic trials qualifier Heidi Westover.
The NYC Half Marathon will be streamed live on Universal Sports and a full recap and photos will be available here on Competitor.com following the race.