Strong field forming for November’s big race in The Big Apple.
Dathan Ritzenhein, bronze medalist at last year’s world half marathon championships and former American record-holder in the 5,000 meters, has committed to run the New York City Marathon in November — his first stab at the 26.2 mile distance since finishing ninth in Beijing at the Olympic Marathon in 2008.
“Dathan has shown his capability at so many distances from cross country to the 5K,” Mary Wittenberg, president of the New York Road Runners, told The Denver Post. “We’ve never seen the best of Dathan in the marathon. I’m convinced the best of Dathan in the marathon is good enough to win this race.”
Ritzenhein will join his countryman, defending New York City Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi, and marathon world-record-holder Haile Gebreselassie of Ethiopia, on the starting line of America’s premier fall marathon November.
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