Former NYC marathon champion, Olympic medalist and world-record holder will be honored on November 6.
Former marathon world-record holder Paul Tergat of Kenya will be honored with the Abebe Bikila Award the day before this year’s New York City Marathon, the New York Road Runners announced on Wednesday.
The award, named after the 1960 Olympic Marathon champion from Ethiopia, has been presented annually since 1978 to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the sport of distance running. Its long list of past recipients, include some of the sport’s legends, such as Bill Rodgers, Alberto Salazar, Fred Lebow, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Grete Waitz, and Paula Radcliffe.
“Paul is richly deserving of this honor in recognition of his great career as a champion on the race course as well as all of his humanitarian efforts off the course,” said NYRR president and CEP Mary Wittenberg. “It will be extra-special for Paul to be here this year to cheer as his most famous rival and now close friend Haile Gebrselassie runs our marathon for the first time.”
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