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Salazar Weighs In On New Edinburgh XC Race

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 20, 2010

The talent-packed U.S. squad will take part in a new Men’s International Team Challenge race.

Alberto Salazar, the coach of Olympians Dathan Ritzenhein and Galen Rupp has recently given his opinion on a race both athletes will compete in next month: The Bupa Great Cross Country race being held in Scotland. As part of the event, organizers are offering a new Men’s International Team Challenge race. Ritzenhein and Rupp are headlining this team.

According to Salazar, he had been asked to come to Scotland by U.K. track and field promoter, Ian Stewart.

“He said they were having a team event this year and wanted to know if our guys would take part in it,” Salazar said. “I told him it was definitely a possibility.”

Salazar pointed out that Galen Rupp will use the race as a build up to his indoor track season. He also shared that American record holder in the mile, Alan Webb had been considered for the team.

“I thought about it,” Salazar said of Webb. “But he’s going to run 800s, 1500s and miles indoors. So the race is a little too long. He’s really strong right now and he doesn’t need an over-distance race.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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