Solinsky Humbled By The Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 3, 2010
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM UTC

Chris Solinsky rode the pace car at this year's ING New York City Marathon. Photo:

The fastest American to ever run 10,000m wants to focus on the track for the next three to five years.

In a recent interview with Roads, Mills, Laps, Chris Solinsky, the American record holder in the 10,000m, gave his perspective on the marathon. He had been riding in the lead car at the ING New York City Marathon as a guest of the New York Road Runners and witnessed the fallout of the surges that took place up First Avenue.

“I’ve never seem so much carnage happen so quickly,” he said.

Solinsky then pointed out that he doesn’t think he will be ready to race 26.2 miles for another three to five years. Alluding to Bernard Lagat’s record in the 5,000m, he said: “I still have some unfinished business on the track. If I accomplish the goals I have on the track then I might move to the next venue, which would be marathoning.”

In the same interview, Solinsky gave his opinion about the potential dangers of running in minimalist shoes.

“I get nervous for people with these new Vibrams that are out….I have seen a lot of people running those races in them. That is dangerous. That is something that can turn people off to running, which is never what anyone wants. Whoever is in charge of the marketing for Vibram should be a little bit careful,” he said.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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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