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Galen Rupp Rumored To Be Taking On Half Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 1, 2011

He may be moving up, because he can’t compete with the best in the shorter-distance races.

According to a story scooped by Track Focus, the New York Road Runners are planning a press conference on Wednesday with the newly minted American 5000m record holder (indoors), Galen Rupp. The big news: Rupp, normally a track specialist, will be moving up in distance to the half marathon at the New York Half Marathon on March 20.

The half marathon will only be Rupp’s second road race in his career. He raced a Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K in San Jose, California last November.

If the rumor is true, there’s much speculation about why Rupp, 24, is considering the longer distance. Some would argue that as he gets older and more experienced, he wants to test out the waters in the longer events. Others contend that he’s making the move, because he’s concluded he cannot keep up with the world’s best runners in the shorter track events.

This indoor season, Rupp was defeated in close races by Bernard Lagat and Mo Farah. This past weekend, Lagat out-kicked Rupp in the final 200m of the 3000m event at the U.S. Indoor Championships.

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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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