Speed Skater Apolo Anton Ohno To Run NYC Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 1, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM UTC
Short-track superstar Apollo Ohno will go long this November in New York City.

Short-track superstar Apollo Ohno will go long this November in New York City.

The short-track specialist has decided to go long.

Besides his trademark facial hair and good looks, American Olympic speed skater is known for something else: winning medals in the short-track event. However, this November Ohno is going long–really, really long. He has decided to run the ING New York City Marathon. It will be his first 26.2-mile race.

Apparently, his recent run up the steps of the Empire State Building planted the marathon seed in Ohno’s head.

Speaking from the Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona (He was there to be the grand marshal for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.) Ohno had this to say about New York: “People always say to me, ‘You’re an Olympic athlete, you’re fit already.’ In some ways, yes, but it’s different. My longest race is 2 ½ minutes and my shortest race is 40 seconds, so training for those is a little bit different.”

Ohno’s source of inspiration was Subway spokesman Jared Fogle. “Everybody turned him down,” Ohno added, referring to Fogle. “Obviously, me, I’m like, ‘OK, I’ll do it. I’ll try it out.’ So I decided to do it.”

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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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