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Strong Fields At NYC Half Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 8, 2011
  • Updated Mar. 8, 2011 at 10:52 AM UTC

Three former ING New York City Marathon champions are racing.

An incredibly talented field of top-class runners has been assembled to race the New York City Half Marathon on March 20. At the top of the list is England’s Mo Farah. Farah has been on fire this season, recently winning the European Indoor 3000m event in Paris.

“I’m looking forward to running my first half-marathon in New York on March 20,” said Farah. “My longest race to date is 10 miles and it will be interesting to see how I go in the longer distance.”

Also at the top of the pre-race favorites is a huge contingent of leading Americans like Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall, and Galen Rupp. For Rupp, this will be his debut in the half marathon and only his second road race of his career.

There will also be two former ING New York City Marathon men’s champions taking part as well: Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia and Marlison Gomes dos Santos of Brazil.

In the women’s race, the clear favorite is Edna Kiplagat, who won the 2010 edition of the ING New York City Marathon.

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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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