Apolo Ohno Going For Sub-Four-Hour Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 5, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM UTC
Apolo Ohno hopes to dip under four hours in New York this November. Photo: Universal Sports

Apolo Ohno hopes to dip under four hours in New York this November. Photo: Universal Sports

He admits speedskating is much different than marathoning.

Olympic speedskating gold medalist Apolo Ohno is already predicting his finishing time at this year’s ING New York City Marathon. In an interview with Universal Sports, the American Olympian says he will be “under four hours in the marathon.”

Ohno points out that short-track racing, an event that only lasts two-and-a-half minutes is a far cry from marathoning.

“I’m not the greatest runner,” he admits.

His best advice to fellow first-time marathoners is pretty simple. “Start training,” he says. Interestingly enough, Ohno’s training isn’t limited to running. He says he’s done “firefighter training”, MMA (mixed martial arts), as well as boxing.

Ohno takes advantage of living near his training partners, running 11-12 miles to fellow Olympic speedskating gold medalist Shani Davis’ house. Unfortunately, Ohno says that his hip “seized up” on that run with two miles to go and that he almost called an ambulance.

The ING New York City Marathon is taking place on Sunday, November 6. Over 44,000 runners will join Ohno along the course, which winds through the city’s five boroughs.

For More: Universal Sports

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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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