Bobby Curtis: The Next American Marathon Champ?

Bobby Curtis is aiming for a fast marathon debut this year in New York City. Photo:

The Villanova graduate will be giving the 26.2-mile race a shot in November.

He’s already one of the best Americans in the 5000m and 10,000m. This November, Bobby Curtis will see how he fares in the marathon. The 26-year-old Villanova graduate will be making his debut in the ING New York City Marathon.

“I guess all distance runners at some point in their life want to see what they can accomplish in a marathon,” Curtis said. “So I want to see if I have the talent to go the marathon distance. I’m 26 now and I feel like this is the time.”

On May 1, Curtis ran the best American 10,000m time this year with a 27:24. However, at the U.S. Outdoor Championships in June, he came up two seconds short of qualifying for the U.S. squad heading to the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea later this month.

“It was disappointing, but it’s better that it happens in a world championship year than have it happen in an Olympic year,” Curtis said of his performance. “I will take that experience and learn from it and make sure it does not happen in an Olympic year.”

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