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New York City Marathon Elite Race Preview

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Nov. 3, 2011
  • Updated Nov. 3, 2011 at 9:01 PM UTC
Rotich is hoping to win her second race in New York City this year on Sunday. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Buzunesh Deba

Can the Bronx resident win on her home turf? Photo: Scott Draper

A prolific marathoner, Deba is having quite a year for herself on the roads. In March, the Ethiopian who lives in the Bronx won the Honda LA Marathon in 2:26:34, then came back in June to win the Dodge Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon in a California state record of 2:23:31. She knows how to race to the finish line in Central Park, having won the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K in 33:29. In 2010, Deba won two marathons (Twin Cities and Grandma’s) while placing tenth in New York last November.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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