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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

Mary Keitany

Kietany is the fastest woman in Sunday's field. Photo: PhotoRun.net

The third-place finisher at last year’s New York City Marathon in her debut at the distance, Keitany won’t sneak up on anyone at this year’s race. In February, the 29-year-old Kenyan shattered the world record in the half-marathon, becoming the first woman to run under 66 minutes with a 1:05:50 clocking. She followed that up with a victory at the London Marathon in April, breaking the tape in 2:19:19, the fourth-fastest women’s marathon of all time. If she makes a break halfway through the race like she did in London, it will be interesting to see who, if anyone, goes with her.

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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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