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:

Lauren Fleshman

Lauren Fleshman winning the XTERRA Trail Nationals 1/2 Marathon in 2009. Photo: XTERRA

A first-time marathoner, Fleshman is coming off a successful summer of racing that saw her place seventh in the 5,000 meters at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, tying the highest-ever finish by an American woman. Fleshman, who has a lengthy injury history, runs lower volume than most marathoners, topping out at near 80 miles per week. She’s never raced longer distance on the roads, but did win the XTERRA Trail Run National Half Marathon in 2010. It will be interesting to see if she can exercise the patience of a seasoned racer or if she displays the aggressiveness of a track runner. Some combination of both will suit her best on November 6.

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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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