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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
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Gebre Gebremariam

Photo: PhotoRun.net

Last November the Ethiopian made his first-ever marathon a memorable one by winning the ING New York City Marathon in 2:08:14. The reigning champion is back to defend his crown at this year’s race, and if one thing’s certain, it’s that he won’t sneak up and surprise anyone this time around. The 27-year-old has proven himself to be a masterful marathoner; he followed up his win last November with a podium slot at the Boston Marathon, where he finished third with a personal best of 2:04:53. Gebremariam dropped out of the world championships marathon in early September, but has said he will be ready to compete in New York City on Nov. 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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