New York City Marathon Elite Race Preview

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Nov. 3, 2011
  • Updated Nov. 3, 2011 at 9:01 PM UTC
Kilel kicked hard down Boylston Street to outlast Desiree Davila and win the 2011 Boston Marathon.

Mathew Kisorio

Kisorio breaks the tape at the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon earlier this year in 58:46. Photo:

Kisorio will be making his 26.2-mile debut in New York City. Gebremariam proved last year that first timers should be taken seriously at this race, and top contenders would be wise to keep a close eye on Kisorio. On Sept. 18 in Philadelphia, the 22-year-old Kenyan ran the fastest-ever half-marathon on American soil, winning the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia event in 58:46, which was also a personal best and the third-fastest half-marathon of all-time. Inexperience could get the best of him, but the rest of the field shouldn’t bet on it.

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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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