New York City Marathon Elite Race Preview

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Nov. 3, 2011
  • Updated Nov. 3, 2011 at 9:01 PM UTC
The 38-year-old Joe Pavey is hoping her racing experience pays off on Sunday. Photo:

Meb Keflezighi

In 2009 Keflezighi celebrated becoming the first American winner in the Big Apple since 1982. Photo:

Can Meb still contend for a major marathon title, or are the 36-year-old’s best days behind him? The 2009 New York City Marathon champion and 2004 Olympic Marathon silver medalist will be the perennial crowd favorite in the Big Apple, but he’ll have his hands full attempting a second win against one of the most competitive fields in the race’s history. Keflezighi has had a quiet year of racing, so all eyes will be watching if he goes for broke in NYC or saves himself for the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon on Jan. 14.

Photo Gallery: Looking Back At Meb’s NYC Marathon Victory

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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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