New York City Marathon Elite Race Preview

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Nov. 3, 2011
  • Updated Nov. 3, 2011 at 9:01 PM UTC
Jessica Augusto (left) and Ana Dulce Felix (right) hope to pack a Portugese punch in New York City this weekend. Photo:

Tsegaye Kebede

Kebede wins the 2010 London Marathon in 2:05:19. Photo:

One thing’s for certain: the diminutive Kebede knows how to win a 26.2-mile footrace. The Ethiopian comes to New York with a 2:15:18 personal best from the 2009 Fukuoka Marathon, where he was victorious in both 2008 and 2009. Kebede also captured the win at the 2010 London Marathon, running just a second off his personal best. Most recently, he finished fifth at London this past April, running 2:07:48. This will be his first run in New York City, where he hopes to challenge his countryman and defending champion, Gebre Gebremariam, for 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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