New York City Marathon Elite Race Preview

Rotich is hoping to win her second race in New York City this year on Sunday. Photo:

Bobby Curtis

Curtis has "realistic expectations" for his marathon debut on Sunday. Photo:

It will be his first attempt at 26.2 miles, but there’s reason to believe the Villanova grad will shine in his debut at the distance. At the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon in September, Curtis ran 61:54 to place ninth amongst a loaded field. With sub-27:30 10K credentials (he ran 27:24 on the track at Stanford earlier this year), he’s got the tools to mix it up with the rest of the elite field. Curtis downplayed his own expectations just a few days before the race, saying, “I’m really going into this thing with realistic expectations. I’m kind of flying under the radar.”

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