New York City Marathon Elite Race Preview

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Nov. 3, 2011
  • Updated Nov. 3, 2011 at 9:01 PM UTC
Can the Bronx resident win on her home turf? Photo: Scott Draper

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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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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