New York City Marathon Elite Race Preview

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

Kim Smith

Smith is one of the toughest runners in any marathon field. Photo: PhotoRun.net

She hasn’t won a marathon yet, but that could change on Nov. 6. The 29-year-old New Zealander, who trains in Providence, R.I., returns to the race where she finished fifth last year. Smith has had an up and down year, with her low point at the Boston Marathon in April, where she dropped out because of a calf injury after leading the first 18 miles. Her high was at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon, where she set a U.S. all-comer’s record, winning the race in 1:07:11. Smith likes to race from the front, so the rest of the field won’t let her get too far ahead.

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