New York City Marathon Elite Race Preview

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Nov. 3, 2011
  • Updated Nov. 3, 2011 at 9:01 PM UTC
Rotich is hoping to win her second race in New York City this year on Sunday. Photo:

Kim Smith

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

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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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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