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A surprise late declaration to the race, Rupp will be running in his first marathon when he lines up for the Olympic Marathon Trials on January 14 in Houston. The 25-year-old Rupp qualified for the race with his 1:00:30 runner-up finish at the New York City Half Marathon in March. Last summer he shattered the American record in the 10,000 meters, running 26:48 in Belgium to take 11 seconds off Chris Solinsky’s sub-27 minute mark. Rupp’s entry to the race is a curious one (he trains with Alberto Salazar’s Oregon Project along with Dathan Ritzenhein), as he’s one of the overwhelming favorites to make next summer’s Olympic team in the 5,000 and/or 10,000 meters. Despite his lack of long distance road racing experience, if Rupp decides to make a move in Houston, other competitors would be wise not to let him get too far away.