There’s plenty to be excited about this year as the depth of U.S. distance running is on the rise.
Typically the attention paid to top American distance runners fades considerably in the year following the Olympic Games. But the recent rise in the U.S. distance running ranks gives plenty of reason for optimism in the new year. Expect international medal winners Galen Rupp, Jenny Simpson, Matthew Centrowitz, Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher and Leo Manzano to continue to make waves this year en route to major road races and the track and field world championships in Moscow later this summer, while a few other American runners continue to establish themselves as top professionals.
Here are 10 up-and-coming U.S. runners worth keeping an eye out for as the 2013 racing season gets underway.