The mid-distance specialist headlines next month’s NYC Half.
Bernard Lagat will take on the longest race of his career in his half-marathon debut at the New York City Half Marathon on Sunday, March 17, it was announced today by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.
“We are simply thrilled to host Bernard Lagat, one of the greatest runners our sport has ever seen, in his debut at the half-marathon distance,” said Wittenberg. “Bernard already has a storied history in New York City; he’s inspired us with his dominance at the Wanamaker Mile and his perseverance at the Fifth Avenue Mile, racing year after year until he finally captured the crown. If he can win the NYC Half, he’ll be the first winner of the Fifth Avenue Mile, the Wanamaker Mile and the NYC Half, a trifecta that would be just another indication of Bernard’s talents and range.”
One of America’s most decorated runners, Lagat was victorious yet again at the Millrose Games on Saturday night, reclaiming the American indoor record in the two-mile with a time of 8:09.49. He also ran 7:34.71 for 3000 meters earlier this month in Karlsruhe, Germany.
“I’m excited to be running a half-marathon,” said Lagat. “It’s a big step up in distance, but I think I’ll be well prepared. Of course, there’s a bit of uncertainty, but that makes it exciting; the challenge is what really appeals to me. New York has been a great city for me for more than a decade. I’m proud of all those Wanamaker Mile wins, the record, running the Fifth Avenue Mile, and finally winning there in 2011. I’m really looking forward to the half-marathon next month; I’ve been planning for it during all my training this season.”