His Oregon Project teammate, Matthew Centrowitz, has withdrawn from the race.
BOSTON — Galen Rupp, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist at 10,000 meters and seven-time U.S champion who holds four American records, is a late addition to the mile at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday, organizers have announced.
The 19th -annual New Balance Indoor Grand Prix will take place at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College, beginning at 3 p.m. The all-star event will feature 39 Olympic or World Championships medalists, including six Olympic Champions and 12 World Champions.
Rupp, 27, is on fire this season, having already set U.S. indoor records at 5000 meters (13:01.26) and 2 miles (8:07.41) on the track at Boston University, less than three miles away. On Saturday, the Oregon native may try to make a run at Hicham el Guerrouj’s indoor world record of 3:48.45. Rupp’s best is 3:50.92. The American record is 3:49.89 by Bernard Lagat.
“I am excited to run the mile in Boston on Saturday,” said Rupp. “It will be my third time to run in Boston this year. After my American indoor records in the 5,000 meters and 2 miles my coach, Alberto Salazar, and I decided that a competitive mile race would be the best preparation for the USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque on Feb. 22 and the IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships in Poland on March 7.”
Rupp joins a mile field that already included the last two Olympic silver medalists at 1500 meters, Leo Manzano of the U.S. and Nick Willis of New Zealand, and 2008 Olympic flag-bearer Lopez Lomong, who held the U.S. mark for 5000 meters indoors until Rupp’s recent record-breaking run.
Rupp and Lomong ran the two fastest indoor miles in the world last year: Rupp at Boston University (3:50.92) and Lomong in winning the Wanamaker Mile at the NYRR Millrose Games (3:51.21)
Withdrawing from the mile is Rupp’s Oregon Project teammate, Matthew Centrowitz.