Can the 39-year-old reigning Boston Marathon champion pull off his second Big Apple win on Sunday, Nov. 2?
Reigning Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi will race the TCS New York City Marathon on November 2 as part of the Team for Kids Ambassadors, it was announced today by Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners.
The 39-year-old Keflezighi, who has not competed since winning the Boston Marathon in April, is excited to return to the Big Apple, where he was crowned champion in 2009—the first American to win the race since Alberto Salazar in 1982. He has finished in the top 10 at New York six times in his career.
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“I am excited to be running the TCS New York City Marathon for the ninth time,” said Keflezighi, who was named VP of Running at The Competitor Group earlier this month. “This is a very special race and city for me. Additionally, I am honored to be a Team for Kids Ambassador and raise funds for the MEB Foundation.”
Keflezighi, who now lives in San Diego but will return to Mammoth, Calif., for a few months of altitude training prior to New York, cemented his place atop the U.S. marathon rankings with his Boston win this past April. He became the first American man to win the race since Greg Meyer in 1983. A three-time Olympian, Keflezighi captured the silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Marathon and took fourth place in the 2012 London Olympic Marathon, the only top-five performances by an American man in the event since Frank Shorter’s silver-medal performance in 1976. Keflezighi, a former American record-holder at 10,000 meters, has won more than 20 national championships in track and field, cross country and road racing.
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