NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — Over 15,000 runners will line up for Sunday’s New York City Half Marathon race.
American Meb Keflezighi, who qualified for this summer’s Olympic Games by winning the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials has been preparing well and he is looking to continue his preparation for London with another good performance come Sunday.
The 36-year-old Keflezighi, is no stranger to racing in New York, as he won the 2009 NYC Marathon.
He will start as one of the favourites, given his struggles in the race a year ago, but still he’s confident that after seeing how the year finished and how this term started, things are getting better.
“A year ago at this time I was like trying to scramble,” Keflezighi said at a news conference on Friday.
“In life you always go through ups and downs, ups and downs, but if you’re patient enough to wait then good things will happen.”
He added: “Last year was a very challenging year and things happen for a reason. What would you feel like?
“But we were faithful and optimistic to our beliefs to give it a shot and other doors will open and eventually it did. I do what I do every day, work hard and stay healthy.”
Come Sunday Keflezighi will take on the likes of Deyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia, Wesley Korir of Kenya, his countryman and former NCAA cross country star Sam Chelanga, Dathan Ritzenhein and Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil.
American Kara Goucher will lead the Americans on the women’s side. the field will also include, Firehiwot Dado, Dutch’s Hilda Kibet, Jo Pavey of Great Britain, New Zealander Kim Smith and perhaps the favourite, Caroline Rotich of Kenya.