Three of America’s 2012 Olympic marathoners – Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall, andKara Goucher – will race the New York City Marathon on November 3.
They’ll be joined by three other U.S. Olympians from those London Games: Julie Culley (5000), Amy Hastings (10,000), and Janet Bawcom (10,000). Hastings will run the 10,000 at the world championships in Moscow next month.
The American roster at the November 3 five-borough marathon will also include Jason Hartmann, who’s been fourth in the past two Boston Marathons; 2013 world championships marathoner Jeffrey Eggleston; 2012 California International Marathon champ Alisha Williams; and 2013 USA Half Marathon winner Adriana Nelson. Mattie Suver, who was the leading American at the 2013 New York Mini 10-K, and Ryan Vail, who ran a 2:11:45 marathon in Fukuoka, Japan last December, are also running.
Keflezighi, of course, was the 2004 Olympic marathon silver medalist and ended a 27-year American victory drought by winning the 2009 New York City Marathon. He’s been in the top ten in the New York race six times. He was fourth in the London Olympic marathon.
Hall won the 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (in November 2007) on a different New York City course; he was fourth in the five-borough race in 2009. His 2:04:58 for fourth place in Boston in 2011 remains the fastest marathon by an American under any conditions.
Hall is cognizant of the fact that his running has floundered since his second place 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials finish. He dropped out of the London Olympic marathon before the midway point, and then withdrew before last year’s New York City and this year’s Boston marathons. “I have one goal in mind for this year’s ING New York City Marathon: redemption—restore what has been lost,” Hall said, adding that his struggles “are now behind me and the lessons learned are paving the path to what I hope is a very redemptive ING New York City Marathon.”
Goucher (above), the 2007 world championships 10,000-meter bronze medalist, debuted in the marathon with a third place 2:25:33 in New York in 2008. She was third in Boston in 2009, fifth in 2011 in a personal best 2:24:52, and sixth this past April. Goucher was 11th in the London Olympic marathon in 2:26:07.
Many of these runners were entered in the 2012 New York City Marathon, which was canceled in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
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source: Runner’s World By Peter Gambaccini