The ING New York City Marathon is the largest marathon in the world and thus brings the premier runners of the world to the Big Apple. The contest was established in 1970 by the New York Road Runners Club President Fred Lebow. In the first year of the contest 127 competitors ran several loops around Park Drive of Central Park. The winning time was 2:31:38 set by Gary Muhrcke. The course was redraw in 1976 to include all five of the boroughs of New York City.
The 2010 New York City Marathon is Sunday, November 7. The event is expected to have over 44,000 finishers and two million spectators. The marathon will be live on NBC. Meb Keflezighi, the winner last year was the first victory by an American man in 27 years.
Professional Men poised to win the 2010 New York City Marathon
Meb Keflezighi set a personal best of 2:09:15 in route to his 2009 victory. The 35 year old coached by Bob Larsen is expected to do well. He won the 2010 San Jose Half Marathon in a time of 1:01:45 in preparation for New York title defense.
Haile Gebrselassie will be competing in his first New York City Marathon. The 37 year old Ethiopian is heralded as the king of long distance having won distances ranging from 1500 meters to 26.2 miles. In September, 2008 he set a world record in the marathon with a time of 2:03:59. In 2010 he ran a 2:06:09 in route to his victory at the Dubai Marathon. In preparation for New York he competed in the Great North Run (13.1 miles) winning in a time of 59:33. Gebrselassie has stated he would like to enter politics once his running career is over.
Abel Kirui won the 2009 Marathon World Championship with a clinching win in Berlin with a time of 2:06.54. He is making his New York City Marathon Debut
Abderrahime Bouramdane placed fifth in New York in 2008 and 2009. The 2008 Morocco Olympian is poised to make the podium.
Dathan Ritzenhein is the reigning United States Cross Country champion. He has a career best of 2:10.00 is the marathon.
Tim Nelson who represented the United States in the 10,000 meters at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin will be running his first career marathon. He trains with the Nike Oregon Track Club. The 26 year old has finished as a USA Championship runner-up four times and is poised to run well in New York
Simon Bairu is a member of the Nike Oregon Tack Club and the Canadian 10,000 meter record holder with a time of 27:23.63 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in May of 2010. His win at the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘N’ Roll half-marathon in January was validation that he was ready to tackle the marathon. This will be Simon’s marathon debut.
My podium picks for the 2010 ING New York City Marathon:
1. Haile Gebrselassie
2. Meb Keflezighi
3. Abderrahime Bouramdane
Edison Pena was one of the 33 trapped miners after the August 5th mine collapse. During his two month stay underground he ran up to 6 miles per day in place that got him the nickname “The Runner” and an invitation to the New York City Marathon. He was excited that his running while in the mine was reported and wants to show that he is a true survivor in the true sense of the word. He is a true survivor because he could be celebrating his freedom with lucrative book/movie deals, but instead decided to physically and mentally push himself to the brink. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a true survivor.
New York City Marathon Course Map: http://www.marathonguide.com/coursemaps/marathonmap.cfm?MIDD=472101107