Doug Binder of TrackFocus broke the story earlier today that the New York Road Runners will hold a teleconference with Galen Rupp on Wednesday, presumably to announce his entry in the New York City Half Marathon on March 20. The announcement ends the speculation over Rupp’s future racing plans that he spurred after his race at the USA Indoor Championships. Find Binder’s entire story here.
The move up to the half marathon may signal a transition to the longer distances for Rupp. His 3000 and 5000 meter races this winter against strong finishers like Bernard Lagat and Mo Farah have proven he does not have the finishing speed to contend with the very best in the world. Even in the 10,000 meters at major championships, Rupp will need to close the final lap in under 54 seconds off a fast pace in order to contend with the Bekele’s and Tadesse’s of the world, something he has not proven the ability to do. Rupp and his coach Alberto Salazar surely must realize the same thing, which is why a move to the half marathon and eventually marathon distances bode well for Rupp’s medal chances.
Whether Rupp contests the Olympic Trials Marathon in January is still up in the air, but this should be seen as a positive step up for his ultimate career goal to become one of the world’s best marathoners.
Rupp’s entry into New York also spices up the already loaded field that includes top Americans Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall, and Abdi Abdirahman.