Monday, 20 February 2012

2012 N.Y.C. Half Marathon Elite Field

Last year, the N.Y.C. Half Marathon produced some lightning fast times. As mentioned Mo Farah and Galen Rupp ran 60:23 for 1st & 60:30 for 3rd, respectively, in their debuts. Canadian men also burned up the streets of New York with Dylan Wykes in 62:14) & Reid Coolsaet in 62:42.

This years race on March 18 brings a fresh crop of talent, although the names are far from new to you, or the running world. It seems as though the majority of the American Olympic marathon squad is using NYC Half as a training race.

Desiree Davila and Kara Goucher will lead the way for the women's field.

From left: Kara Goucher, Shalane Flanagan, Amy Hasting,
and Desire Davila. (The top 4 US female marathoners)

Meb Keflezighi and Dathan Ritzenhien will set the pace for the men's field.

The remainder of the elite field has not been published yet. Although Half Marathon's rarely get the same 'elite' draw to their events as marathons do. But in any case this is a star studded field! Should be a good indicator of what is to come in London!

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