Keflezighi Headlines 2012 ING New York City Marathon Field
2009 race champion leads U.S. contingent including four-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman and American distance dynamos Jason Hartmann and Brett Gotcher to make NYC debuts; new $100,000 prize purse introduced for American runners; prize purse exceeds $850,000
Posted Thursday, 30 August, 2012
NEW YORK - (August 29, 2012) - Meb Keflezighi (right, PhotoRun), who finished fourth (and first American) in the 2012 Olympic Marathon, his teammate in London and four-time U.S. Olympian Abdi Abdirahman and two other top American marathoners Jason Hartmann and Brett Gotcher will run the 2012 ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 4, it was announced by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.
Previously announced runners for the race include two-time U.S. Olympian Ryan Hall and Olympian Kim Smith of New Zealand.
Other top U.S. male contenders include Nick Arciniaga, Scott Bauhs, Andrew Carlson and Ryan Vail.
The Marathon will be televised live nationally on ESPN2 and ESPN3 from 9:00am to 12:30pm ET / 6:00am to 9:30am PT. Locally, New Yorkers can watch the race on WABC-TV and 7online.com from 9:00am to 2:00pm.
The powerhouse pack of Americans will be chasing the newly introduced $100,000 prize purse for U.S. citizens. The purse goes to the top five American finishers and is equal for men and women: $20,000, $15,000, $10,000, $3500 and $1500. Prize money in the Open Division and NYRR Member Division remains the same, giving the Marathon a total prize purse of $853,000.
"It's a good day when we are announcing the equivalent of the USA Men's Dream Team in Marathon running," said Wittenberg. "The field this year is larger-than-life, led by perennial contender Meb Keflezighi and his 2012 Olympic marathon teammates Abdi Abdirahman and Ryan Hall. Two of America's best distance runners - Jason Hartmann and Brett Gotcher - add to the incredible lineup, and we can't wait to see what they can do in their NYC Marathon debuts."
Keflezighi, 37, of Mammoth Lakes, CA, will be a frontrunner not only in this year's race, but next year's as well. The three-time Olympian signed a two-year contract to compete in the ING New York City Marathon. Keflezighi's fourth-place finish in the 2012 London Olympic Marathon was only the second time that the United States has placed a man in the top five since Frank Shorter earned silver in 1976 - the other being Keflezighi's own silver-medal performance in the 2004 Athens Games. After winning the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials earlier this year, he was the top American in the 2011 NYC Half, placing 13th in 1:01:41. In 2009, he became the first American since Alberto Salazar in 1982 to win the New York City Marathon. He has finished in the top 10 in the ING New York City Marathon a total of six times, most recently with a sixth-place finish in 2011. The UCLA grad has won more than 21 USA titles in his career.
"I'm excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of my debut in the marathon by running the 2012 ING New York City Marathon," said Keflezighi. "By this November, I will have run eight of the last 10 NYC Marathons. I'm thankful for not only winning the race in 2009, but also finishing in the top 10 in all but one. I would like to thank NYRR for introducing me to the marathon and supporting me every step of the way, including my 2004 Olympic silver medal, through injuries, and podium finishes in WMM races."
Abdirahman, 35, of Tucson, AZ, became a four-time Olympian by finishing third in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in January 2012. He is also a four-time USA 10,000-meter champion (2001, 2005, 2007-08). Abdirahman ran the 2007 NYC Half in 1:00:29, which is currently the fourth-fastest half-marathon ever run by an American. He finished second behind Haile Gebrselassie's course record. He also finished fifth in 2:11:24 at the 2005 ING New York City Marathon.
Hartmann, 31, of Boulder, CO, was the top American finisher in the 2012 Boston Marathon. His fourth-place finish earned him his first-ever points on the World Marathon Majors leaderboard. Hartmann has a half-marathon personal best of 1:03:07, set in the USA Championships in Houston 2006, and a marathon best of 2:11:06 from the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. He also won the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in 2009. Although he has never run the ING New York City Marathon, he was 10th in the 2008 Olympic Trials in Central Park and finished third when NYRR hosted the USA 8K Championships in 2008.
"I'm excited for the morning of November 4," said Hartmann. "Everyone dreams of running the ING New York City Marathon-it's a bucket-list race. Even though I was fourth overall and the top American at the 2012 Boston Marathon, part of me still wants redemption after my performance at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. I have more to prove, and whenever I retire from this sport, I want to be able to say that I left my mark on all three major marathons on U.S. soil-Chicago, Boston and New York."
Gotcher, 28, of Flagstaff, AZ, won his first USA Championship (20K) in 2009. Several months later, he made his marathon debut at the Chevron Houston Marathon, finishing seventh in 2:10:36-the fourth-fastest debut in U.S. history, and the third-fastest time by an American that year. At the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in January, Gotcher finished fifth in a time of 2:11:06, and he became the Team USA alternate for the Olympic Marathon after fourth-place finisher Dathan Ritzenhein made the team at 10,000 meters. This will be the first ING New York City Marathon for Gotcher, who has decided to train for the race at sea level in his hometown of Watsonville, CA (near Santa Cruz).
"In 2009, I was lucky enough to ride in the lead car at the ING New York City Marathon when Meb had his historic win," said Gotcher. "From that moment on, I was sold. To finally be able to toe the line on the biggest marathon stage is a thrill, and truly an honor."
Other top contenders in the U.S. men's field:
- Nick Arciniaga, 29, of Flagstaff, AZ, has a marathon personal best of 2:11:30, which he set in finishing second in the Chevron Houston Marathon in 2011. He was eighth in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in January. His best race to date in New York was his eighth-place finish at the 2009 ING New York City Marathon.
- Scott Bauhs, 26, of Mammoth Lakes, CA, is a three-time NCAA Division II champion, with titles in the 10,000 meters (2007), 5000 meters (2008), and cross country (2008). He finished third at the 2011 USA Outdoor Championships at 10,000 meters and competed at that distance at last summer's World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. He ran a half-marathon personal best of 1:01:30 at the 2012 Houston Marathon, placing third overall. He also ran the 2012 NYC Half in a time of 1:02:44. This will be his ING New York City Marathon debut.
- Andrew Carlson, 30, of Minneapolis, MN, specializes in long road races and has won two USA titles. He has represented Team USA five times in international competition. He ran his first marathon at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in January, overcoming a bad patch midway through the race to finish an impressive sixth (2:11:24), the top-finishing debutant in the field.
- Ryan Vail, 26, of Portland, OR, had a 2:12:43 marathon debut at the U.S. Olympic Trials in January and a sixth-place finish at the U.S. Trials 10,000m in June.
About the ING New York City Marathon
NYRR's premier event, the ING New York City Marathon is the most loved and most inclusive marathon in the world, attracting elite athletes and recreational runners alike for the challenge and thrill of a lifetime. The race has grown tremendously since it began in 1970 with just 127 runners racing four laps of Central Park. Now, more than 47,000 participants from all over the globe flock to New York City every November for an adrenaline-filled road tour of all five boroughs, starting on Staten Island at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and ending in Central Park. Some run for prize money or bragging rights, others for charity or their personal best. All are cheered on by more than two million live spectators and a TV audience of 330 million.
Visit www.INGnycmarathon.org for more information.