Endurance: Abdi Abdirahman

Elite field for Boston Marathon shuffled

March, 3, 2014
Mar 3
HallAP Photo/Steven SenneAmerican Olympian Ryan Hall is back in the Boston Marathon field.
American Ryan Hall has joined the elite men’s field for the 2014 Boston Marathon, according to a news release distributed Monday.

“After watching the tragic events that unfolded at last year’s race and knowing the resilience of both the running and Boston communities, I knew this year’s race was going to be a run of redemption that I am eager to be a part of,” Hall said in the release. “This year’s race will undoubtedly be the most historically significant marathon in Boston's storied history."

Hall, who has run Boston three times, holds the unofficial American record of 2:04:58, which he set in Boston in 2011. Hall went on to place second in the U.S. Olympic marathon trials in 2012 but dropped out of the Olympic marathon in London because of injury.

Hall had planned to run the 2013 New York City Marathon but also withdrew from that race because of injury.

“I am incredibly excited to participate in this year’s Boston Marathon,” Hall said.

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Olympic bronze medalist Wilson Kipsang of Kenya and three-time Olympian Kim Smith of New Zealand will headline the international fields for the NYC Half on March 17. World Championships bronze medalist Bob Tahri of France will make his half-marathon debut and Sara Moreira, Portugal's newly crowned European Indoor Championships gold medalist, will run the NYC Half as her U.S. debut, it was announced Wednesday by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.

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Previously announced runners for the NYC Half men's professional field include U.S. Olympians Meb Keflezighi, Abdi Abdirahman, Dathan Ritzenhein and Bernard Lagat. Additional U.S. competitors include Jason Hartmann, the top American in the 2012 Boston Marathon, and Guor Marial, who ran the London Olympic Marathon under the flag of the IOC and will be running his first race as a U.S. citizen.

In the women's race, previously announced runners include Janet Bawcom, a 2012 U.S. Olympian at 10,000 meters, along with Americans Adriana Nelson, Maegan Krifchin, Molly Pritz, Stephanie Rothstein Bruce and Serena Burla.

-- Competitor.com

4 U.S. Olympians in NYC Half field

February, 27, 2013
U.S. Olympians Bernard Lagat, Meb Keflezighi, Abdi Abdirahman and Dathan Ritzenhein will run the NYC Half on March 17, the New York Road Runners said Wednesday.

Lagat, a five-time world champion and two-time Olympic medalist at 1,500 meters who became a U.S. citizen in 2004, will be making his 13.1-mile debut at the race, organizers said. Lagat, 38, reclaimed his U.S. indoor two-mile record at the Millrose Games on Feb. 16 with his winning time of 8:09.49.

Keflezighi and Abdirahman were members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's marathon team, and Ritzenhein was on the 10,000-meter team. The elite U.S. field also includes Jason Hartmann, Guor Marial, Janet Bawcom, Serena Burla, Maegan Krifchin, Adriana Nelson, Molly Pritz, Stephanie Rothstein Bruce and Lindsey Scherf.

"It's a big step up in distance, but I think I'll be well prepared," Lagat said on the NYRR's website. "Of course, there's a bit of uncertainty. 'Can I cope with the distance?' but that makes it exciting; the challenge is what really appeals to me."

The half marathon is in its eighth year, had 15,344 finishers last year and is run one month prior to the Boston Marathon. New York mayor Michael Bloomberg canceled the 26.2-mile New York Marathon last November as the city struggled to recover from Superstorm Sandy.

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