Endurance: Molly Pritz

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.

RELATED: Stacked Fields Set For NYC Half

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

Big Apple Bound: 5 Qs With Molly Pritz

October, 21, 2012
Last November, Molly Pritz turned a few heads in her 26.2-mile debut at the ING New York City Marathon, finishing as the top American woman in 12th place with a 2:31:52 clocking. The 24-year-old, who lives and trains in Boulder, Colo., dominated last year's U.S. 25K championship as well, winning by three minutes. The Bucknell grad has had to deal with equal parts elation and devastation in her young career, however, fracturing her kneecap while training for January's Olympic Marathon Trials, a race she started but was unable to finish.

So far this year, Pritz -- who said she’s been “hitting better workouts than she’s ever hit” -- has been on a tear, running a 1:10:45 personal best to win the San Francisco 2nd Half Marathon in July, and following that up with a close runner-up finish to Renee Metivier Baillie at the U.S. 20K Championships in September, where she ran 1:07:21.
We caught up with Pritz a few days before she headed to sea level to make her final preparations for this year’s New York City Marathon on Nov. 4.

Two-part question: How does it feel to be returning to New York as the top American finisher from last year’s race? And do you feel any additional pressure this time around, especially considering the stellar U.S. field that’s been assembled this year?

I certainly feel differently than I did last year. I put no pressure on myself last year just because I was coming off an injury, it was my first marathon -- there were just so many variables, but I even had a hard time betting on myself. So, finishing as top American at New York was just a monumental feat for me and I was nothing but excited about it. Originally, heading into New York [this year], I felt like there was some pressure just because you do want to retain that title and show that it's not a fluke and that you can go back and repeat. And then they released the field and you see all these huge names that are some of the best runners in our sport and some of the best female marathoners ever to grace the U.S., and it puts a little less pressure on me because there’s such big names coming into the race. I still put a lot of pressure on myself. I have big goals and I hope to accomplish them, and whether that puts me as first American or eighth American, I don’t care. I just want to be able to hit my time goal and hopefully that will put me in the hunt.

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