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American runners take aim at ending N.Y. drought

Updated: November 5, 2005, 10:17 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Each of the 37,000 or so participants in Sunday's New York City Marathon has a simple goal: finish the grueling race through the Big Apple's five boroughs.

But the competitors from 100 nations and all 50 states have widely varying motivations.

Ryan Shay wants to end a 23-year American drought. So, too, do Meb Keflezighi and Abdi Abdirahman, who hope a victory for their adopted nation would inspire a U.S. resurgence in long-distance running.

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