American runners take aim at ending N.Y. drought
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.