Vail looking to join the elite
NYC debut the next step for next potential American marathon star
Ryan Vail, 27 years old and the best American marathoner in his age group, lives and trains in Portland, Ore., which makes him sound like a distance-running cliché.
Vail isn't part of any of the high-profile professional running groups based there, though. He grew up in Gresham, less than half an hour away, so he "already knew what a great place it was to train," he says.
Vail -- who comes into the Nov. 3 New York City Marathon with a personal record of 2:11:45 -- is a presence ...
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