An already deep professional field just got deeper. New York Road Runners today announced that reigning Boston Marathon champions Geoffrey Mutai and Caroline Kilel and 2011 Virgin London Marathon champion Mary Keitany will run the ING New York City Marathon on November 6. Joining those outstanding Kenyans will also be Ethiopian Olympic and World Championships medalist Tsegaye Kebede.
Mutai and Kebede will join an already stellar field of runners in the men’s competition, including reigning New York City champion Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia, 2009 champion Meb Keflezighi of the U.S., and reigning Virgin London Marathon champion Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya. Two-time New York City Marathon champion Martin Lel, previously announced to run, was forced to withdraw due to injury.
Mutai, 29, won the 2011 Boston Marathon in a world best time of 2:03:02; it was the fastest time ever recorded for a certified marathon, but not a world record because of the nature of the Boston course. The current world record is 2:03:38, run by Patrick Makau of Kenya at the Berlin Marathon on Sept. 25, 2011. Read the rest of this entry →