It's the largest women's only marathon in the world with 19,112 finishers last year. Pretty amazing.
Misikir Demissie (a 2:25 marathoner is a new US citizen) ran 1:13 here, but her coach says of the Trials, "she can run 2:25."
Molly Huddle is the favorite on the women's side as she faces Janet Bawcom, Kara Goucher. Deep races on both sides.
Sam Chelanga and Dathan Ritzenhein were 2-3. Janet Bawcom and Brianne Nelson were 2-3 for the women.
Bawcom, who had a tough fall as her father-in-law lost his battle with cancer, talks a lot about the differences between training in the US and Kenya. "Overall, I would say that people here are much more relaxed about their training – no one really seems to have it mapped out to the microsecond like you see in the US."
She says the big difference in Kenya vs the US: "Hills and Fartleks." A staple in Kenya is "The Hour" fartlek, which can be broken down in many ways, such as 30 x 1-minute hard, 1-minute easy. Bawcom desbribes one such workout where by the end they were 4:30 pace on the hard and sub-6:00 pace on the "easy".
Shalane Flanagan leads a very deep women's field that includes Janet Bawcom, Amy Hastings, Mattie Suver, Amy Van Alstine, Alexi Pappas. US Marathon champ Nick Arciniaga vs Bobby Curtis and Ben Bruce on the men's side.
Also in the fields are Ben True, Janet Cherobon-Bawcom and Amy Van Alstine.
She did it as a hard workout and finished 11th in 34:27.
She includes this picture of her when she was in high school before she became a runner.
Field includes Molly Huddle, Shalane Flanagan, Janet Bawcom, Mattie Suver and Emily Infeld who will compete over 12K for the last points in the overall USARC road race series.
NYC will be her first full marathon since the 2012 Olympic Trials.