Also Elkanah Kibet, Fernando Cabada, Bobby Curtis, Serena Burla, Annie Bersagel.
Arciniaga had one of the coolest race celebrations ever as he broke the tape with a lightsaber.
“The system is so corrupt that it’s hard to tell which of your competitors are using drugs. A lot of the time, even in marathoning, I find out people have been caught doing drugs, and they are some of the nicest people I’ve raced against. They are courteous and they talk to you and are friendly. Five years later you find out they’ve been doing drugs for a number of years. There’s no profile for anybody like that.”
*MB: Wow: Nick Arciniaga is huge Star Wars fan - Already seen new movie twice and original 100 times.Can anyone top that?
While many elites constantly come and go, Arciniaga is Flagstaff's "hometown hero" and has thrived on years of high volume altitude training at 7,000ft. He'll run NYC this Sunday and then hopes to be in 2:09:00 shape for the February OT.
He ran 65:56 to beat Craig Leon. He said he wanted to preview the course as it will host US Half Champs for the next 2-years.
Can one of them break 2:10? Teg: "The message from (NYC Half) is that I can run 10 miles with Meb and Dathan, who’ll be in Boston.”
On Rita Jeptoo: "I have read up a little bit about it since being back home and everything seems pretty shady to me. Even the comments from Rita’s coach and agent. It is terrible for the sport, but it’s nearly impossible to know who to believe."
No matter how fast you are, no one is immune to nipple chafing.
He'll face 2:08 Kenyans Dominic Ondoro and Abraham Chelanga.
The group (which includes LRC's Employee 1.1) moved to the town that pros like Nick Arciniaga and Ryan Hall call home to chase their running dreams.
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.
That's about a 7:48 with the altitude conversion. NAU's Brian Sharder (8:11.94) and Matt McElroy (8:17.11) were 2nd and 3rd; US Marathon champ Nick Arciniaga was 5th.
NAU All-American Matt Mcelroy put together this profile piece on Arciniaga who trains full-time at altitude in Flagstaff.