The Big Apple never gets old for Meb Keflezighi. The 40-year-old from San Diego announced over the weekend that he’ll race the New York City Marathon for the tenth time in his career on Nov. 1.
Keflezighi highlights the professional men’s field for this year’s race, and will be joined by big names such as Kenyans Wilson Kipsang and Stanley Biwott, and Ethiopians Lelisa Desisa, Gebre Gebremariam and Yemane Tsegaye. Other Americans include Nick Arciniaga—tenth at New York City last fall—and Craig Leon.
This year’s race is about 3 1/2 months before the U.S. Olympic Trials marathon in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2016, which Keflezighi—the defending champion—also plans on running. The quick turnaround wasn’t a factor for Keflezighi in the past—he placed sixth at the 2011 New York City Marathon, then turned around and won the 2012 Olympic Trials marathon in Houston just 69 days later.
As is often the case, this year’s race is loaded with talent. Kipsang is the defending New York City Marathon champion, winning last year’s race in 2:10:59 on a cold, blustery day. Desisa won the Boston Marathon earlier this year and Gebremariam is the 2010 New York City Marathon champion. Tsegaye finished second at both the Boston Marathon and IAAF World Championships marathon this year and is the current leader for the World Marathon Majors series.
Keflezighi—the 2009 NYC Marathon champion—has had a busy year, placing eighth at the Boston Marathon in April (2:12:42), and following that up a month later at the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon with a second-place, 1:02:29 finish. That race served as the USATF Masters national championship, and was his first race a Masters runner (he turned 40 on May 5th).
The New York City Marathon, the largest marathon in the world, starts in Staten Island and touches all five of the City’s boroughs before finishing in Manhattan’s Central Park. The race will be televised live on ESPN2.