Apolo Ohno Going For Sub-Four-Hour Marathon

He admits speedskating is much different than marathoning.

Apolo Ohno hopes to dip under four hours in New York this November. Photo: Universal Sports

He admits speedskating is much different than marathoning.

Olympic speedskating gold medalist Apolo Ohno is already predicting his finishing time at this year’s ING New York City Marathon. In an interview with Universal Sports, the American Olympian says he will be “under four hours in the marathon.”

Ohno points out that short-track racing, an event that only lasts two-and-a-half minutes is a far cry from marathoning.

“I’m not the greatest runner,” he admits.

His best advice to fellow first-time marathoners is pretty simple. “Start training,” he says. Interestingly enough, Ohno’s training isn’t limited to running. He says he’s done “firefighter training”, MMA (mixed martial arts), as well as boxing.

Ohno takes advantage of living near his training partners, running 11-12 miles to fellow Olympic speedskating gold medalist Shani Davis’ house. Unfortunately, Ohno says that his hip “seized up” on that run with two miles to go and that he almost called an ambulance.

The ING New York City Marathon is taking place on Sunday, November 6. Over 44,000 runners will join Ohno along the course, which winds through the city’s five boroughs.

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