Kim Smith Breaks Course Record In Hartford Half

It was "just" a marathon training run for her.

It was “just” a marathon training run for her.

New Zealand's Kim Smith is a pre-race favorite to win next month's ING New York City Marathon. Photo:

Kim Smith is definitely back. After a DNF at this year’s Boston Marathon in April, the New Zealand record holder has continued to win race after race. She was victorious in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon in September, setting an American all-comer’s record there.

And just last Saturday, Smith won the ING Hartford Half Marathon. Her finishing time, 1:11:18, was a 14-second improvement over her own course record.

“I was just doing it more as a training effort for [the] New York [City marathon], like I did last year,” said Smith who is 29. “It’s nice and hilly, a good simulation run for New York. It was a little windy but it wasn’t terrible.”

Smith will be taking part in the ING New York City Marathon next month.

In the men’s race, Mathew Kiplagat of Kenya, last year’s third-place finisher, was the winner. He broke the tape in 1:06:23.

“I’m very happy with the win,” the 29-year-old Kiplagat said.”My training has been really consistent the last month.”

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