The NYC Half on March 20 will feature two prominent American runners leading the field—Molly Huddle and Ben True.
Huddle will be defending her title after tying the course record (1:08:31) last year, becoming the first American winner in the 10-year history of the race. In addition to her NYC Half win, she won six national titles in 2015—5K, 10K, 12K, 10-mile and 20K on the roads, and the 10,000m on the track.
Huddle is aiming for a spot on her second Olympic team this year, after qualifying in 2012 in the 5,000m.
“The strong field will be challenging, but I hope to start off the Olympic year on a high note, and to return to New York City for a few more races along the road to Rio!” Huddle said in a release.
True, 30, is coming off a breakout year in 2015. He set the U.S. 5K road mark at the B.A.A. 5K, won the Healthy Kidney 10K in New York, and finished fifth in the 5,000m at the IAAF World Championships. It will be his first half marathon.
“I am very excited to run my first half marathon in the Big Apple,” True said. “New York City was great to me last year, and here’s to hoping the trend continues!”