Can an American find his way on to the podium at this year’s race?
There’s always a lot of American excitement around the New York City Marathon, and with good reason. In 2009, Meb Keflezighi did what no U.S. runner had done in over two decades by winning the race in 2:09:15. He finished sixth each of the next two years, but his 2009 victory will forever serve as a beacon of hope for other American marathoners aspiring to win one a major marathon.
This year’s American men’s lineup for New York took a hit in recent weeks when it was announced that Ryan Hall withdrew from the race due to injury. Despite Hall’s absence, however, a strong U.S. contingent will line up at the starting line of the elite field on Staten Island on Sunday morning, including Keflezighi, two-time Boston Marathon fourth-place finisher Jason Hartmann, two-time world championships marathoner Jeffrey Eggleston, and Ryan Vail, who will be making his NYC debut.
Here’s a look at the top-5 American men to watch in Sunday’s race. We’ll preview the top-5 U.S. women to keep an eye on tomorrow.