American triathlete Gwen Jorgensen, who won gold in Rio, will make her marathon debut at the New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 6. She will join an already stacked American professional athlete field that includes U.S. Olympic distance runners Molly Huddle and Kim Conley, who are both also racing 26.2 miles for the first time.
“What a thrill it is to have Gwen join our amazing group of American professional athletes for the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon,“ said Peter Ciaccia, president of events for New York Road Runners and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon. “We have so much respect for what Gwen achieved in Rio and how well she represented the USA. Her gold medal proved once again that she’s the world’s top triathlete.”
The Olympic title was particularly special for Jorgensen, who had packed up and moved to Australia and then Spain to train full-time after finishing 38th at the London 2012 Olympics because of a flat tire. “This has been such an incredible year for me, and I thought what better way to continue to challenge myself than by running my first marathon,” said Jorgensen. “The triathlon will always be my first love, but I am really looking forward to the marathon and cannot think of a better place to make my debut than New York City.”
Jorgensen will join an American professional athlete field that also includes 10 men and 11 women who participated in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Marathon Trials. Three other athletes will also be making their marathon debuts, including Olympic 5000-meter runner Kim Conley and NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador and Olympic 10,000-meter runner Molly Huddle, who broke the 10,000m American record at the Rio Olympics.
The 2016 TCS New York City Marathon will be televised live on Sunday, November 6, on WABC-TV, Channel 7 in the New York tristate area from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET, and for the rest of the nation on ESPN2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET.