9/15/09

Different route to work today...

Your training partners are key to your success, and friendships based on your runs together are strong. Bill Rodgers

I took a different route to work today due to the traffic lights that allow me to keep running across avenues and down streets...I don't like to stop at lights so I just keep running...eventually I'll make it to work...some ways or another. I go through avenues and streets and see people waiting for buses and sometimes I swerve in and out between people like a slalom skier...

sometimes I wonder when I will get hit by a car...i better watch out!

6 Past Winners in N.Y.C. Marathon Field

Published: September 15, 2009
New York City Marathon organizers announced Tuesday that six former winners had committed to competing in the elite field in this year’s race, including Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil, who has won in two of the past three years.

Martin Lel of Kenya, who won in 2003 and 2007, Paul Tergat of Kenya (2005) and Hendrick Ramaala of South Africa (2004) are also expected to be in the men’s field.

Jelena Prokopcuka of Latvia (2005, 2006) and Ludmila Petrova of Russia (2000) have committed to the women’s field, according to the New York Road Runners, the race’s organizer.

The United States Olympians Ryan Hall and Brian Sell were previously announced as having committed to this year’s race on Nov. 1.

The elite men’s field has several runners who have thrived in New York, but the world’s best marathoners have gravitated to fall marathons that offer flatter, faster courses. Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia will run Sunday in the Berlin Marathon, where he set a world record last year in 2 hours 3 minutes 59 seconds. Duncan Kibet of Kenya, who holds the second-fastest time, 2:04:27, will also run in Berlin.

The Olympic champion Sammy Wanjiru of Kenya has committed to running the Chicago Marathon next month.

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