Oct. 31, 2007
Former Bruin and American Record-holder in the 10,000m, Meb Keflezighi, will compete at the New York Marathon in the U.S. Olympic Trials this weekend with the hopes of earning a spot on next summer's U.S. Olympic Team. The race will be held on Saturday beginning at 7:30 am (EST).
The U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Men's Marathon will start in front of the famed Rockefeller Center on 50th Street near Fifth Avenue, with St. Patrick's Cathedral as the backdrop. Athletes will run past renowned New York City locations, including Radio City Music Hall, Times Square, and Carnegie Hall, and will enter Central Park at Seventh Avenue. From there, athletes will begin the course's criterium loops: one four-mile circuit followed by four identical five-mile circuits, and will finish on the park's west side at Tavern on the Green.
A media package featuring national broadcast coverage and live web streaming will bring the Olympic Trials Marathon action to marathon fans for the first time since 1996. The start will be shown live nationally on NBC's "Today Show" beginning at 7:35am and the race will be streamed in its entirety via the Web at www.NBCSports.com. In addition, a 30-minute highlight show will be broadcast nationally on NBC on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. EST.
Athletes in the Olympic Trials will be competing for $250,000 in prize money with $60,000 going to the champion. Included in the prize funds provided by NYRR will be an additional $20,000 training stipend (payable post-Beijing) for each of the three athletes who compete in the Olympic Games. The men's qualifying window will be open until October 7, 2007.
A total of 134 men, out of 179 qualifiers, have officially entered the race that will name the first three members of Team USA's Track & Field team for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
The final entry list includes Keflezighi, 2004 Olympic Trials champion Alan Culpepper, and American record holder Khalid Khannouchi.
Keflezighi earned the silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, and although he has been hampered by injuries lately, he is ready to vie for a spot on the U.S. team.