Meb Keflezighi will return to the scene of his last victory to compete in the New York City Half-Marathon.
The New York Road Runners announced Thursday that the 2009 NYC marathon champion will compete in the 13-mile race on March 21.
He’ll be joined by Abdi Abdirahman, Anthony Famiglietti and Josh Rohatinsky in a men’s field that already includes marathon world record-holder Haile Gebrselassie.
Keflezighi, of San Diego, in November was the first American male to win the New York City Marathon since Alberto Salazar in 1982.
Keflezighi ran the inaugural NYC Half-Marathon in 2006. The four previous events were held in the summer. This marks the first springtime version of the NYC Half-Marathon.
By Glen Andrews, World-Track
NEW YORK — Great Britain’s marathon world-record holder Paula Radcliffe will race in the NYC Half-Marathon on Sunday to test her fitness level before making a decision on whether she is ready to compete at the world championships later this month.
"Recently, my training has started to go very well," Radcliffe said in a statement on Wednesday. "I’m definitely ready to run a half-marathon, and the NYC Half-Marathon will give me important feedback about where I am.
"After the race in New York, I will consult with my coaching and medical teams and we will make the final determination as to whether I am ready to run the marathon in Berlin. It is certainly my hope to compete there."
Radcliffe, who has been struggling with injury problems, earlier this year had surgery on her right foot and has not competed since she won her third New York City Marathon in November.
The world championships in Berlin begin on August 15, with the women’s marathon going off on the final day – Aug. 23.
Two-time Olympic medalist Catherine Ndereba of Kenya will be one of the main challengers for the gold medal.