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Meb Keflezighi To Run In New York City Half-Marathon

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.

Ethiopian runners affected by murder-suicide

The parents and sister of one of the group’s top runners, Leila Aman, who were also the mother and father in law to 2008 Boston Marathon and Houston Marathon champion Dire Tune, were shot and killed by Aman’s brother in-law. The incident has forced some of the runners to stop training during a period of mourning.

The runners are also thinking about canceling competitive plans this fall. Tune is considering the New York City Marathon on Nov. 1.

“I still cannot believe what happened,” said Adilo, who received a phone call about the shooting from fellow coach and agent Gemedu Dedefo, the husband of Ethiopian elite marathon runner Leila Aman (2:27.18 in the 2004 Berlin Marathon)…..Read More