BOSTON (Jan 17) – Distance star Galen Rupp and high hurdler David Oliver, both American Record-Holders, have confirmed their participation in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on February 4th, organizers announced today.
Galen Rupp, from Portland, OR, had one of the best annual campaigns ever by American distance runner in 2011. Beginning with an American Record indoors at 5000m with a mark of 13:11.44, Rupp also shattered the outdoor American Record at 10,000m in a time of 26:48:00.
In his first attempt at the half-marathon distance, Rupp ran an eye opening time of 60:30, making him the fastest American for the year at this distance as well. Having already established his talents over multiple distances, he will compete in the mile and face previously announced IAAF World Champion at 5000m, Mo Farah of Great Britain.
“The oval at Reggie has always been good to me,” said Rupp. “I’m ready to see what I can do indoors in the mile.”
David Oliver, who trains in Orlando, FL, had world-leading times indoors in the 60m hurdles and outdoors in the 110m hurdles in 2011. In setting the American Record in the 110m hurdles in 2010, Oliver also became the 3rd fastest man in history.
He is the reigning US Champion and is one of the favorites for Olympic gold in 2012 in an event that hasn’t been won by an American since 1996. Oliver also won the bronze medal in the high hurdles at the Beijing Olympic Games.
Rupp and Oliver join an all-star cast of previously announced athletes that include Christian Cantwell, Matthew Centrowitz, Mo Farah, Bershawn Jackson, Kirani James, Jenny Simpson, Jenn Suhr and Morgan Uceny.
Tickets for the 17th annual Olympic-style event are on sale now at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-849-8722.