NEW YORK – Two new world records were rewritten Saturday afternoon at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory during the Indoor World Record Challenge portion of the three-day inaugural Armory NYC Indoor Marathon.
Malcolm Richards, 33 of San Francisco, set the men’s world indoor marathon record with a 2:21.55.7 time, eclipsing Michael Wardian’s 2010 mark 2:27.21 mark in 2010 in Arlington, Va.
Manhattan’s Allie Kieffer, 28 and a former standout runner for Wake Forest University and West Islip High School, established a new women’s indoor marathon record of 2:44.43.9 that shattered the previous mark of Monika Kalicinska (2:53.53) in 2014 in Toronto.
It became apparent both were on pace to become world record holders when each runner reached the 20-mile mark.
“Around mile 16 is where I started feeling pretty good and started picking up the pace a little bit,” said Richards, who competed in the Olympic Trials earlier this year.
“I started to gradually pull away. I felt pretty confident at that point, but also just knowing that there are a lot of things can happen when you’re running that many miles and things can turn pretty bad in a hurry. I felt strong enough to where I thought I wouldn’t totally blow up and die.
“It was really advantageous not having to worry about any kind of weather or any hills.”
Said Kieffer: “(At the start) I was looking at every single lap to go: ‘This is really terrible and what did I do to myself?’
“But once I got into a groove I felt a lot better and started to get excited during the middle of the race. I got a little too excited and I paid for it at the end.
“I went a lot faster than I thought I would. I was trying to run a 2:50 and not be super close to it where I would feel too much pressure. I ran under 2:45 but I wasn’t going to try to run that fast because it gets harder for next year (breaking the record).”
Richards and Kieffer each received $5,000 for breaking the world indoor record as well as $1,000 for being the men’s and women’s champion, respectively.
Men’s runner-up Anthony Migliozzi of North Canton Ohio also broke the previous world indoor record with a 2:24.02 time and received $500. Calum Neff of Houston finished third with a 2:28.52 mark and won $250.
Sunday morning is the final day of the team portion of the Armory NYC Indoor Marathon.
The inaugural Armory NYC Indoor Marathon included 44 teams and 223 runners for the three-day event.