FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Galen Rupp Added to Galaxy of U.S. Stars in NYC Half
Rupp joins Keflezighi, Hall, Abdirahman in his first
13.1-mile pro race on March 20
New York, March 2, 2011- U.S. Olympian, two-time U.S. 10,000-meter
champion, and USA indoor 5000-meter record-holder Galen Rupp is the latest
addition to a galaxy of American stars at the NYC Half on Sunday, March 20,
it was announced today by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary
In his first 13.1-mile race ever and only his second professional road
race, Rupp will join the previously announced powerhouse trio of U.S.
Olympians Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi, and Abdi Abdirahman, along with
standouts Patrick Smyth and Jason Lehmkuhle. The women's field features
U.S. Olympian and World Championships bronze medalist Kara Goucher and USA
Half-Marathon Championships runner-up Serena Burla.
"This is one of the most significant debuts the sport has seen," said
Wittenberg. "We have cheered Galen through high school and college, and now
it is our turn to cheer for him on the streets of New York, and look
forward to many more opportunities to come."
Rupp, 24, of Portland, OR, earned back-to-back victories in the 10,000
meters in 2009 and 2010 at the USA Championships. He also set the American
5000-meter indoor record of 13:11.44 on February 19. Rupp is second on the
all-time U.S. list for the 10,000 meters in 27:10.74. He competed in the
2008 Olympics in the 10,000 meters, where he finished 13th overall.
"I am excited to be able to participate in the NYC Half. With an emphasis
on strength in my training this winter, I feel like this is a great time to
try and tackle a longer distance," said Rupp. "The half-marathon will allow
me to challenge myself in new ways, both mentally and physically. I am
thrilled for this opportunity, and couldn't be happier that my first
half-marathon will be in the streets of New York."
Growing up in Portland, Rupp was first coached by Alberto Salazar during
high school. This helped lead him to a strong NCAA career at the University
of Oregon that included holding all five distance titles during the 2008–09
season: cross country, 3000 and 5000 meters indoors, and 5000 and 10,000
meters outdoors. He is the only athlete in NCAA history to achieve this
"As Galen's coach, the NYC Half appealed to me because Galen had done a
tremendous amount of training with much higher mileage than normal to
prepare for a 10K in Christchurch in February," said Salazar. "Due to the
tragic earthquake, that meet was cancelled. I believe that it will be in
Galen's interest to compete in a race out of his normal comfort zone
against some of the best half-marathoners in the world. This experience and
what he learns from it will make him better on the track this summer."
This will mark Rupp's first time racing professionally in New York City. In
high school, he competed at the Armory, and while redshirting in 2008, he
competed in the Milrose Games.
The NYC Half will again offer the largest half-marathon prize purse in the
United States: $100,000. The men's and women's champions will each earn
$20,000, the largest first-prize checks for a non-marathon race in the
country. The race continues to attract leading professional athletes and
recreational runners from around the world.
On a course designed to celebrate New York City, the NYC Half will take
runners on a loop through Central Park, down Seventh Avenue through Times
Square, across 42nd Street, and along the expansive West Side Highway to
Battery Park in the heart of the city's financial district, finishing with
a view of the Statue of Liberty.
New York Road Runners
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advancing the sport of running, enhancing health and fitness for all, and
meeting our community's needs. Our goal is to use the expertise acquired in
our 52-year history to empower all people to live fitter, healthier lives
through participation in our races, community events, instruction and
training resources, and youth programs. Our races and other events draw
more than 300,000 people each year. The ING New York City Marathon, NYRR's
premier event, is the largest and most inclusive marathon in the world,
attracting the world's top professional runners every year and raising
$30.8 million for charity in 2010. NYRR's running-based youth programs,
which currently serve more than 100,000 children in hundreds of schools and
community centers, promote children's health and fitness, character
development, and personal achievement in underserved communities. For more
information, visit www.nyrr.org.