JEFF SCHIEBLER TO MAKE HIS MARATHON DEBUT AT NEW YORK
Canada's best male distance runner tipped for new national record
New York, Sept. 12, 2002- Canadian national record holder in the 3,000m,
5,000m, 10,000m and half-marathon, Jeff Schiebler will take on the longest
challenge of his career when he makes his marathon debut at the 2002 New
York City Marathon on Sunday Nov. 3rd it was announced today by race
director, Allan Steinfeld.
"Jeff is a track veteran so November 3rd will be a step up for him, but he's
primed for it," said Steinfeld, the president and CEO of the New York Road
Runners. "Canada may very well have a new national record holder for the
marathon on their hands and we are proud that it could happen here at the
New York City Marathon."
The Canadian national marathon record of 2:10:09 set by Jerome Drayton at
Fukuoka, Japan, Dec. 7, 1975 is one of the longest standing road running
records in the world
A native of Vancouver, Schiebler (SHEEB-ler) has spent the last six years
living and training with the NEC Electronics Team in Japan. Schiebler, 29,
is a two-time Olympian at 10,000m in 1996 and 2000.
This year Schiebler represented Canada again at the Commonwealth Games in
Manchester, England in the 5,000m (13th place, 13:49.02) and 10,000m (6th
Schiebler holds the Canadian national records at 3,000m (7:43.42, Aug. 25,
1998 Lausanne, Switzerland); 5,000m (13:13.96, Sept 1, 1998, Berlin);
10,000m (27:36.01, May 4, 2001, Palo Alto) and half-marathon (1:01:28, Jan
15, 1999, Tokyo).
The men's and women's champions of the 33rd running of the NYC Marathon will
each earn $80,000 plus a Pontiac Vibe. The 2002 New York City Marathon is
expected to draw an open field of around 30,000 participants.
Inaugurated in 1970 with 127 entrants, the New York City Marathon has grown
into the world's premiere road race, featuring 30,000 participants, some 2.5
million live spectators, a leading elite field, and a guaranteed prize purse
of more than $475,000. Broadcast across the nation and in 125 countries
worldwide, the 26.2-mile footrace is the United States' most watched one-day
sporting event. The New York City Marathon takes place the first Sunday in
November each year and is the premier event of the New York Road Runners,
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