Meb Keflezighi to Run NYC Marathon-Olympic Trials 'Double'

Meb Keflezighi shares his Top 10 thoughts after winning the 2009 NYC Marathon

Elite marathon runner Meb Keflezighi plans to run both the ING New York City Marathon and compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials, Runner's World reports. Keflezighi, who won the NYC Marathon in 2009, is the only elite American runner planning to run both races, which are just two months apart.

That might seem like ample time to rest, but Keflezighi must place in the top three at the Trials to make the Olympic team, no easy feat coming off—he hopes—a repeat of his 2009 win in New York. And this year's race is stacked with top competitors. Genbre Gebremariam, who took third in this year's Boston Marathon, and Edna Kiplagat, the bronze medalist at Virgin London Marathon, both plan to compete in New York this November. 

"This timing and challenge is very similar to 2004, when I won the silver medal at the Olympic Games and was the runner-up in the ING New York City Marathon 70 days later," Keflezighi told Runner's World.

We're looking forward to hearing his next Top 10 thoughts.

--Michael Webster

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