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Notebook: Mutai Sets Tone for NYC Defense

September 23, 2013 at 1:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, who won the 2011 ING New York City Marathon in a course-record time of 2:05:06, on Sunday won the Italy’s Udine Half Marathon in 59:06, the fourth-fastest time in the world this year.

Always speedy, Mutai, 31, finished almost two minutes ahead of the runner-up. “I felt tired from 15km,” Mutai told the IAAF. “I was aiming at breaking my personal best (58:58 set in Ras Al Khaimah in February) but I narrowly missed it.” That time ranks as the third-fastest in 2013, just four seconds behind the leader.

Also in 2011, Mutai recorded the fastest marathon ever run, 2:03:02, in winning the Boston Marathon, a course that is not record-eligible. His most recent marathon was a victory in Berlin last year in 2:04:15, the fastest marathon in world for 2012 and the fourth-fastest all-time.

Mattie Suver Wins Cow Harbor 10K

With a sprint in the last 100 meters, Mattie Suver overcame Amy Aan Alstine for the narrowest victory in Cow Harbor history, 33:31.74 to 33:33.23.

“My legs were shot, pretty much dead and I was hoping I wouldn’t fall over,” Suver, who is tuning up for her ING New York City Marathon debut on November 3, told Race Results Weekly.

The win is another highlight of what’s been a great year so far for the 26-year-old Suver, who trains with the American Distance Project in Colorado Springs, CO: She has finished in the top five in four U.S. road championship races, and set personal bests in three.

Bumbalough, Huddle Win U.S. 5K Titles

Andrew Bumbalough became a U.S. road champion for the first time on Sunday, while Molly Huddle won the U.S. 5K title for the third time in four years on her home course in Providence, RI, at the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K. Read the Providence Journal story on the race here.

Goucher “Lets Go” of 2013 NYC Dream

A stress fracture of the second metatarsal on her right foot forced Kara Goucher to withdraw last week from the ING New York City Marathon. The race, at which she ran the fastest debut marathon by an American in history (2:25:33) when she finished third in 2008, holds a special place in Goucher’s heart, and she writes in her blog about how much she was looking forward to a return.

Ryan Vail Notches 151-Mile Week

American Ryan Vail is not only training for his ING New York City Marathon debut, but he is faithfully blogging about it. He gives the latest high-mileage update here.