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US Olympic Hopefuls warm up with NYRR's UAE Healthy Kidney 10K

April 03, 2012 at 10:15am EST | by Barbara Huebner

Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall, and Abdi Abdirahman—the entire 2012 U.S. Men's Olympic Marathon team—will compete in the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K on Saturday, May 12.

"It's the first time NYRR will host a complete Olympic men's marathon team prior to the Games, and we couldn't be more excited to be a part of this talented trio's road to London," said New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg in making the announcement.

The three will be chasing a first-place prize of $25,000, the largest winner's purse in the world for a 10K.

Keflezighi, 36, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the marathon and the 2009 ING New York City Marathon champion, won the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials on January 14, finishing in a personal best time of 2:09:08. In his only appearance in the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K, in 2005, he finished third.

Hall, 29, the 2008 Olympic Trials champion, followed 22 seconds later in 2:09:30. Last spring, Hall recorded the fastest marathon ever run by an American when he finished fourth in the Boston Marathon in 2:04:58. This will be his debut at this race.

Abdirahman, 35, became a four-time Olympian when he secured the third and final spot 17 seconds behind Hall, in 2:09:47, which was his fastest marathon since 2006. He is a four-time U.S. 10,000-meter champion (2001, 2005, 2007, 2008), and has earned 13 U.S. titles in his career. This will be the fourth time Abdirahman has competed in the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K; his best finish was sixth in 2010.

The times of Keflezighi, Hall, and Abdirahman marked the first time in Trials history that all three team members ran under 2:10.

"Anytime I get the chance to race in New York City I get excited," said Hall, who will be competing for the first time since the Trials. "Every year I have followed the results and looked forward to the year when I could race the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K myself. The road to London starts here."

The eighth-annual UAE Healthy Kidney 10K, sponsored by the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, will begin at 8:00 a.m. on May 12 near 62nd Street on Central Park's West Drive. World record-holder Leonard Patrick Komon of Kenya won last year in 27:35, setting a Central Park record.

On Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., EDT, NYRR will host Abdirahman and long-time training partner, Bernard Lagat, in a media teleconference. Journalists should contact Drea Braxmeier or Lauren Loeb of the NYRR media relations department for more information.

To read the complete press release on the UAE Health Kidney 10K headliners, click here

 
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