Friday, March 5, 2010

NYC Half looming: dos Santos, Gebremariam and Cragg join the party

The additions to the lineup for March 21’s race are two-time ING New York City Marathon champion Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil, Irish 10,000-meter recordholder and former University of Arkansas stalwart Alistair Cragg, and 2009 World Cross Country champion Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia.

A 90-minute live broadcast of the event will start at 7:30 a.m. EDT on Universal Sports TV and be streamed on, with veteran sports broadcaster Bruce Beck hosting the show. “The broadcast of the race continues NYRR’s strategy of bringing the very best in road racing to a global audience,” explains New York Road Runners President and CEO Mary Wittenberg.

The previously announced NYC Half-Marathon professional entrants include marathon world recordholder Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia, 2009 ING New York City Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi, 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Deena Kastor, three-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman, two-time Olympic steeplechaser Anthony Famiglietti, 2006 NCAA Cross Country champion Josh Rohatinsky, 2009 London Marathon runner-up Mara Yamauchi of Great Britain, 2008 NYC Half-Marathon runner-up Madaí Pérez of Mexico, and 2009 Hokkaido Marathon champion Kiyoko Shimahara of Japan.
The NYC Half-Marathon will 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.