Wednesday, March 23, 2011

NYC Half opens new horizons for Galen Rupp

Watching Galen Rupp run through Central Park and on the thoroughfares of lower Manhattan it was easy to get a sense for where his future lies.

Yes, Rupp has more goals to accomplish on the track. He’d like to be faster at 5,000 and 10,000 meters. He’d like to be in contention for a medal on the final lap of a race in the stadium at an Olympics. And at 24, he still has time to make a stronger mark on the sport.

The way he moved on the roads, however, is more than a little eye-opening. Rupp wiped out, sprawled to the pavement, and still got up and beat Meb Keflezighi by more than two minutes, Ryan Hall by more than three.