The New York Road Runners announced their American elite lineup for the 2014 New York City Marathon on Nov. 2.
Olympians Kara Goucher and Desiree Linden (formerly Davila) headline the women’s field, while Boston rematches await on the men’s side.
“Kara, Desi, and Ryan (Vail) are, along with Meb (Keflezighi), some of America’s most established and adored distance runners,” NYRR CEO Mary Wittenberg said in a press release. “As they lead the way through the City’s five boroughs and diverse running communities on Marathon Day, we’re sure they’ll inspire not only the 50,000-plus runners following in their footsteps, but the next generation of great American marathoners as well.”
Goucher has been sidelined by injuries since the 2013 U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships. New York will be her first marathon since a sixth place finish at the 2013 Boston Marathon.
“Since I ran my first marathon in New York City in 2008, I have wanted to go back and run again,” Goucher said in a press release. “I am so excited after a year of injuries and changes that my return to ‘marathoning’ happens here. New York City is a very special place for me, as I was born in Queens. I have always loved the city, and I have felt a special connection since running my first marathon there.”
Linden is also on the mend after an injury forced her off the course at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. She was fifth at the 2013 Berlin Marathon and 10th at 2014 Boston Marathon.
The women’s field is rounded out by American record holder Deena Kastor, 2008 Olympian Blake Russell, 2013 USA Marathon champion Anne Bersagel and 2:28 marathoner Lauren Kleppin.
In addition to Kefezighi, the New York City Marathon has reunited several of the top American men from April’s Boston Marathon. Nick Arciniaga of Flagstaff, Ariz., was seventh in Bostonand Josphat Boit was 11th with a personal best of 2:12:52.
Nike Oregon Project runner Luke Puskedra will make his marathon debut. He previously represented the United States at the 2012 IAAF Half-Marathon Championships. Working with three-time New York City Marathon champion Alberto Salazar helps as his eyes may be set on the marathon for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.
New York by the numbers:
3 - Kara Goucher made her marathon debut with a third place finish at the 2008 New York City Marathon. Her time of 2:25:53 is the fastest time by an American woman on the course.
2:20 - Minutes and seconds that separate Meb Kefezighi and Vail, the top American at the 2013 New York City Marathon. Vail set a personal best of 2:10:57 at the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon.
7 - There are seven American women entered in the race with personal bests of 2:30 or lower. This is a first for the New York City Marathon.
8 - Nick Arciniaga’s sixth-best marathon performance was an eighth place finish at the 2009 New York City Marathon. In 2013, he ran 2:13:11 for the win at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, where he out-kicked Josphat Boit for the U.S. National Title.
10 - Desi Linden (formerly Davila) rose to prominence with her second place finish at the 2011 Boston Marathon. She made the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, but did not finish the marathon in London due to a stress fracture in her femur. This is her New York City debut after a 10th place finish in April’s Boston Marathon.
41 - American record holder Deena Kastor is still competitive at the age of 41. She won half-marathons in March and April.