Meb Keflezighi: This will be Meb’s first marathon since his win at Boston.
Kara Goucher: Kara will be racing in the GOmeb Speed 3 (in custom colors to match her Oiselle race kit). She hopes to break 2:28.
Amber Sabathia: CC’s wife will be running to raise money for the PitCCh In Foundation. Tiki Barber will be racing for the same cause, as will Angie Martinez and Alexis Stoudemire (Amar’e’s wife). Diddy donated $26,000 to the cause – I suspect it was a payoff so he wouldn’t have to run.
Teri Hatcher: Teri (49 years old) will be trying to complete her first marathon.
Caroline Wozniacki: As mentioned in a previous post, Caroline Wozniacki will be running her first race ever!
Stephan Shay: Stephan will be running his first NYC Marathon since the death of his brother Ryan in 2007. As you may recall, Ryan collapsed on Cat Hill during the Olympic Trials Marathon in NYC and was pronounced dead a short while later. Stephan’s primary goal is to run under 2:18.
Deena Kastor: Deena made her marathon debut in NYC 13 years ago – she ran 2:26:59. On Sunday, she is trying to run under 2:25 (the current U.S. Master’s record is 2:28:40).
The One Millionth Finisher: Somewhere between 4 hours and 4 hours and 10 minutes, the NYC Marathon will have its one millionth finisher. That lucky finisher will get a photo with the winners, a $500 shopping spree and guaranteed entry for life.
$500,000: The World Marathon Majors jackpot is up for grabs. Dennis Kimetto is currently in first, but Wilson Kipsang can catch him with a strong performance.
West Africa: While East African countries will be well-represented, there are no runners from Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone.
Tatyana McFadden: Tatyana has been unstoppable of late. However, she does not have the fastest personal best in the field – that belongs to Wakako Tsuchida of Japan. Will someone finally beat Tatyana?
Check back later in the week for my NYC Marathon predictions!