British great Paula Radcliffe is running New York on Nov. 2. Radcliffe, who set the first of her two world records in the marathon (and an appearance on Oprah's show) at Chicago, runs to win, not set records, these days. It would be fun to see her try Chicago again sometime. We wish her the best of luck in the Big Apple. Here is part of today's press release from the New York Road Runners Club.
New York, October 1, 2008—World record-holder Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain will return to the streets of New York to defend her title at the ING New York City Marathon 2008 on Sunday, November 2, it was announced today by New York Road Runners president and CEO and race director Mary Wittenberg .
A year ago Radcliffe, 34, amazed the world with an inspiring victory in New York just 10 months after the birth of her first child, daughter Isla, on January 17, 2007. She pulled away from Ethiopia ’s Gete Wami in the final mile to capture the title in 2:23:09.
Unbeaten in New York , Radcliffe captured her first crown in 2004 in dramatic fashion when she out-dueled Kenyan Susan Chepkemei by three seconds in the closest women’s finish in race history.
A third win would lift Radcliffe into second place for the most New York victories, behind the legendary Grete Waitz of Norway , who amassed an astounding nine New York City Marathon wins.