New York, February 22, 2022 – The 2022 United Airways NYC Half on Sunday, March 20 will characteristic the very best skilled athlete discipline in occasion historical past, with 24 Olympians, eight Paralympians, and 6 open division athletes who maintain half marathon nationwide information of their respective nations.
The open division will embody U.S. Olympic medalists Galen Rupp and Molly Seidel, together with American half-marathon document holder Sara Corridor, whereas TCS New York Metropolis Marathon champions and U.S. Paralympic medalists Tatyana McFadden and Daniel Romanchuk will goal to defend their titles within the wheelchair division.
The United Airways NYC Half is one in all New York Highway Runners’ signature races, taking runners from Brooklyn’s Prospect Park to Manhattan’s Central Park, and passing historic landmarks and numerous neighborhoods and sweeping views of town alongside the best way earlier than ending close to the enduring TCS New York Metropolis Marathon end line.
After being canceled in 2020 and never held in 2021 as a result of pandemic, the United Airways NYC Half will return at full scale this 12 months with an anticipated discipline of 25,000 runners – marking the primary NYRR race to return to its conventional discipline measurement. All skilled athletes within the discipline will probably be required to be absolutely vaccinated towards COVID-19.
Males’s Open Division
Rupp, the American record-holder within the 10,000 meters who gained silver within the distance on the London 2012 Olympics and bronze within the marathon on the Rio 2016 Olympics, will race the occasion for the second time, having beforehand completed third in 2011 on the occasion’s previous course.
“The United Airways NYC Half was my debut on the distance, and was solely the second street race of my skilled profession,” Rupp mentioned. “I can’t consider that greater than a decade has handed since then. It’s wild that the race will probably be greater than double the dimensions it was once I ran in 2011, and I’ve heard the Brooklyn-to-Manhattan course is difficult, however a terrific tour of the Large Apple. With the World Championships going down in my house state of Oregon later this summer season, I’m in search of the race to be a terrific stepping stone to all the pieces else I need to obtain in 2022.”
Difficult Rupp would be the 10K world record-holder Rhonex Kipruto from Kenya, and the American 5K record-holder Ben True, who in 2018 grew to become the primary American man to win the race within the open division. 5-time U.S. Olympian Abdi Abdirahman will make his tenth look within the occasion – his finest end was second place in 2007 – whereas U.S. Military officer Elkanah Kibet will make his debut after ending as the highest American in fourth place total on the 2021 TCS New York Metropolis Marathon. Two-time NCAA cross-country champion and reigning U.S. half marathon champion Conner Mantz will make his New York Metropolis street racing debut.
Ladies’s Open Division
Eight-time nationwide champion Corridor, no stranger to New York because the two-time defending champion of the Mastercard New York Mini 10K, will enter the occasion because the quickest American within the distance, having damaged the nationwide half marathon document in Houston in January with a time of 1:07:15. She did so on the identical course the place her husband and coach, Ryan Corridor, broke the boys’s document 15 years in the past.
“My NYC racing profession began with my win on the Fifth Avenue Mile approach again in 2006, and alongside the best way I’ve damaged the tape on the Sprint to the End Line 5K on TCS New York Metropolis Marathon weekend and twice gained the New York Mini 10K in Central Park,” Corridor mentioned. “Till now, although, I’ve by no means stepped to the road on the United Airways NYC Half. Setting the American document over that distance final month offers me a ton of confidence as I practice for this new problem.”
Seidel will look to star in her first look within the race coming off a 2021 that included a bronze medal within the Tokyo Olympic marathon and an American course document and fourth-place end on the TCS New York Metropolis Marathon.
The deep U.S. ladies’s contingent additionally contains two-time Olympian and 2018 Boston Marathon champion Des Linden, 2021 Chicago Marathon runner-up Emma Bates, 2021 TCS New York Metropolis Marathon seventh-place finisher Annie Frisbie, two-time Olympian Kim Conley, and reigning U.S. nationwide champions Erika Kemp and Makena Morley.
The People will face a stacked group of worldwide ladies that features two-time World Championships silver medalist Senbere Teferi of Ethiopia, 2021 European Cross-Nation Championships gold medalist Karoline Bjerkeli-Grøvdal of Norway, and two-time World Championships gold medalist and former New York, Boston, and London Marathon winner Edna Kiplagat of Kenya.
Males’s Wheelchair Division
Romanchuk, a two-time Paralympic medalist and two-time TCS New York Metropolis Marathon winner, will look to defend his title within the occasion after profitable in 2019 in 51:35. In 2018, Romanchuk grew to become the primary American and youngest athlete ever to win the boys’s wheelchair division on the TCS New York Metropolis Marathon, and repeated as champion in 2019. Final 12 months, he gained his first set of Paralympic medals, taking 400-meter gold by one hundredth of a second after which profitable bronze within the marathon.
A trio of College of Illinois freshmen – Evan Correll, Philip Croft, and Jason Robinson – will line up alongside Romanchuk, as all three make their half marathon debuts.
Ladies’s Wheelchair Division
McFadden will headline the ladies’s wheelchair division as an NYRR Staff for Youngsters Ambassador, a six-time Paralympian, 20-time Paralympic medalist, and the first-ever winner of the Abbott World Marathon Majors wheelchair sequence. In her profession, she has gained 5 New York Metropolis Marathons, together with 4 consecutively, and is now in search of her second consecutive and third total title within the United Airways NYC Half.
“I like this race. We get to run by all the nice NYC iconic spots,” McFadden mentioned. “It’s enjoyable seeing all the youngsters working in Instances Sq. as we go by; will probably be nice to be again after so lengthy.”
She will probably be challenged by Switzerland’s Manuela Schär, who gained the race in 2018 and 2015. The Swiss powerhouse racer took house 5 medals from her fifth Paralympic Video games in Tokyo final 12 months earlier than happening to win the Berlin, London, and Boston Marathons and end third in New York. Schär has gained three TCS New York Metropolis Marathons, along with her most up-to-date victory in 2019 marking the second-fastest time ever in New York Metropolis Marathon historical past.
The occasion’s 2017 champion Susannah Scaroni will return to the roads for the primary time since she was injured in a automotive accident final fall whereas coaching on the roads. She gained a gold and bronze medal on the Tokyo Paralympics final summer season and is the three-time defending champion of the Mastercard New York Mini 10K.
The 2022 United Airways NYC Half ladies’s open and wheelchair division skilled athlete fields are introduced by Mastercard.
Stay protection of the occasion will probably be obtainable on ABC New York, Channel 7 within the New York space from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET on race day, with a full livestream obtainable nationally and internationally at 7:00 a.m. ET on abcyny.com, ESPN3 and NYRR’s social media platforms.