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“These are the folks that are crossing their fingers today. They have about a 1 in 10 chance of getting in,” Wittenberg told WCBS 880 reporter and former NYC marathon runner Marla Diamond. “I think we’re now harder to get into than Harvard.”
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When asked why she wanted to run in the New York City Marathon, one runner said, “Because I’m crazy!”
Another said, “It’s either this or start wearing sweats to the office.”
Wittenberg says there are no plans to change the course of the race, but in the future they may be able to add more runners by adding to the staggered start times.
2009 men’s winner Meb Keflezighi will compete in the New York City Marathon this fall, and he’ll be joined by Olympic speedskating gold medalist Apolo Anton Ohno.READ MORE: U.S. Government Sells Wu-Tang Clan Album Forfeited By Convicted Hedge Fund Manager Martin Shkreli
The New York Road Runners announced Wednesday that Keflezighi will compete along with defending champions Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia and Edna Kiplagat of Kenya.
Keflezighi will run his seventh NYC Marathon. He hopes to qualify for the marathon at the 2012 London Olympics and use the race as training ahead of the games.
The 35-year-old Keflezighi won the New York City Marathon in 2009, the first American to do so since 1982. Ohno will be running his first marathon.
The New York Road Runners say the 2010 event had an economic impact of $340 million.
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