30 Dec '13, 7pm

5 wishes we hope to see for the marathon in 2014:

3. That a new crop of American elites emerges.
 Other than Shalane Flanagan ’s fourth-place finish at Boston, it was a tough year for the top U.S. marathoners. Ryan Hall withdrew with injury in advance of Boston and New York City. Kara Goucher was sixth at Boston, but then didn’t start New York City because of injury. Meb Keflezighi scratched from Boston with injury, and ran the slowest marathon of his career, 2:23, at New York after his build-up for that race was also compromised by injury. The fastest American man of the year was Dathan Ritzenhein, who ran 2:09:45 at Chicago in a year in which 2:05 became the indisputable benchmark for a world-class time. Ritzenhein and the rest of the U.S. marathon stars are in their 30s, and are closer to the end than the beginning of their top competitive days. U.S. running needs some young track stars—your Chris Derricks, your Lisa U...

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