New York— Meb Keflezighi, the 2014 Boston Marathon champion and winner of the 2009 New York City Marathon, and Caroline Wozniacki, formerly the top-ranked player in the world and winner of the recent Istanbul Cup, will run as Team for Kids Ambassadors at the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 2, 2014, it was announced today by Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners.
Keflezighi, 39, of San Diego, CA, lengthened his remarkable stay atop the U.S. marathon rankings with a victory at the 2014 Boston Marathon, becoming the first American man to win the race since Greg Meyer in 1983. Similarly, in 2009, he became the first American since Alberto Salazar in 1982 to win the New York City Marathon. Keflezighi’s sixth-place finish in 2011 was his sixth top-10 finish at the race.
“I am excited to be running the TCS New York City Marathon for the ninth time. This is a very special race and city for me,” Keflezighi said. “Additionally, I am honored to be a Team for Kids Ambassador and raise funds for the MEB Foundation.”
A three-time Olympian, Keflezighi captured the silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Marathon and took fourth place in the 2012 London Olympic Marathon, the only top-five performances by an American man in the event since Frank Shorter’s silver-medal performance in 1976. Keflezighi, a former American record-holder at 10,000 meters, has won more than 20 national championships in track and field, cross country, and road racing.
Wozniacki, 24, of Odense, Denmark, captured the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup on July 20; it was her 22nd WTA title. She held the number-one spot in the WTA rankings for 67 weeks during 2010 and 2011, after qualifying for her first Grand Slam tournament final at the 2009 U.S. Open. In June of 2009, Wozniacki became the first Danish player in history to rank among the world’s top 30 women. A two-time Olympian, she was the 2006 Wimbledon junior singles champion. Wozniacki is currently ranked number 13 in the world by the WTA and will be competing in the 2014 U.S. Open, which will begin on August 25. The TCS New York City Marathon will be her road-racing debut.
“I can’t wait to trade my tennis racquet for a pair of running shoes and take part in the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon as a New York Road Runners Team for Kids Ambassador,” said Wozniacki. “I grew up in a family where sports were a huge part of our lives, and I learned from a young age the importance of being active. That’s why running for Team for Kids is so important to me. When I cross the finish line in Central Park, it will be one of the most rewarding days of my life, not only because of the personal accomplishment, but also because it will help thousands of kids to get healthy and fit through sports.”
Approximately 300 official charity partner organizations and more than 7,000 charity runners are expected to raise over $25 million in donations while participating in the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon.
(From New York Road Runners Press Release)