Move over John Isner and Nicolas Mahut. There’s a new marathon man in town, and his name is Justin Gimelstob.
But don’t worry. Your records are safe. Gimelstob is just planning to run a little race that you may have heard of called the ING New York City Marathon. (Will Meb Keflezighi and Derartu Tulu defend their 2009 victories? Will Shalane Flanagan be the first American women in 32 years to win? Will Justin Gimelstob finish, or will the flu that he has been battling recently defeat him?)
The race kicks off tomorrow morning in Staten Island and traverses 26.2 miles through all five boroughs of New York City before ending in Central Park. According to Tennis.com, tennis pro entrants also include Amelie Mauresmo and Yannick Noah. This will be the first marathon for Gimelstob, pictured below with one of his race teammates.
The story of Gimelstob’s entry (after Andy Roddick bet him $10,000 that he couldn’t finish in under 4 hours and 45 minutes) and training has been well documented – by The New York Times back in August, The New York Times yesterday, and The Wall Street Journal, among others – and we’ll be cheering him on tomorrow!
(Photo: Twitter @justingimelstob)