The World's Running Elites to Clash at 2024 United Airlines NYC Half Ahead of Paris Olympics

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The upcoming United Airlines NYC Half on March 17, 2024, will showcase a spectacular array of talent with 11 Olympians including Kenenisa Bekele, Conner Mantz, Clayton Young, Jenny Simpson, Des Linden, and Edna Kiplagat, as announced by the New York Road Runners (NYRR). This event promises to be a thrilling preview for athletes setting their sights on the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Kenisha Bekele from Ethiopia, making his second appearance in a NYRR event, and Mantz and Young are set to lead the men's division following their top-two finishes at the United States Olympic Marathon Trials. The women's division is equally competitive, featuring a blend of Olympic veterans and world champions like Linden, Simpson, and Kiplagat, alongside other international stars aiming for glory.

In the men's division, Mantz, from Provo, Utah, is eager to build on his previous performance at the NYC Half, aiming to enhance his preparation for Paris 2024. Young, also from Provo, is excited for his debut at this event, following closely behind Mantz in recent competitions. The field will be further enriched by Bekele, one of the greatest distance runners in history, who returns to New York with ambitions of victory.

The women's race will not lack star power, with Linden, a two-time U.S. Olympian and Boston Marathon winner, leading the American contingent. Simpson, making her half marathon debut, brings her track prowess to the roads of New York, while Kiplagat seeks to add a NYC Half title to her illustrious marathon career. International contenders like Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal, Fatima Gardadi, and Malindi Elmore add depth to a highly competitive field.

Highlighting the wheelchair division, American Romanchuk aims for his third NYC Half title, having shown his exceptional talent in previous editions and at the Paralympics. Schipper from the Netherlands, a decorated paratriathlete, and Correll, a promising young American athlete, are also among the top contenders.

The 2024 United Airlines NYC Half, therefore, is not just a race but a gathering of global running elites, making it a must-watch event for fans and a crucial stepping stone for athletes on the road to the Paris Olympics.


NameCountryResidencePersonal Best
Abel KipchumbaKENIten, KEN58:07 (Valencia, 2021)
Gabriel GeayTANBabati, TAN59:42 (Houston, 2020)
Zerei KbromNORStavanger, NOR1:00:01 (Copenhagen, 2022)
Kenenisa BekeleETHAddis Ababa, ETH1:00:22 (London, 2020)
Conner MantzUSAProvo, Utah1:00:55 (Hardeeville, S.C., 2021)
Zouhair TalbiMARColorado Springs, Colo.1:01:08 (Houston, 2023)
Tomonori YamaguchiJPNTokyo1:01:16 (Ageo, 2023)
Clayton YoungUSAProvo, Utah1:01:18 (Hardeeville, S.C., 2021)
Yemane HaileselassieERIFlagstaff, Ariz.1:01:24 (Houston, 2024)
Shadrack BiwottUSAFolsom, Calif.1:01:25 (San Diego, 2014)
Reed FischerUSABoulder, Colo.1:01:37 (Houston, 2020)
David NilssonSWEStockholm, SWE1:01:40 (Gdynia, POL, 2020)
Taishi ItoJPNTokyo1:01:50 (Marugame, JPN, 2023)
Rei MatsunagaJPNTokyo1:01:56 (Ageo, 2023)
Fernando CabadaUSABoulder, Colo.1:02:00 (Houston, 2014)
Filmon AndeERIFlagstaff, Ariz.1:02:20 (Philadelphia, 2023)
Matt BaxterNZLFlagstaff, Ariz.1:02:38 (San Jose, 2021)
Tristan WoodfineCANOntario, CAN1:02:40 (Boston, 2023)
Yenew Alamirew GetahunETHBronx1:03:05 (RBC Brooklyn, 2023)
Tim McGowanUSABoston1:03:54 (Philadelphia, 2023)
Eduardo GarciaISVGreenville, S.C.1:03:59 NR (Houston, 2024)
Desta Utura GedoETHNew York1:04:28 (Barcelona, 2023)

Women's Elite:

NameCountryResidencePersonal Best
Gladys ChepkuruiKENIten, KEN1:05:46 (Barcelona, 2022)
Cynthia LimoKENIten, KEN1:06:04 (Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE, 2016)
Karoline Bjerkeli GrøvdalNOROslo, NOR1:07:34 (Copenhagen, 2023)
Edna KiplagatKENLongmont, Colo.1:07:52 (Houston, 2024)
Fabienne SchlumpfSUIWetzikon, SUI1:08:27 NR (Dresden, 2021)
Diane Van EsNEDRotterdam, NED1:09:31 (Barcelona, 2024)
Lindsay FlanaganUSABoulder, Colo.1:09:37 (Houston, 2020)
Jackie GaughanUSABoston1:10:01 (Houston, 2024)
Malindi ElmoreCANKelowna, CAN1:10:11 (Gifu, JPN, 2023)
Annie FrisbieUSAMinneapolis, Minn.1:10:14 (NYC Half, 2022)
Fatima GardadiMARRabat, MAR1:10:28 (Tamensa, MAR, 2021)
Desiree LindenUSACharlevoix, Mich.1:10:34 (Naples, Fla., 2011)
Jenny SimpsonUSABoulder, Colo.1:10:35 (Houston, 2023)
Fantu Zewude JifarETHNew York1:13:37 (Krakow, POL, 2019)
Marie-Ange BrumelotFRAShokan, N.Y.1:13:46 (RBC Brooklyn, 2022)
Sarah Ann SibertUSANew York1:13:54 (Valley Cottage, N.Y., 2023)
Demitu Hawas LenjisoETHNew York1:14:16 (Hawassa, ETH, 2022)
Alexandra ConwayUSANew York1:15:05 (Valley Cottage, N.Y., 2023)
Gabrielle YatauroUSANew York1:15:59 (RBC Brooklyn, 2022)
Leigh Anne SharekUSABrooklyn1:16:17 (RBC Brooklyn, 2023)
Melissa ReedUSANew York1:16:22 (Valley Cottage, N.Y., 2023)
Ana JohnsonUSACity Island, N.Y.1:17:22 (RBC Brooklyn, 2019)
Alyssa SaleseUSAHuntington, N.Y.1:17:26 (RBC Brooklyn, 2022)
Aileen BarryUSAManhasset, N.Y.1:17:41 (RBC Brooklyn, 2023)
Madeleine KingUSANew York1:17:57 (Philadelphia, 2023)
Leila MantillaUSANew York1:18:20 (Valley Cottage, N.Y., 2023)
Shannon McCarthyUSAHoboken, N.J.1:18:26 (RBC Brooklyn, 2023)
Emily RoystonUSANew York1:18:30 (NYC Half, 2023)
Alana LevyUSANew York1:19:57 (Sacramento, 2023)
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