U.S. men’s 3,000 and 5,000m record holder and two-time Olympian Bob Kennedy will run the first marathon of his career November 7 at the ING New York City Marathon 2004.
Kennedy joins 2004 U.S. Olympic women’s marathon team member Deena Kastor as the second official entrant in this year’s professional athlete field.
Kennedy, 33, of Indianapolis, owns American records of 7 minutes, 30.84 seconds in the 3,000 meters and 12:58.21 for 5,000 meters. He is the only American ever to break 13 minutes for 5,000 meters, and he owns four U.S. titles in that event. Though he has been plagued by injury and illness in recent years, Kennedy has recently returned to form and is the reigning USA 10 km road (28:35) and USA Cross Country 12 km (35:03) champion.
Twice an Olympian at 5000 meters, Kennedy finished 12th in Barcelona in 1992 and sixth in Atlanta in 1996. In the Atlanta race, he thrilled the home crowd when he briefly took the lead midway. Kennedy was seventh in the 1995 World Championships at 5000 meters and sixth at the 1997 World Championships.
“I’ve thought about the marathon for some time, but have not felt as though the time was right for this new challenge until now,” said Kennedy. “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to take this next step in my athletic career at one of the world’s greatest footraces, the ING New York City Marathon.”