New York, USA – American Mile record-holder Alan Webb will make a rare appearance on the roads, opening his Olympic-year campaign at the Central Park Challenge on Saturday, 15 March. The race will serve as the USA Men’s 8K Championships.
Webb, a 2004 Olympian and a member of the U.S. World Championships teams in 2005 and 2007, is the first professional athlete named to a men’s field that will feature a host of America’s best distance runners from the mile to the marathon.
Of course, Webb, 25, is hardly a road racing novice, having taken a road victory in the Continental Airlines® Fifth Avenue Mile in September 2007, holding off the defending champion, Kevin Sullivan of Canada, in the closing metres to claim his first victory on the streets of New York City. He also finished second in the 2005 Fifth Avenue Mile.