Meb Keflezighi, the three-time U.S. Olympian and 2009 New York City Marathon champ, will be setting the pace in the ninth annual United Arab Emirates Healthy Kidney 10K race. The competition, administered by the New York Road Runners and sponsored by the Embassy of the United Arab Immigrates, will weave through Central Park, swing past the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other West Side landmarks, with the eventual winner breaking the tape in Central Park. The race will be hotly contested, continuing the rivalry of runners from Kenya and Ethiopia.
The winner will receive a check for five figures ($25,000) with a second-place finish earning $12,500 and the third-place finisher receiving $6,000. Also, a bonus of $30,000 will be presented if a runner breaks the course record set by Kenya’s Leonard Patrick Komon in 2011. The likes of world-class Kenyan distance runners Leonard Patrick Komon, Edwin Soi (2008 Olympic 5,000-meter bronze medalist) and Moses Kipsiro, as well as Ethiopia’s Abera Kuma and Uganda’s Moses Kipsiro, should make for a great 10K race.
Americans Jon Grey and Bobby Mack, as well as the Australians Collis Birmingham and Brett Robinson, are all capable of breaking the tape on Saturday, May 11. Also note that all bags will be checked and other security measures will be in place. There will be a security screening process and race fans are being urged not to bring bags into the park.