At 41, Bernard Lagat was the oldest member of the U.S. team at the Rio Olympics in 2016, but age is not holding him back from trying a new distance. Lagat will join defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor at the TCS New York City Marathon on November 4.
Lagat is a five-time Olympian (first as a Kenyan in 2000 and 2004, then as a U.S. citizen starting in 2008) and was the world champion at track distances of 1,500m, 3,000m and 5,000m five times between 2004 and 2012. He is the American record-holder in all three distances.
— Bernard Lagat OLY (@Lagat1500) August 15, 2018
Lagat also won the USATF 10K championship at the Peachtree 10K in Atlanta last month, becoming the oldest person ever to win this title.
It was Kamworor’s debut marathon when he won at New York last year, narrowly defeating Wilson Kipsang for the title. Kamworor also won the World Half-Marathon Championships in Valencia, Spain earlier this year.
Joining Lagat and Kamworor on the start line in New York will be Daniel Wanjiru of Kenya (2017 Virgin Money London Marathon champion), four-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman of the U.S., Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia (Boston Marathon winner in 2013 and 2015), Shura Kitata of Ethiopia (second-place finisher at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon), two-time Olympian Juan Luis Barrios of Mexico, Shadrack Biwott of the U.S. (who finished third at this year’s Boston Marathon), and 2016 Olympian Jared Ward of the U.S. Lagat, Abdirahman and Barrios train together in Flagstaff, Ariz.
— USATF (@usatf) July 4, 2018