American athlete Lindsey Scherf will be going after the indoor world marathon record of 2:42:30 at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York on March 17th.
The 42.195-kilometre (26-mile, 385 yards) race will take place on the 200-metre track and requires competitors to complete 211 laps.
The New York Road Runners are putting on the event for the second consecutive year with a prizing structure where $1000 is awarded for the win and $5,000 for a new indoor world record.
In 2017, two world indoor records were set with Allie Kieffer running 2:44:44 for the women’s win and the men’s winner was Malcolm Richards who finished in the time of 2:21:56.
“Yes, I am going for the record and looking to have a fun time” said the 31-year-old Scherf. “The Armory indoor track is where I got my start running in 1996, so it is a fun hometown thing for me.”
Scherf has a long history of racing from as short as 1500-metres to the marathon and has competed in every road and cross-country distance in between. She will test the waters of ultra-running this spring.
“Later, I’m going for the American record at 50k en route at the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon in South Africa (56km)—- I get motivated chasing records so those two are attainable for me so I’m just having fun with it and taking on these unique opportunities with zero pressure.”
She owns a marathon best of 2:32:19 from Duluth, which she ran in 2015.
Scherf ran a marathon in Miami in January, finishing in the time of 2:48:35. Two weeks prior, she was in Naples taking in a half-marathon and crossed the line in the time of 1:15:13
The event also includes a marathon relay race the day before.
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