March 12, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) Five weeks before he defends his Boston Marathon title, Meb Keflezighi is racing half that distance.

Keflezighi plans to run the NYC Half on Sunday.

''It's a good benchmark,'' he said of the 13.1-mile race. ''You can't always train, train, train.''

Last April, Keflezighi became the first American man in more than three decades to win Boston, a joyous scene at the finish line a year after the bombings there. Keflezighi will turn 40 just 15 days after defending his title, but he figures he has at least a few more marathons left in him.

He expects to run one in the fall, and it could be in New York in November, which would come just 3 1/2 months before the Olympic trials where he will try to qualify for the Rio Games. But he successfully pulled off the double when the turnaround was much tighter before the 2012 Olympics and figures it might be doable again even though he'll be four years older.

Sunday's field also includes 2012 Boston Marathon champion Wesley Korir. The women's race features defending champ Sally Kipyego, two-time NYC Half winner Caroline Rotich and top Americans Molly Huddle and Desiree Linden.

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