It’s easy to get lost in the towering shadow of two national record attempts in the same race with Bernard Lagat and high schooler Lukas Verzbicas. Then there was last night’s sprint by 95-year-old Ida Keeling, which showed that running is more than a sport but can become a lifestyle.
Bernard Lagat claimed his fifth American indoor record by erasing Doug Padilla’s time of 8:15.02 set in 1990, in a showcase race set up for record chases. High school distance phenom Lukas Verzbicas, who went after the high school national record, instead clocked the third-fastest time in American history, 8:43.24.
Illinois distance phenom Lukas Verzbicas will join Bernard Lagat Saturday night as Lagat in the 2-mile at the NYRR Saturday Night at The Armory III, meet director Jack Pfeifer confirmed late last night.
New York — The USA’s most decorated middle-distance runner of the last decade, Bernard Lagat, will bid to fill out his hand with an unprecedented fifth national indoor record, this time at the two-mile distance, at the NYRR Deuce Record Challenge at the Armory on Saturday, February 12, it was announced today by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.