Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Bobby Curtis Moving Up in Distance for Philly Half Marathon?
Bobby Curtis has intimated over the past several months that he is interested in working toward a fall marathon. Toward that end, perhaps, rumor has it that Curtis will compete in the Philadelphia Half Marathon on September 18th. Curtis arrived at Villanova in 2003 as one of the country's most accomplished high school milers. He found his most success on the track at Villanova at 5000 meters, winning the NCAA title at that distance in 2008. Over the past two years, Curtis has been a top-five ranked American at both 5000 and 10,000 meters (he is the fastest American so far this year at the latter distance). It now looks like he'll make his professional half-marathon debut close to his adopted home in Philadelphia. Curtis has always been a rhythm runner who performs better on the track, so it will be interesting to see if he can translate his top 10,000 track times (he's the 5th fastest native-born American ever at that distance at 27:24.67) into equally top-flight times on the roads.