South African athlete Gerda Steyn is gearing up for the New York City Marathon. Steyn, who won the Two Oceans Marathon earlier this year, was invit
South African athlete Gerda Steyn is gearing up for the New York City Marathon.
Steyn, who won the Two Oceans Marathon earlier this year, was invited to join a field of elite women that are considered to be one of the most competitive in recent years.
She told Eyewitness News she’s been preparing for a course that’s a little different to the one she’s familiar with.
“New York, of course, is known for its bridges that you have to climb. It’s not the flattest or the fastest in the world. But I trained on hills a lot in South Africa, Johannesburg.“
It’s her first time in New York and she says knowing she’s part of a line-up that includes the best women runners at the moment, makes it all the more memorable.
“That makes me feel even more excited, and more special for me to be part of this amazing race.“
At least 50,000 people are expected to take part in the marathon.