The New York City Marathon is one of the world’s greatest road races, drawing more than 100 000 runners.
Muzhingi last raced in the Comrades Marathon in South Africa in May and has been preparing for the more prestigious New York marathon.
The race attracts many world-class professional athletes and has U$650 000 for the winner. The Comrades Marathon, which Muzhingi has won three times, has R250 000 (US$31, 647) for the winner.
The 41st edition of the New York Marathon is set to test Muzhingi’s strength as one of the best athletes in the world. The race is broadcast live on television and attracts 315 million viewers worldwide.
As any one of the more than 700 000 past runners will attest, crossing the finish line in Central Park is one of the greatest “thrills of a lifetime”.
Muzhingi tweeted last Thursday that his participation in the New York Marathon was a dream come true.
“Anything around 2 hours 12 minutes would be a huge progress for me, so going for that, who knows, maybe it will be my day. Just got my travel details from my manager, I am excited now it’s all a reality.
“It’s gonna be cold in New York. I hope Nike USA will give me warm clothes, as there are no warm clothes from Nike South Africa. I can’t wait to be there, it’s a highlight and a dream come true for me to just be invited. I will give my best as always,” tweeted Muzhingi.
Muzhingi snubbed an invitation to take part in a race in South Africa to prepare for the New York Marathon.
But Muzhingi has to be at his best to beat the likes of Gebre Gebrmariam of Ethiopia who will be out to defend the title he won last year. He clocked 2:08:14s. Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya came second in 2:09:18s while his countryman Moses Kigen Kipkosgei came third in 2:10:39s. Abderrahim Goumri of Morocco came fourth in 2:10:51s with another Kenyan James Kwambai coming fifth in 2:11:31s.