Nov. 7, 2011
VILLANOVA, Pa.--At the 43rd running of the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday former Villanova great Bobby Curtis made a terrific debut in the first marathon of his career. Curtis was the fifth American to finish and came in 15th overall with a time of 2:16.44 on the world-famous, five-borough New York course.
Curtis averaged a mile pace of 5:14 over the entire distance of 26.2 miles and maintained a pace of under five minutes per mile for at least a seven-mile stretch during the first half of the race. The setting for his first marathon came at one of the premier marathon events in the world, with more than 47,000 runners going through the starting gate.
During his collegiate career Curtis was a national champion for the Wildcats in the 5,000 meters and since then has become one of the top American runners in the 10,000 meters. He is considered a medal hopeful in the 10,000 meters at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and had the fastest time in the 10K by an American this year (27:24.67). Curtis also ran a half marathon in Philadelphia recently and finished ninth overall, as well as first among all American entrants.
Curtis was an eight-time All-American and six-time BIG EAST champion during his Villanova career and is one of only two Wildcats to win the 5,000 meter title at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He captured back-to-back conference titles in the event in 2007 and 2008 and preceded his national title in the 5,000 meters with a runner-up finish one year earlier.
In addition, Curtis earned All-America recognition four times indoors and twice in cross country, where he finished as high as fourth overall as a senior. Curtis is a two-time BIG EAST individual champion in cross country, bookending his collegiate career with conference titles in 2004 and 2007.
As a senior in 2007-08 Curtis was chosen as the university's Male Senior Student-Athlete of the Year in recognition of both his athletic accomplishments and his academic success. He earned BIG EAST Academic All-Star accolades on two occasions and graduated with a degree in Economics.
Given the incredible tradition of Villanova distance runners, the timing could not have been better for Curtis to be running his first marathon in New York this past weekend. The Wildcats are coming off of sweeping the men's and women's cross country BIG EAST titles two weeks ago and the teams were recognized with congratulatory ads that appeared in Times Square during the weekend.
See the links at the top of this release for more news on Curtis and the New York Marathon.