Five women to watch at the New York City Marathon:
Paula Radcliffe, 34, Great Britain
The world marathon record holder, Radcliffe (pictured) is a two-time NYC Marathon champion (2004 and 2007). She has won seven of nine career marathons.
Dire Tune, 23, Ethiopia
Tune was an Olympian in Beijing this summer as well as the 2008 London Marathon champ.
Gete Wami, 33, Ethiopia
Wami won the Berlin Marathon last year, and then a month later, finished second to Radcliffe in New York.
Catherine Ndereba, 36, Kenya
A four-time winner in Boston and two-time champ in Chicago, Ndereba has finished on the podium in 16 of 17 career marathons.
Kara Goucher, 30, United States
A Queens native, Goucher is making her marathon debut. She finished in the top 10 in the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters in the Beijing games.Five men to watch at the New York City Marathon:
Paul Tergat, 39, Kenya
A two-time Olympic silver medalist, Tergat was the 2005 New York City Marathon champion and is a former marathon world record holder.
Abderrahim Goumri, 32, Morocco
Goumri finished second in the 2007 London Marathon, his marathon debut. He has followed up that performance with a second-place showing last year in New York and a third-place finish in London this year.
Henrick Ramaala, 36, South Africa
A four-time Olympian, Ramaala won the 2004 New York Marathon and finished second in 2005 after being edged out by Tergat.
Abdi Abdirahman, 36, United States
A three-time Olympian, Abdirahman is the only American ever to have run in three consecutive Olympic 10,000-meter finals (2000, 2004, and 2008).
Marilson Gomes dos Santos, 31, Brazil
The 2006 New York City Marathon champ, Gomes dos Santos holds the best time of any athlete from the Western Hemisphere in the half-marathon.
Photo of Paula Radcliffe by Getty