Kiwi runner Kimberley Smith on cusp of pay day
New Zealand distance runner Kim Smith is closing in on her second $US100,000 winner's cheque in as many years.
The 31-year-old marathon specialist is set for the third and final leg of the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) Distance Medley, the BAA Half Marathon, on Monday morning NZ time. The Providence-based athlete won the Medley in 2012 to pocket the winner take all $100,000 and is in a good position to repeat the series win this year.
Smith holds a handy lead in the series after the 5km and 10km races, calculated on cumulative time, and will be hoping to close out the series and take home the US$100,000 pay check for the overall winner.
The three-times Olympian, originally from Papakura, was selected to compete in the 10,000m at the Moscow World Championships, but was forced to withdraw after missing a key six-week block of training with injury.
Smith has been training well since then and also plans to run the New York Marathon on November 3, a race she has placed fifth in twice, in 2010 and 2011.
She was also scheduled to run in the 2012 New York Marathon which was cancelled following Hurricane Sandy.