Kiwi runner Kimberley Smith on cusp of pay day

Last updated 15:05 11/10/2013

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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.

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