Olympic medalist to receive recognition award for distance running

Tergat is being recognized for his running careerBy Jonathan Bennett

Paul Tergat from Kenya, who has won the ING New York City Marathon in 2005 and is an Olympic medalist and Guinness Book of World Records holder, has been named the recipient of the 2010 Abebe Bikila Award.

The recognition award, which is presented by the New York Road Runners (NYRR), has been presented every year since 1978 to a runner who has made an outstanding contribution to the world of distance running, according to Universal Sports.

Previous winners for the recognition award include Bill Rodgers, Alberto Salazar, Fred Lebow, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Grete Waltz and Paula Radcliffe.

"Paul is richly deserving of this honor in recognition of his great career as a champion on the race course as well as all of his humanitarian efforts off the course," NYRR president and chief executive officer (CEO), Mary Wittenberg, told the news provider.

According to The New York Times, Tergat, who is 41, broke the world record for the 10,000 meter marathon, by completing it in 26 minutes and 27.85 seconds, a feat he completed in 1997.