OSSINING, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Ossining’s Khalid Khannouchi.
Khalid Khannouchi, an Ossining resident, turns 45 on Monday.
Khannouchi, a marathon runner, was born Sept. 12, 1971 in Meknes, Morocco. He is the former world record holder for the marathon and former holder of the world's best road time for the 20-kilometer distance. He is one of only five men to break the marathon world record more than once, and one of only four to break their own marathon world record.
Khalid had a falling out with the Royal Moroccan Athletics Federation over training expenses and moved to Brooklyn in 1992 with three of his friends. He married an American, Sandra Inoa, in 1996 and she now coaches him and acts as his agent. They set up home in Ossining. He became a U.S. citizen on May 2, 2000. As of 2013, Khalid holds the American record for the marathon, with a time of 2:05:38 at the London Marathon in 2002. Ryan Hall ran faster in 2011, 2:04:58, but that was in the point-to-point Boston Marathon, considered an assisted course because of the elevation drop.
Khannouchi officially retired on March 27th, 2012 due to reoccurring foot injuries since 2003.