New York:Two-time defending New York City Marathon champion Jelena Prokopcuka of Latvia and Boston Marathon winner Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia will run in the New York Mini 10K on June 9.
Prokopcuka, a two-time Olympian, was runner-up to Lornah Kiplagat of the Netherlands in 2005 and 2006, when Kiplagat finished in 31 minutes, 27 seconds to win by seven seconds.
Grigoryeva will be making her debut in the world's original women-only road race, which was first run in 1972.
The field also includes 2004 world cross country champion Benita Johnson of Australia and Commonwealth Games medalist Mara Yamauchi of Britain. Olympic silver medalist Catherine Ndereba of Kenya withdrew because of illness.
The prize purse for the New York Road Runners race is $30,000, with $10,000 going to the winner.
A bonus of $5,000 will be given to any runner who breaks the event record of 30:29 set by Asmae Leghzaoui of Morocco in 2002.