The 1996 Olympian from Liberia will compete in the Liberia Marathon in 2022
Liberians of all genders, ages and backgrounds, regional athletes and international guests continue to register for the highly anticipated 2022 Liberia Marathon as they prepare to turn Monrovia and Paynesville into one big running party.
After marathon world record holder Brent Weigner confirmed he would travel to Liberia to run the marathon, 1996 Liberian Olympian Edward W. Neufville confirmed he would travel to Liberia to run the marathon. 2022.
The 2022 marathon, the official sporting event of the bicentenary celebration, is scheduled for Sunday August 21 in three categories: 10 km, half marathon (21.1 km) and full marathon (42.2/26.2 miles).
About Edward W. Neufville
Before becoming a lawyer, Edward “Eddie” Neufville was an accomplished college and international athlete. Edward W. Neufville is one of the University of North Carolina’s greatest international competitors of all time, having been on the Olympic and world championship teams for his native Liberia. As a member of the 4×100 meters relay team, he competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics and the 1997 World Championships in Athletics, setting a Liberian national record on both occasions.
“I felt very blessed, honored and lucky to have participated in the Olympic Games for my country at such a young age (19 years old). It was a feeling of accomplishment and also a feeling of giving back to Liberia. Liberia was in a civil crisis in 1996. The opportunity to represent Liberia and provide a positive image of Liberia was satisfying. It was out of this world! – Edward Neufville, 1996 Olympics for Liberia
His time at Carolina included an All-American performance as a member of the 4×100 relay team that finished fourth at the 1999 NCAA Outdoor Championships. He still holds a top five in school history at 60 meters hurdles. In 2007, Neufville was inducted into the University of North Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2004, he founded the Law Office of Edward W. Neufville, III, LLC a full-service United States immigration and nationality law firm. Mr. Neufville, a person who stutters, is an experienced litigator, a skilled negotiator and a passionate lawyer. Mr. Neufville has appeared before US federal courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and immigration courts across the United States. He was named Maryland Super Lawyer Rising Star three years in a row (2009, 2010, 2011) and most recently in 2019.