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Tres Speedy Field Lining Up For ME’s B2B 10K

Fast, Deep World Class Field
Set for 2012 TD Beach to
Beacon 10K Road Race

 

Aheza
Kiros of
Ethiopia returning to defend women’s title while men’s
field
includes 11 distance athletes with sub 28:00 10Ks on the
roads

 

CAPE
ELIZABETH, Maine

(July
25, 2012)
‰ÛÓ
The deepest and most talented world-class field ever
assembled for the
TD Beach to Beacon 10K will toe the line for the special
15th running
of the acclaimed road race on Saturday, Aug. 4 in Cape
Elizabeth, Maine, race
organizers announced Wednesday.

 

The
30+ men and women distance runners in the 2012 field
include some of the top racers on the American circuit
as well as a strong contingent
of Kenyan and Ethiopian track athletes who narrowly
missed the London Olympics,
where some would have contended for medals.

 

The
men’s field features 11 runners who have recorded
sub 28:00 10Ks in their careers, with even faster times
on the track, putting
the race’s 9-year-old course record (27:28) in jeopardy.

 

In
the women’s race, returning champ Aheza Kiros of
Ethiopia is pitted against a stellar field with no less
than six runners with
sub 31:30 10Ks, including two women with the fastest
times ever on the course
as well as fellow Ethiopian Aberu Kebede, who might be
the most talented
distance athlete in the world not competing in London,
according to Larry
Barthlow, the elite athlete coordinator for the TD Beach
to Beacon (www.beach2beacon.org).

 

“I
really believe we’ve put together the deepest
overall field we’ve ever had, something special for the
15th
running,” Barthlow said. “We have runners who have been
winning on
the American roads this year, but also many new faces
fresh off the tracks in
Europe who are determined to make some noise here. With
the right conditions,
both course records could fall.”

 

Running
icon Joan Benoit Samuelson, winner of the first
Olympic marathon for women in 1984 and founder of the TD
Beach to Beacon 10K in
her native Maine, agreed.

 

“With
all the excitement surrounding the London Games,
this field is going to showcase a number of
Olympic-caliber athletes right here
in Maine,” said Samuelson, who will join the field this
year to
commemorate 15 years. “Many of our athletes who just
missed the cut on
their Kenyan or Ethiopian Olympic teams would have been
competing for medals at
5000 or 10,000 meters in London.”

 

Prize
money
for the winner of the men’s and women’s races is $10,000.
In
all, nearly $60,000 in prize money will be awarded to the
top finishers and
place winners in the various categories for men and women.
A $2,500 bonus also
is available for any runner who breaks an open course
record.

 

The
men’s field is wide open, Barthlow said, with at
least eight runners in legitimate contention for the
title.

 

One
of the favorites is Atsedu Tsegay, 20, of
Ethiopia, whose 58:47 in Prague this spring remains the
fastest half marathon
in the world so far in 2012 and is only 24 seconds off
the world record. He is
an Olympic team alternate for Ethiopia with a personal
best (PR) of 27:46 at
10K.

 

He
will be challenged by another young Ethiopian, Abera
Kuma
, 21, who finished fifth at the 2011 World
Championships at 5000m
(13:26) and clocked a 27:18 at 10,000m two weeks ago in
Belgium.

 

Lucas
Rotich
,
22, of Kenya, is back
after finishing second at the 2011 TD Beach to Beacon
(27:56) and winning the
Falmouth Road Race a week later. He has since recorded a
blazing 26:43 on the
track at 10,000m.

 

Then
there’s Kenyan Stanley Biwott, 26, who
broke course records at both the Paris Marathon
(2:05:11) and Paris Half
Marathon (59:04) already in 2012. And keep an eye on
Ethiopians Gebretsadik
Abraha
, 20, who took silver at the 2010 World
Junior Championships at
10,000m, and Azmeraw Bekele, 26, winner of the
10,000m at the 2011
Ethiopian Athletic Championships.

 

Ed
Muge
,
29, of Kenya, who won the
TD Beach to Beacon 10K in 2008 (setting a PR 27:52) and
2009, is back for his
fifth consecutive race. He finished third last year and
fifth in 2010.

 

The
field is so deep that one of the most decorated runners
on the American road race circuit so far in 2012 ‰ÛÓ Allan
Kiprono
,
22, of Kenya ‰ÛÓ is almost an afterthought among title
contenders. Kiprono
has already won three major road races ‰ÛÓ Bellin Run,
Lilac Bloomsday Run
and Boulder Bolder 10K ‰ÛÓ and is returning after
finishing fifth in 2011
and second in 2010.

 

Who
else? Lelisa Desisa, 22, is an alternate on the
Ethiopian
Olympic team after recording a 27:12 earlier this
summer. Lewis Nyariki,
23, of Kenya, has run 27:22 at 10,000m. Kiplomo
Kumatai
, 30, of Kenya,
is returning to the TD Beach to Beacon for the first
time since his third place
finish (a PR of 27:59) in 2008 and has recorded 27:17 on
the track. Sammy
Chelanga
, 27, of Kenya, was an NCAA Cross Country
champion at Liberty
University and set an NCAA record at 10,000m (27:08.49).

 

The
leading American entered is Sean Quigley, 27, a
top U.S. distance runner and former NCAA champion at
LaSalle.

 

On
the women’s side, Aheza Kiros, 26, is back
after becoming the first Ethiopian woman to win the TD
Beach to Beacon title
(32:09) in 2011. She will likely need a significantly
faster time to compete
this year ‰ÛÓ although her 31:06 PR at 10,000m suggests
she is more than
capable.

 

Lineth
Chepkurai

knows all about
speed along the picturesque TD Beach to Beacon course.
The 24-year-old Kenyan
shaved 26 seconds off the course record with a
blistering 30:59 to win the 2010
race. It was the first sub 31:00 10K ever on Maine soil.
She has finished in
the top 10 in the World Cross Country championships
three times, and also won
the Lilac Bloomsday Run and the Bay to Breakers three
times each. Her PR for
the 10K is 30:45.

 

The
woman with the second fastest time (31:07) on the TD
Beach to Beacon course is Wude Ayalew, 25, of
Ethiopia, who finished
second to Chepkurai’s record setting performance in
2010. She returned a
week later to beat Chepkurai at the Falmouth Road Race.
Ayalew is in top form
after finishing second at the 2011 All-Africa Games. She
has ran 30:11 at
10,000m.

 

Aberu
Kebede
,
22, of Ethiopia, just
missed making the highly-competitive Ethiopian Olympic
team and will be anxious
to put on a good show, Barthlow said. Her 1:07.39 is the
second fastest Half
Marathon ever run by an Ethiopian. She earned a bronze
in the Half at the World
Championships and her 2:20:33 marathon is among the top
20 all time for women.

 

Two
top Russian distance athletes are in the field. Valentina
Galimova
, 25, is a Russian 10,000m champion who
finished a disappointing
fifth at the 2012 Olympic qualifier while Kseniya
Agafonova
, 29, a
Russian indoor champ who finished fifth at 5000m at the
2007 IAAF World Athletics
Final and has a PR of 31:08 at 10,000m.

 

Other
top contenders include: Margaret Wangari-Muriuki,
26, of Kenya, who finished sixth at the 2010 World Cross
Country Championships
running barefoot and second at the African Cross Country
Championships earlier
this year; Pauline Njeri-Kahenya, 27, of Kenya,
who is on the rise after
recording a PR 31:25 in Paris in April; Rita Jeptoo,
31, of Kenya, the
2006 B.A.A Boston Marathon champ who has clocked 31:12
at 10K; and Jelliah
Tinega
, 26, of Kenya, who finished second at the
2011 TD Beach to Beacon
and has victories at the Bellin Run and Cherry Blossom
10-Mile Run already in
2012.

 

A
strong contingent of American women also is entered. Lindsey
Sherf
, 25, took fourth at the 2012 USA 15K
Championship and second at the
USA 25K Championship. The Harvard graduate has recorded
a personal best 32:51
at 10K. Rebecca Donaghue, 36, finished fifth at
the 2009 TD Beach to
Beacon, which she followed up with an impressive second
at Falmouth a week
later. This year, she finished in the top 20 in the U.S.
Olympic trials for
both the marathon and 10,000m. Katie McGregor,
34, finished 11th
at the U.S. Olympic marathon trials in Houston after
narrowly missing the 2004
and 2008 Olympics with consecutive fourth place finishes
at 10,000m, where her
PR is 31:21. She took second at the 2011 USA 10K
Championship.

 

The
professional athletes will join a race
day field of 6,000 for the TD Beach to Beacon 10K, one of
the gems on the U.S.
road race circuit. The race begins near the Crescent Beach
State Park entrance
on Route 77 in Cape Elizabeth and ends 6.2 miles later in
Fort Williams Park at
the Portland Head Light, the most photographed lighthouse
in America.

The race is directed by Dave McGillivray of DMSE Sports (www.dmsesports.com),
who
also directs the B.A.A Boston Marathon and is regarded as
one of the best
in the business.

 

TD
Bank is the title sponsor of the race
founded by Olympic gold medalist and running icon Joan
Benoit Samuelson, who
grew up in Cape Elizabeth and trained along the same
roads.

 

In
addition to TD Bank, other major corporate
partners this year include Hannaford, Poland Spring,
MaineHealth, Fairchild
Semiconductor, Nike, Northeast Delta Dental, IDEXX and
WCSH6. For additional
information about the race, visit www.beach2beacon.org
or call the race hotline at (888) 480-6940.

 

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TD
Beach
to Beacon 10K Road Race – List of Elite Athletes ‰ÛÓ as of
7-25-12

Bib      
Name                                       
Age     
Country            
10K
PR

2         
Lucas
Rotich                            
22        
Kenya              
27:56   

4         
Atsedu
Tsegay                         
20        
Ethiopia           
27:46   

5         
Stanley
Biwott                          
26        
Kenya              
—        

6         
Ed
Muge                                  
29        
Kenya              
27:52   

7         
Azmeraw
Bekele                       
26        
Ethiopia           
27:43   

8
         Gebretsadik
Abraha                  
20         Ethiopia           
28:03t  

9         
Allan
Kiprono                           
22        
Kenya              
27:42   

10        
Lelisa
Desisa                           
22        
Ethiopia           
27:57   

11        
Silas
Kipruto                            
27        
Kenya              
27:28   

12        
Vincent
Yator                           
22        
Kenya              
27:24   

13
        Abera
Kuma                             
21        
Ethiopia           
27:52   

14        
Lewis
Nyariki                            
23        
Kenya              
27:22t  

16        
Kiplomo
Kumatai                      
30         Kenya              
27:59   

17        
Stephen
Kipkosgei-Kibet          
25        
Kenya              
27:52   

19        
Sean
Quigley                           
27        
USA                
28:03t  

20        
Lani
Rutto                                
23        
Kenya   &nbsp

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