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Loaded New Haven 20K Field Includes 3 Female Olympians

 

Three
Olympians coming to Faxon Law New Haven 20K

 

New
Haven
:  As host of the USA
Men’s and Women’s 20K Championship, the 37th annual Faxon
Law New Haven Labor Day Road Race features their best
elite field to date.
 
(Photo by Victah Sailer/photorun.net) 

 

This
year the women’s field features three US Olympians and two
former Faxon Law New Haven 20K Champions.  Providence’s Molly
Huddle, the versatile 2012 U.S. Olympian in the 5K,
currently holds the American 5K record and won this year’s
7 mile US National Championship (Davenport, IA). The field
also includes 2008 U.S. Olympian and 2005 Faxon Law 20K
Champion, California’s
Blake Russell. The third Olympian, Providence’s
Amy Hastings, won
the
2014 US
1OK Championship (Atlanta)
and also represented the US in the
10,000 meters in the 2012 Olympics. Retuning to defend her
2013 20K Faxon Law 20K title is Minnesota’s Meghan
Payton. Colorado’s Amy
Van Alstine, the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Champion (Boulder), and Arizona’s
Kellyn Johnson, 2014 25K Champion (Grand Rapids), are
expected to finish near the top on Labor Day.

 

The
men’s field is also competitive this year. Michigan’s
Christo Landry, has won US Championships this year at the
25K (Grand Rapids), 10K (Atlanta), and 10 mile (Washington
D.C.) distances. Colorado’s
Sean Qigley, this year’s 7 mile National Champion (Davenport, IA)
and past Faxon Law 20K champion (2010), returns to New Haven
this year. Oregon’s
Shadrack Biwott (2nd place 2013 Faxon Law New Haven 20K) and Utah’s Luke Puskedra (2nd
place 2012 Faxon Law New Haven 20K) are
expected to challenge for the top spot.

 

 “This is the first
time we have had three US Olympians compete at the same
time in the women’s field,” said John Tolbert, Elite
Athlete Coordinator. “With a cool day the Women’s 20K
American record could be in jeopardy.”

 

The female
and male 20K winners will again be receiving the Ryan Shay
Memorial Award. Ryan passed away while participating in
the 2007 Olympic Trials Marathon in New York City.  The award is in
recognition of Ryan’s hard work and dedication to the
sport, as well as longtime support of the New Haven Road
Race.  Ryan ran
the 20K for four years from 2004-2007 and placed won in
2004.

 

This
year’s race features a prize purse of nearly $45,000 in
prize money and will be held on Labor Day, September 1st,
on the New Haven Green. This year’s event begins with the
Kids Run at 8:15
a.m. and is followed by the 20K and 5K at 8:40 a.m.  A crowd of 7,000
runners are expected to participate in the event. 
For
race information call (203) 481-5933 or visit
newhavenroadrace.org.  
The Faxon Law New Haven Road
Race sponsors include Faxon Law Group,
Trailblazer, Amity Physical Therapy, WPLR and the City of
New Haven.

  

Faxon Law New Haven
20K Elite Field

 

 

First
Name

Last
Name

City

St

Accomplishments

 

 

 

 

 

Women

 

 

 

 

Meghan

Peyton

Richfield

MN

Winner
’13 Faxon Law
New Haven 20K

Molly

Huddle

Providence

RI

American
5K Record Holder, ’12
US Olympian 5K

Amy

Hastings

East Providence

RI

US
Olympian 10K ’12, 10K
USA Champ ’14 – Atlanta

Blake

Russell

Pacific Grove

CA

US
Olympian Marathon ’08, ’06 Faxon Law
New
Haven
20K Champ

Kellyn

Johnson

Flagstaff

AZ

USA 25K
Champ ’14 –
Grand Rapids

Amy

Van
Alstine

Flagstaff

AZ

USA Cross
Country Champ ’14
Boulder, CO

Caitlin

Comfort

Madison

WI

3rd USA 1/2 Marathon Championship ’14 – Houston

Brianne

Nelson

Fort Collins

CO

4th USA 25K Championship ’14 – Grand Rapids

Wendy

Thomas

Windsor

CO

4th USA 1/2 Marathon Championship ’14 – Houston

Lindsay

Scherf

Chapel Hill

NC

5th USA 15K Championship ’14 Jacksonville

Clara

Santucci

Dilliner

PA

5th USA 1/2 Marathon Championship ’14 – Houston

Kristen

Zaitz

Broomfield

CO

1:13 1/2
marathon best

Allison

Mendez

Austin

TX

1:13 1/2
marathon best

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