USA Women (2nd), Men (3rd) at Bolder Boulder 10K

Assefa, Chepkurui Capture BolderBOULDER 10K Titles 

again sweeps International Team Challenge; Hastings (4th),
Carney (5th) top Americans; Team USA second (women) and third
(men); race record 54,554 entrants as well as millionth finisher
at 33rd edition

By Mike Sandrock, Running USA wire



BOULDER, Colo. – (May 30, 2010) – After going out too fast in last year’s Dick’s Sporting Goods BolderBOULDER 10K and leading her unsuspecting teammates into early oxygen debt and a third-place team finish, Renee Metivier-Baillie vowed to run smarter this year. That she and her teammates, Amy Hastings and Magdalena Lewy Boulet, did on this cloudy Memorial Day, placing second in the 2011 International Team Challenge.


The American women scored
19 points, coming just two points shy of upsetting powerhouse
Ethiopia for the team title. Kenya, led by race champion Lineth Chepkurui in 32:30, was third with 26. Team Colorado, comprising Adriana Pirtea, Colleen De Reuck and Zoila Gomez, was also in the money in fifth place.


Ethiopia swept the men’s
and women’s International Team Challenge titles for the third
straight year, with the professional runners starting after a
race record number of Bolder citizen entrants of 54,554 (with
49,271 finishers) on a new course.


In the first course
change since 1981, the starting line was moved closer to the
Folsom Field finish on the University of Colorado campus, to
make for better loading and unloading of the runners and walkers
comprising the 92 “waves” or starting groups.


“It worked out great,” said race founder Steve Bosley.
His son, race director Cliff, pointed out that the start of
the professional women’s race was delayed 16 minutes, because of the
large number of people wanting to register Monday morning.

What also worked great was the teamwork displayed by the U.S. runners.


Boulder’s James Carney and teammates Ryan Hall and Aaron Braun placed 5-7-12 to place third behind Ethiopia who edged Kenya by one point, 12 to 13. Team Colorado (Jason Hartmann, Fernando Cabada and Brian Medigovich) also earned prize money, placing fourth.


Ethiopian 10,000 meter specialists Belete Assefa and Solomon Gonfa went 1-2, followed by Kenyans Allan Kiprono, who trains in Boulder under Dieter Hogan, and MacDonald Ondara.
The winning time of 29 minutes, 23 seconds was not especially
fast, but the BolderBOULDER is all about competition for the
professional runners, said Ethiopian Hussen Adelo.


“When we race against Kenya, it is a fight!” he exclaimed through a translator, making boxing motions with his fists.


Local favorite Carney
runs well at the BolderBOULDER. On Monday, he ran with Hall
until 3½ miles, where the course climbs west towards the
mountains before turning south and cresting at 4 miles. That is
where Carney then caught Braun, and he picked off the faster starters
on his way to his fifth-place finish (30:17), good for $1600 as
well as his share of $17,500 team prize. Both totals include
U.S. Olympic training funds.


“You line ’em up, and
I’ll knock ’em down,” a happy Carney said, after standing with
the other elites and the capacity crowd inside the football
stadium. Everyone looked up as two F-14 fighter jets flew over,
and grew silent during the moving playing of taps and singing
of the national anthem, all part of what has become the largest
Memorial Day gathering in the nation.


The most visible of the
runners pre-race was 2008 Olympian Hall, coming off his epic
Boston Marathon run just six weeks ago.


“I was pleased with my
race,” Hall said. “I just wanted to enjoy the ride, coming off
my 2:04. This is icing on the cake; the crowd was amazing, like
the Olympics.”


The rivalry between Kenya
and Ethiopia was reminiscent of the Olympics as well. This was
the fifth consecutive Ethiopia win in the men’s race, but as
close as it could be after last year’s 1-2-3 Ethiopia sweep
that left the Kenyans privately fuming.


The third Kenyan in on Monday, Lani Rutto
in sixth, finished ahead of Adelo, the third Ethiopian scorer.
However, Adelo, a 2:09 marathoner, won it for his team in the
most exciting sprint of the day, outkicking Constantino Leon Lopez
of Peru at the 40-yard line by less than a tick of the clock
for 9th place. That was enough to keep the Ethiopian streak


Perhaps it was the new
start of the race, which is slightly uphill – the traditional
course had a slight downhill – but this year, the packs stayed
together longer, making for exciting team races on both the
men’s and women’s sides.


“I was hurting once
again,” said Metivier-Baillie, who showed true grit by running
on a gimpy leg she injured during the club cross country
championships in December. She has run just two races since
then, and had only two months of full training leading into the


Metivier-Baillie held her teammates back in the early going, unlike last year’s fast opening.


“It is a magical moment
working together as a team,” added Metivier-Baillie. “We were
second this time; next year, we will go for the win.”


Hastings, whose 2:27:03
at the Honda LA Marathon last March is the 8th fastest U.S.
women’s time ever, placed fourth in 34:20. The Mammoth Track
Club athlete said that with her focus on the 2012 Olympics, she
does not know if the same Team USA will be back for a third Bolder
next year, but she would like to return.


“The team aspect is so
exciting,” she said. “It is so much more fun, and the crowd at
the finish was amazing. Like the Olympics.”


Then Hastings paused. “Well, what I imagine the Olympics sound like. I have not been there … yet.”


At the 33rd edition, fittingly, a veteran, Mieszka Laczek-Johnson,
age 34 of Denver, became the race’s one millionth finisher
(the 20,801st finisher overall); she ran the 6.2 mile course in


33rd Dick’s Sporting Goods BolderBOULDER 10K: 14th International Team Challenge
Boulder, CO, Monday, May 30, 2011


1) Belete Assefa (ETH), 29:23, $3750
2) Solomon Gonfa (ETH), 29:28, $2750
3) Allan Kiprono (KEN), 29:36, $2000
4) MacDonard Ondara (KEN), 29:48, $1250
5) James Carney (USA), 30:17, $1600*
6) Lani Rutto (KEN), 30:24, $700
7) Ryan Hall (USA), 30:30, $1200*
8) Jason Hartmann (Team CO), 30:40, $1000*
9) Hussen Adelo (ETH), 30:45, $400
10) Constantino Leon Lopez (PER), 30:46, $300
11) Hicham Bellani (MAR), 30:49
12) Aaron Braun (USA), 30:52
13) Fernando Cabada (Team CO), 30:55
14) Paulino Canchanya Canchanya (PER), 30:57
15) Brian Medigovich (Team CO), 31:03
16) Abdellah Falil (MAR), 31:04
17) Julio Cesar Perez (MEX), 31:14
18) Jose Carlos Roxon (GUA), 31:27
19) Alfredo Arevalo (GUA), 31:30
20) Jeremias Solol (GUA), 31:44
21) Said Diaz Ceron (MEX), 31:50
22) Jaime Caldua Palma (PER), 31:59
23) Mohamed Fadil (MAR), 32:27
24) Neilson Hall (GBR), 32:36
25) Jon Peppers (GBR), 32:37
26) Jonathon Morales (MEX), 32:58
27) Matt Janes (GBR), 34:58


1) Ethiopia, 12 points, $15,000
2) Kenya, 13, $10,000
3) Team USA, 24, $17,500*
4) Team Colorado, 36, $13,500*
5) Peru, 46, $4000
6) Morocco, 50
7) Guatemala, 57
8) Mexico, 64
9) GBR, 76
*includes U.S. Olympic training funds


1) Lineth Chepkurui (KEN), 32:30, $4750
2) Mamitu Daska (ETH), 32:35, $3500
3) Meseret Mengistubiru (ETH), 34:06, $1500
4) Amy Hastings (USA), 34:20, $2250*
5) Claire Hallisey (GBR), 34:48, $800
6) Renee Metivier-Baillie (USA), 34:54, $1400*
7) Jelliah Tinega (KEN), 35:04, $600
8) Adriana Pirtea (Team CO), 35:09, $1000*
9) Magdalena Lewy Boulet (USA), 35:10, $800*
10) Yuri Kano (JPN), 35:17, $300
11) Yuko Watanabe (JPN), 35:20
12) Tigish Tufa (ETH), 35:56
13) Bertha Sanchez (COL), 36:28
14) Marta Ronceria (COL), 36:35
15) Colleen De Reuck (Team CO), 36:39
16) Zoila Gomez (Team CO), 36:45
17) Yumi Hirata (JPN), 36:53
18) Risper Gesabwa (KEN), 36:59
19) Leidy Tobon (COL), 37:20
20) Sarah Tunstall (GBR), 37:44
21) Angelica Sanchez (MEX), 37:54
22) Fabiola Fernandez (MEX), 37:56
23) Iracema Parra (MEX), 38:31
24) Mary Wilkinson (GBR), 39:23


1) Ethiopia, 17 points, $15,000
2) Team USA, 19, $27,500*
3) Kenya, 26, $7000
4) Japan, 38, $6000
5) Team Colorado, 39, $8000*
6) Colombia, 46
7) GBR, 49
8) Mexico, 66
*includes U.S. Olympic training funds


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