Saturday, April 30, 2011
“The most common question we get is, ‘Can someone else pick up my packet for me?’” said Bloomsday Race Director Don Kardong. “The answer is yes, as long as the person picking up knows the exact name used to register, age and date of birth.”
While the Bloomsday weekend promises fun and excitement galore, one disappointing note has been the withdrawal today from the elite women’s field of three-time Bloomsday champion Lineth Chepkurui. Chepkurui has scratched to compete in a 10,000 meter track race instead, in an attempt to get a qualifying time for the 2012 Olympics.
“We’re disappointed, of course, at Lineth’s decision,” said Elite Athlete Coordinator Jon Neill, “But this does mean that there will be a new Bloomsday champion in both the men’s and women’s races, and we’re excited to see who steps up to take top honors.”
Along with Check-In, the Bloomsday Trade Show is in full swing, with a variety of sports, fitness, and general interest exhibitors on site. The Trade Show is open during the same hours as Check-In.
As Sunday morning approaches, Bloomsday has also announced that participants will be treated to a live starting line performance by stellar vocalist John Keston of Sun River, Oregon. Keston will sing "O, Canada" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" for runners as they wait for the race to begin. The 86-year-old is not only an outstanding singer, but also a noted actor and world-class age-group runner who holds a number of Bloomsday age-group records. He has performed at the Bloomsday starting line for the past ten years. Keston will also be signing copies of his new book, Expressions of Aging, on Saturday at the Trade Show.
Keston’s start line vocals will be a warm-up for a full slate of entertainment along the Bloomsday course, as 35 performers are scheduled for race day. This year’s on-course entertainment includes music to please a variety of tastes, including rock, pop, punk, blues, bluegrass, ska, oldies, accordion and Christian. The slate includes Small Town Nation, last year’s top vote-getters in the Best Bloomsday Performer competititon.
Bloomsday entrants will be able to vote for their favorite performers again this year by logging on to www.bloomsdayrun.org after the race, and prizes of $500, $300, and $150 will be awarded to the winning entertainers. A full listing of this year’s performers is on Bloomsday’s website by clicking Race Information, then On-Course Entertainment on the drop-down menu.
Streets in downtown Spokane will begin to close around 5:00 a.m. on Sunday. Additional details about road closures are on the Bloomsday website by clicking the Race Information button and choosing Road Closures on the drop-down menu.
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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Belete Assefa Hopes to Become First Ethiopian Champion
Spokane, Washington—The world’s best runners and wheelchair racers will be gathering in Spokane this Sunday for the 35th running of the Lilac Bloomsday Run. Leading the women’s field will be Lineth Chepkurui of Kenya, who will try to turn the tables on Ethiopia's Wude Ayalew, who beat Chepkurui by 11 seconds last Saturday at the Crescent City Classic in New Orleans. If successful, Chepkurui would become the first woman to win four Bloomsday titles in a row. The men's race, meanwhile, has suddenly opened up with the withdrawal of 2010 Bloomsday champion Peter Kirui, leaving the possibility of either Ethiopian Belete Assefa, last year's runnerup Julius Kogo, three-time Bloomsday champion John Korir, or one of a number of other tough international runners to capture top honors.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
SUNDAY A LUCKY DAY FOR BLOOMSDAY 35-ers
iPads, Sports Authority Certificates and Apparel for #35, 350, 3,500 & 35,000
Spokane, WA – World-class runners and wheelchair racers may be competing for nearly $100,000 in prize money, but at least four Bloomsday finishers farther back in the pack will also have a shot at more than a finisher’s shirt. In celebration of the 35th running of the Lilac Bloomsday Run, special prizes will be awarded to the 35th, 350th, 3,500th and 35,000th finishers. Each of those four will receive an iPad2 from Strong Solutions, a gift certificate from Sports Authority ($100 for #35, $50 for the others), an Inlander.com T-shirt and Bloomsday souvenir apparel.
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Saturday, April 23, 2011
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Designed for the runner who is constantly seeking improvement, Forerunner 610 is Garmin’s new flagship model, allowing runners to see how far, how fast, and how hard they have worked. Forerunner 610 won a Red Dot Design Award, a design competition.
Forerunner 610 uses a vibration motor for alerts such as heart rate, pace and distance when audible tones cannot be heard (heart monitor included in some bundles or available separately). With the heart rate monitor, Forerunner 610 also allows runners to track their training intensity via the new Training Effect feature, which measures the impact of exercise on aerobic fitness and lets users know how the workout improves their fitness during the workout.
With the Virtual Racer feature, runners can race themselves over their previous bests or against other users’. The information is taken from runs stored on the watch or downloaded wirelessly from the Garmin Connect running community, where other users log their workouts, track their totals, set goals, share workouts, and participate in an online fitness community of more than 50 million activities around the world. Garmin Connect displays metrics such as time, distance, pace, elevation, and heart rate. This information is shown through charts, illustrations, reports, and a variety of map representations including street, photo, topographic, and elevation maps.
A new run/walk alert allows Forerunner 610’s other features, such as, Auto Lap and Auto Pause, to remain active during a run/walk session.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
One day after the 2011 Boston Marathon, there is sad news to report for runners around the globe:
"Grete Waitz, the elite Norwegian runner who won nine New York City Marathons and a silver medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, died Tuesday after a six-year battle with cancer. She was 57." (The Associated Press)
Monday, April 18, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
DENVER - (April 5, 2011) - The Colorado Running Hall of Fame will hold its 5th annual induction ceremony for the 2011 class on Tuesday, April 19 at the Denver Athletic Club, and the 2011 inductee class is:
* Steve Flanagan is a U.S. World Cross Country Champion participant and marathon runner. In the 1970s, he ran for the Frank Shorter Racing Team and was a cross-country specialist for the Colorado Track Club. He is also the father of America's top female distance runner, Shalane Flanagan, who was a bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
* Libbie Hickman was named top female road racer in 1991, 1998 and 2000 by Runner's World magazine. The Colorado State grad ran the 10,000 meters at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and was the first American woman to win the Bolder Boulder 10K in 14 years in 1997. From Fort Collins, Hickman has largely retired from the sport in favor of chasing her two young children.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
QUANTICO, Va. - (April 4, 2011) - Comedian and "The Price is Right" game show host Drew Carey will make his half-marathon debut at the Marine Corps Historic Half on Sunday, May 15 in Fredericksburg, VA. Carey announced his plans to run in a March 14 tweet. In addition to running, Carey also will serve as the official starter of the half-marathon event, organized by the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM).
Carey, who is celebrating his dramatic weight loss, will join 8,000 Historic Half participants on the 13.1 mile run through the scenic and historic City of Fredericksburg.
Known for his trademark buzz cut and black wide-rim glasses, Carey is a former U.S. Marine corporal who served six years in the Marine Corps Reserves from 1981 to 1987. He was a communications center operator serving with the 4th Marine Division in Las Vegas and Cleveland.
"The Marines are proud Drew Carey is making the Marine Corps Historic Half his first half-marathon event," says MCM Director Rick Nealis. "His participation is certain to inspire others to pursue a healthy, active lifestyle."
Host of the CBS game show "The Price is Right" for the past five seasons, and creator, producer and host of "Drew Carey's IMPROV-A-GANZA" on GSN, Carey got his start in comedy with appearances in comedy clubs and on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." Carey has had the distinction of having two hit television shows simultaneously, "The Drew Carey Show," which ran from 1995 to 2004, and the improvisational show "Who's Line Is It Anyway?".
The Marine Corps Historic Half marathon is located halfway between the nation's capital in Washington, DC and the capital of the Commonwealth of Richmond, VA. The Marine Corps Historic Half marathon is coordinated by organizers of the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM). The 2011 Historic Half marathon is sponsored by New Balance, Geico and Mary Washington Healthcare. More information about the Historic Half and other MCM events is available at: www.marinemarathon.com
HOUSTON - (April 5, 2011) - The Houston Marathon Committee has increased its participant cap to 24,000 for the 40th anniversary of the Chevron Houston Marathon on Sunday, January 15, 2012. The Committee will also offer early registration for a limited number of runners who meet time qualification standards to receive a guaranteed race entry.
The raised cap represents a 2,000-participant increase over the 2011 cap and will be applied to the marathon field with 13,000 entries reserved for the marathon and 11,000 for the half-marathon.
"With the large number of guaranteed marathon entries allocated to runners who have completed five or more Houston Marathons, we wanted to allow more runners to participate," said Wade Morehead, executive director of the Houston Marathon Committee. "The marathon cap increase allows us to cater to our dedicated runners while at the same time offer more opportunities for others to take part in our event."
Runners who meet a four-hour and two-hour time qualification standard for the marathon and half-marathon, respectively, are eligible to receive a limited number of guaranteed race entries available during an early registration period which opens on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 8:00am CST and closes on Tuesday, May 31 at 11:59pm CST. A 10K qualifying time of 54 minutes or less may also be used to enter the half-marathon to allow an opportunity for newer runners to enter our race. Finisher times dating back to July 2010 may be used to qualify for early registration. A list of eligible qualifying races can be found at: chevronhoustonmarathon.com
Time qualification entries will be limited to the first 2,000 marathon and 1,500 half-marathoners who meet these standards and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If the time qualification fields are not fulfilled during early registration, the remaining race entries will be added to the open lottery pool.
In addition to time standards, runners who have completed five or more Houston Marathons, deferred 2011 race registrants and members designated by the Houston Area Road Runner Association (HARRA) are eligible to sign up early and receive a guaranteed race entry.
Race registration for the general public will open on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 8:00am CST and extend through Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 11:59pm CST. Runners must register online at chevronhoustonmarathon.com during the 23-day period. All registrants will be notified of their selection status no later than Monday, June 27, 2011.
Registration fees for the marathon and half-marathon races are $125 and $105, respectively.
A limited number of guaranteed race entries will also be available through a "Heroes" charity registration for both the marathon and half-marathon. The "Heroes" charity registration enables runners to make a direct donation of at least $350 to an official race charity of the runner's choice, plus the cost of registration, to secure a spot in either race. Official 2011-2012 Run for a Reason charities will be announced on Monday, May 2, 2011. This past January, the Run for a Reason program raised a record $2 million for 52 participating nonprofits.
The 2012 Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon and El Paso Corporation 5K will take place on January 15, 2012. Registration for the El Paso Corporation 5K will open on Thursday, September 15, 2011.
Additional details about 2012 race registration can be found at: chevronhoustonmarathon.com
HENDERSON, Nev. - (April 6, 2011) - As one of the top trail runners in Japan, Fujio Miyachi is trying to lead the way for some of his fellow citizens in need.
Miyachi has entered the XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run on Saturday, April 9, at Henderson, Nev. One of his goals is to win the race - and he is considered a solid contender.
But his main goal is to raise money for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11. Miyachi, 32, resides in Minatoku, Tokyo, Japan, which is about 150 miles from the main area of destruction, so he and his immediate family were safe. However, he said he has friends and relatives who live closer to the disaster area.
"Some of their houses were severely damaged by the earthquake, and some are completely gone (because of) the tsunami," he said.
After the disaster hit, Miyachi was not sure if he wanted to travel to his scheduled races. But after receiving clearance from race officials that he could set aside a donation box at the Lake Las Vegas race, he started making his travel plans.
"Finally, I decided to go to Las Vegas to run in order to encourage my friends and other people at affected areas," he said. "I believe that the Japanese people will overcome the difficult situation. But I also believe the support of the people around the world will definitely give strong power to our Japanese people who have been severely affected by the disaster."
The XTERRA Lake Las Vegas Trail Run is a 21-kilometer race that will take place on a desert trail near Lake Las Vegas in Henderson. More than 200 trail runners from around the world are expected to participate. Miyachi is one of several elite runners in the field. He finished in the top 10 of the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship in both 2009 and 2010.
A donation box will be set up at the registration area on race day, and anyone - participants or spectators - can make a cash donation. Money raised will be sent to Civic Force, which is a non-profit organization in Japan that provides emergency services for victims of disasters.
Entries for the race are still being accepted, and it is open to runners of all ages and skill levels. In addition to the 21-kilometer championship course, there will also be separate 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer courses.
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The Dream Mile is the flagship event in Vibha's continued efforts to increase awareness about the plight of underprivileged children. It has come a long way since its inception in 1998. It has grown from being a small event attended primarily by volunteers and friends to a permanent fixture on the calendars of runners in the various cities in America. The increasing participation and enthusiasm for this event just goes to show how strongly people feel about the cause of underprivileged children.
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Monday, April 4, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
The Shore Run/Walk, one of Seattle’s most family-friendly and scenic events, is back again in its 34th year! Join Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for a 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run or Half-Mile Kids' Run on Sunday, June 12. Enjoy the scenic routes along Lake Washington and finish in Madison Park, which features food, music, awards and drawings for prizes.5K Run/Walk: 8:15 a.m. (Leschi Park to Madison Park)
10K Run: 9 a.m. (Ferdinand Park to Madison Park)
Half-Mile Kids' Run: 10:15 a.m. (Madison Park)
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Americans place third in each invitational race; age group records highlight perfect day for 26th annual 'Party by the Sea'
By Bert Rosenthal
CARLSBAD, Calif. - (April 3, 2011) - A confident Dejen Gebremeskel and a wispy Aheza Kiros gave Ethiopia a sweep of the men's and women's invitational races at the 26th Carlsbad 5000 on Sunday. Both events produced dramatic finishes under sunny, but breezy conditions.
Gebremeskel, last year's runner-up, sat behind defending champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya for most of the 3.1-mile race before spurting ahead in the final 100 meters and finishing in 13 minutes, 11 seconds. The time matched Kipchoge's winning performance of 2010 and equaled the fourth-fastest clocking in history.
By winning, Gebremeskel spoiled Kipchoge's bid to break the world record of 13:00, established by Sammy Kipketer in 2000 and tied by him a year later at Carlsbad. Kipchoge had said prior to the race that he thought he had a good chance of taking down the record. However, he was sidetracked by pacesetter Haron Lagat. Lagat was supposed to take the leaders through the first two miles, but only managed to hang on for just over a mile.
By dropping out, Lagat left Kipchoge to assume the lead. That led to some gamesmanship between Kipchoge and Gebremeskel. Shortly past two miles (hit in 8:25), Kipchoge signaled to Gebremeskel to take over the lead. The Ethiopian refused, continuing to run just behind Kipchoge. Then when Gebremeskel was only a few steps from the end, he pointed to the finish line, indicating that he was the winner.
"I knew I would win," the 21-year-old Gebremeskel said. About his finger-pointing, he said, "I got to the finish line first. I pointed because I was happy that I won."
As for the world record, he said, "Next year I will try for it."
It's not often that a runner can outsmart Kipchoge, who was ranked #1 in the world at 5000 meters in 2010, has won silver and bronze medals over 5000 meters in the past two Olympics and has been one of the world's most consistent runners since winning the World Championships at age 18 eight years ago.
"I thought following him was best for me," said Gebremeskel. "He has a better PB than me. He's a strong guy, he's a tough guy. I like running on someone's shoulder because of the wind (here). Maybe I had more power today because I didn't have to work so hard."
The affable Kipchoge was not overly upset that Gebremeskel didn't accept his invitation to seize the lead. "I told him to go but he wouldn't go," said Kipchoge, who ran 13:14 (#7 all-time). "I can't be mad. I just couldn't run a faster time. The pacemaker slowed down. You can't push if there are only two of us."
Two also was the operative number in the women's invitational and followed a similar script to the men's race. After the start, Kiros, the 2009 winner and 2010 runner-up, and Pauline Korikwiang of Kenya broke away from the field and waged a close battle throughout. Korikwiang held a slim advantage until the closing 10-15 meters before Kiros swept past her and won in 15:13, one second ahead of the Kenyan.
"The last 200 meters I pushed it," Kiros said. "I love this race."
While Kiros, 25, sidestepped questions about her tactics, Korikwiang, a team gold medalist at the recent World Cross Country Championships and the national Junior record holder for the 5000 on the track, was upset about her second individual test on the roads.
"If you push the pace and she doesn't come and help, that's not a good race," she said. "I pushed the race so I became tired at the last minutes. If I had someone else to push the pace, I think I could have run faster."
Americans did well in both races. Bobby Curtis of Ardmore, Pa. finished third in the men's race in 13:48, three-time Olympian Jen Rhines of Mammoth Lakes, Calif. was third in the women's event in 15:37, and was followed by 2008 Olympian Christin Wurth-Thomas of Springdale, Ark. in 15:56.
The Masters races also produced some sparkling competition with former UCLA runners sweeping both events. In the men's race, Christian Cushing-Murray, 43, of Santa Ana, Calif., won for the third consecutive year in 15:04. "I don't think I'm as fit as last year," he said, laughing. "That's what happens when you get over 40."
The hotly contested women's event resulted in the first two finishers posting the same time - 17:24 - but Tania Fischer, 45, of Santa Monica, Calif. was declared the winner over Kathleen Jobes, 41, of Bethlehem, Pa. For Fischer, the victory was retribution for having finished second, third, fourth and fifth in her previous four Carlsbad 5000s.
"I finally got the victory," said Fischer, the head coach at Santa Monica High School and a ceramics teacher. "Coming down the homestretch was like running a relay in high school. This race is so incredible. Not only are the spectators but also the other runners - everybody into it."
Meanwhile, two age group records were also broken. Anne Garrett, 77, of Oceanside, Calif., smashed the U.S. mark for the 75-79 group by finishing in 25:59, 13 seconds faster than the record she set last year at Carlsbad, and Lenore Montgomery, 80, of North Vancouver, BC set the world record for the 80-84 group with 29:16, eclipsing the previous record of 29:23 established by Anne Clarke of Carol Stream, Ill. at Park Ridge, Ill. in 1989.
26th Carlsbad 5000
Carlsbad, CA, Sunday, April 3, 2011
1) Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH), 13:11, $5000
2) Eluid Kipchoge (KEN), 13:14, $3500
3) Bobby Curtis (USA / PA), 13:48, $2000
4) Juan Carlos Romero (MEX), 13:50, $1000
5) Haron Lagat (KEN), 13:55, $800
6) Diego Alberto Borrego (MEX), 14:06, $700
7) Craig Miller (USA / WI), 14:08, $500
8) Tony Okello (UGA), 14:11, $400
9) Jarrod Shoemaker (USA / MA), 14:12, $300
10) Ben St. Lawrence (AUS), 14:22, $200
MASTERS Men (40+)
1) Christian Cushing-Murray, 43, CA, 15:04, $1000
2) Chad Newton, 41, NC, 15:10, $500
3) Dennis Simonaitis, 49, UT, 15:11, $200
1) Aheza Kiros (ETH), 15:13, $5000
2) Pauline Korikwiang (KEN), 15:14, $3500
3) Jen Rhines (USA / CA), 15:37, $2000
4) Christin Wurth-Thomas (USA / AR), 15:56, $1000
5) Eloise Wellings (AUS), 16:06, $800
6) Stephanie Pezzullo (USA / AZ), 16:11, $700
7) Barbara Parker (GBR), 16:22, $500
8) Sara Slattery (USA / OR), 16:30, $400
9) Annie Bersagel (USA / CA), 16:40, $300
10) Brenda Martinez (USA / CA), 16:59, $200
MASTERS Women (40+)
1) Tania Fischer, 45, CA, 17:24, $1000
2) Kathleen Jobes, 41, PA, 17:24, $500
3) Carmen Troncoso, 52, TX, 17:42, $200
Complete results, photos and more at: www.Carlsbad5000.com
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Run Like A Fool 5K,
April 2, 2011, Olympia, WA
Run Like A Fool 5K
April 2, 2011y, Windy and CHILLY!
Results by Rich Brown
ID# PLACE PLACE FINISHER TIME PACE
984 1 1 Josiah Price, 29 15:37.1 5:02
991 1 1 Megan Von Bargen, 17 21:35.6 6:58
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2009 race champion Aheza Kiros of Ethiopia returns for 26th Running of the "World's Fastest 5K"
CARLSBAD, Calif. - (March 29, 2011) - Off her past two
performances in the Carlsbad 5000, Ethiopian Aheza
Kiros should be considered the favorite for the race's 26th running on
Sunday, April 3, 2011. However, there is a strong international field arrayed
against her, including U.S. Olympians Christin Wurth-Thomas and
Jen Rhines .
Kiros, the 2009 champion and 2010 runner-up to world record
holder Meseret Defar of Ethiopia, has a 5000m personal best of
14:56.33 on the track from 2009, and has run 15:26 at Carlsbad. The 25-year-old
Ethiopian, who lives in Addis Ababa after growing up in the Tigray region, began
running at a young age and almost always won her races during physical education
classes. By the age of 16, she was representing her school at the All-Ethiopian
School Championships, winning the 5000m. Now, she is mostly a 10,000 meter
runner and represented Ethiopia at that distance at the 2007 World
In addition to the two top Americans, Kiros can expect
challenges from Pauline Konikwiang of Kenya, seventh at the
recent World Cross Country Championships and the national Junior record holder
with a 5000 PR of 14:45.98, who is making her debut on the roads; Olesya
Syreva of Russia, the European indoor silver medalist over 3000 meters,
the national indoor record-holder for two miles with a 5000 PR of 15:19.96; Eloise
Wellings of Australia, the 2010 national 5000 and 10,000 champion with
a 5000 PR of 14:54.11, and Adrienne Herzog of the Netherlands,
the national record holder for two miles with a 5000 PR of 15:34.37.
Meanwhile, Wurth-Thomas and Rhines should be in close pursuit of
Kiros. Wurth-Thomas, the 2008 U.S. indoor champion at 1500 meters, the 2007 and
2009 outdoor runner-up and 2008 Olympian, is looking to improve her endurance by
running a 5K.
"I'm excited to run a good race," said the 30-year-old
Wurth-Thomas. "My training has been going very well, so why not? I'm coming
off an 11-second PR indoors. I'm pretty fit and ready to go, so the sky's the
limit. I'm looking for competition. This will be my first outdoor race (of the
Wurth-Thomas also is anxious to compete in front of the
enthusiastic Carlsbad fans.
"The community and the town are amazing," the former
Arkansas standout added. "It's fun to see so many people come out for the
race. It's unique. There's always great support from the spectators, and I want
to get back there and medal this time."
Her 5000 PR is 15:28.04 at Mt. SAC in 2008. "I would be
happy with between 15:20 and 15:30 (on Sunday)," said Wurth-Thomas, who ran
16:06 at Carlsbad in 2009 and is one of only five Americans to break four
minutes for 1500 meters with a clocking of 3:59.59 last year. In her most recent
race, she easily won the 3000 meters at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 14.
After Carlsbad, her plan is to run two more 5000s, at Mt. SAC
and Stanford, before concentrating on the 1500 with races at that distance at
the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., New York and Rome before returning to
Eugene in June for nationals and the trials for the World Championships.
Rhines also is excited about competing again at Carlsbad. Four
years ago, she finished second to Defar in her road PR of 15:21.
"I feel really strong," the ex-Villanova runner said.
"I've been running some longer races. Now, I'm transitioning to shorter
The Mammoth Track Club athlete has won back-to-back U.S. road
titles over the half-marathon and 15K, with her most recent win over the
9.3-mile distance at Jacksonville in 49:34 on March 12. A seasoned veteran at
36, she has competed at three Olympics (2000, 2004 and 2008) at three different
distances (5000, 10,000 and the marathon). She also has run in four outdoor
World Championships, one World Indoor, four World Cross Country Championships
and one World Athletics final.
Rhines started her career as a sprinter in the eighth grade.
"I just kept moving up every year," she said.
"Now, I'd really like to break 31 minutes (for the 10,000)
before I'm done," said Rhines, whose PR is 31:17.31 (in 2007). "The
10,000 is going to be my focus for nationals and the World Championships."
Her goal for Sunday is about 15:22. "But in a road race,
it's hard to predict what the time will be." She said. "Some road
races are fast, some are slow. I'm comfortable with a tactical race. I like to
keep up with the pack. I don't run well off the pace. It should be a very
"I enjoyed running there before," she added. "I'm
glad to get back to Carlsbad. You definitely get a lot of support from the
crowd. Your name is on your bib and people recognize you and cheer for
Both the U.S. and world records for 5000 have been set at the
Carlsbad 5000, which is internationally known as the "World's Fastest
5K." Defar established the world mark of 14:46 in 2006 and Deena
Kastor set the U.S. mark of 14:54 in 2002.
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About the Carlsbad 5000
The 26th running of the Carlsbad 5000 annually attracts amateur, competitive and
professional runners from around the world. Race day begins at 7:05am with the
Masters Men 40 and over, the first of nine races that will take place throughout
the morning. The main event, featuring the world's fastest professional
athletes, begins at 12:15pm. The event is the home of the current world 5K road
records: 13:00, Sammy Kipketer (KEN), 2000 & 2001, and
14:46, Meseret Defar (ETH), 2006. With 16 world records in its
prestigious history, it has the most world records all-time set on the same
certified road course. In addition, it is the only road race from a commonly run
distance in the world that is home to the world records and its home country
records for both genders.
For more information, visit: www.Carlsbad5000.com