San Jose, Calif. — November 19, 2013 — After an anticipated 28,000 recreational runners burn off pre-holiday-dinner calories at the Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot” on Thanksgiving Day in downtown San Jose, more than 60 elite runners will compete in one of the fastest and most competitive 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) races in the world. Elite athletes representing five countries will toe the starting line including a half dozen current and former Olympians, 10 women with 5K personal bests under 15:30 (5-minutes per mile pace), and nine men with personal bests under 13:45 (4:26 per mile pace).
5K Participants will get to “Chase The Pig” for Awards and BBQ - SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – Mo’s Smokehouse BBQ, one of the most popular and long-standing restaurants in San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach and Chico, CA, has signed on as the Presenting Sponsor of the SLO Marathon 5K race. The new “Chase the Pig 5K” presented by Mo’s Smokehouse BBQ will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014 during the San Luis Obispo Marathon + Half Marathon weekend. Race organizers expect more than 1000 participants for the 2014 race.
Members of the AmeriKenyan Running Club dominated the top spots at today’s Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay. Jacob Chemtai, 26, nearly broke the course record with a blistering time of 1:02:44. His teammate, Nelson Oyugi, 21, finished just six seconds behind at 1:02:50. The top two female runners, Sarah Kiptoo, 24, and Everlyne Lagat, 32, Kenyans from the same running club, finished at 1:11:21 and 1:13:49. Both male and female times were the second-fastest ever in this race, now in its 11th year.
Course record to be challenged by seven male athletes posting times under 1:03;Asics athlete and 2011 NYC Marathon first American female, Molly Pritz, leads an impressive field of half marathon competitors - Monterey, CA – Thirty-five of the nation’s top half marathon runners comprise the fastest-ever field to compete in the Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay, Sunday morning, November 17. Seven of the male athletes posting times under 1:03 are poised to set a new course record in this year’s 11th presentation.
Deena Kastor, American record holder in the marathon, Olympic bronze medalist from 2004, talks about the FootLocker Cross Country series, which is sponsored by her sponsor, ASICS America.
The FootLocker Cross Country series has been, for the past three decades, the largest high school sport championships and a place where most American distance runners have had one of their first experiences with elite competition.
Ryan Hall went to Stanford for college and ran well in cross country and on the track. After college, Ryan ran a 13:16 for the 5,000 meters, but it was in 2006, when he broke the American record for 20k, held by Mark Curp for over two decades, that Ryan came into prominence.
His run on the Boston Marathon course, where he ran the fastest marathon ever run, in all conditions by an American, of 2:04.55, to take fourth, in 2011, has kep him in the spotlight.
We ask Ryan Hall, the ASICS ambassador, what he would tell high school runners about the FootLocker Cross Country series, the place where America's best distance runners have raced for three plus decades!