Men’s Half Marathon
Nicolas Koech (Kenya)
In March of this year, Nicolas Koech won the Prague Half Marathon with a blazing time of 1:00:07.
Elija Nyabuti (Kenya)
Twenty-nine-year-old Elija Nyabuti brings a half marathon PR of 1:01:19 to Saturday’s race. He’s also run a 2:14:28 marathon.
Women’s Half Marathon
Berhane Adere (Ethiopia)
The Dubai Marathon has had only one female winner in the last three years, and it’s Berhane Adere, who is also a former 10,000m world champion. Her half marathon PR is 1:08:17.
Nuta Olaru (Romania)
Nuta Olaru represented her country in the 2004 Olympics and won the inaugural Rock ‘N’ Roll San Antonio Marathon (2:28:54) last year.
Jynocel Basweti (Kenya)
Jynocel Basweti won the 2007 Austin Marathon in 2:14:02 and won both the Richmond Marathon and the Denver Marathon last year.
Mark Batres (USA)
Mark Batres won this year’s Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon in a course record time of 1:05:45. His marathon PR is 2:19:07.
Andy Martin (USA)
Andy Martin set his marathon PR of 2:20:04 back in 1999 and won the hilly Big Sur Marathon in 2:29:50 last year.
Leah Thorvilson (USA)
Leah Thorvilson has already won two marathons this year, in Green Bay (2:37:55) and Little Rock (2:44:19).
For more information on the Seattle Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon check out the race site at www.rnrseattle.com .