Seattle Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon Elite Race Previews

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.

Men’s Marathon

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.

Women’s Marathon

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 .

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