Regassa, Daska To Defend BolderBOULDER 10K Titles

Ethiopia also the favorite to retain International Team Challenge crowns; guaranteed ITC prize purse exceeds $110,000 for annual Memorial Day road race

By: USA Runing

At the 32nd Dick’s Sporting Goods BolderBOULDER 10K, Tilahun Regassa and Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia will defend their titles on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2010. Last year at the Boulder, Colorado spring tradition, Ethiopia swept the individual and International Team Challenge team titles in convincing fashion by going 1-2 in both races, while the Team USA men placed a solid second ahead of Kenya.

This year, Team USA will be led by 2008 Olympians Jorge Torres (10,000m) and Magdalena Lewy Boulet (marathon). Joining Torres are Jason Hartmann and Andrew Carlson, all altitude trained, while Lewy Boulet’s teammates are Renee Metivier-Baillie and Amy Hastings- the trio were part of the bronze medal winning U.S. team at the recent World Cross Country Championships in Poland. Torres, Hartmann and Metivier-Baillie train in Boulder (altitude).

Ethiopia is the favorite for both team races (11 men’s and 9 women’s teams are expected). Started in 1998, the BolderBOULDER International Team Challenge is the largest international road racing team competition held annually in the United States. International teams are made up of three runners per gender. The teams compete for one of the largest guaranteed non-marathon prize purses in the world – $110,600 before bonuses. Monies are awarded in the team and individual categories. Teams are scored cross country style with points awarded on the basis of finishing place. The team with the lowest score for all three runners is the winner. Ties are broken by the position of the third place finishers.

Teams will start at 30th & Glenwood and follow the main BolderBOULDER course to the stadium. Women will start at 11:00am and men will start at 11:10am and finish in the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field. More than 150,000 spectators watch the festivities from inside the stadium and along the race course.

On race day, the 32nd BolderBOULDER will be broadcast locally on Denver’s ABC7 from 11:00am – NoonMountain, while BuffVision will provide a live online stream. In addition, FSNRockyMountain, on Sunday, June 6 at 5:30pm, will present a one-hour highlight show of the event.

MEN’S TEAMS (11)

USA
Jason Hartmann (CO)
Jorge Torres (CO)
Andrew Carlson (AZ)

ETHIOPIA (defending champion)
Tilahun Regassa (defending champion)
Tadese Tola
Lelisa Desisa

KENYA
Simon Cheprot
John Korir
Philemon Terer

JAPAN
Shigeki Tsuji
Tomohiro Shiiya
Keishi Hashimoto

MEXICO
Alejandro Suárez Velazquez
Erick Israel Pérez
Jesus Torres Barrón

UNITED KINGDOM
Kevin Skinner
Matt Janes
Nielson Hall

PERU
Jhon Cusi Huaman
Constantino Leon Lopez
Paulino Canchanya

AUSTRALIA
Lee Troop
Andrew Letherby
Greg Bennet

ECUADOR
Franklin Tenorio
Miguel Almachi
Vladimir Guerra

GUATEMALA
José Amado Garcia Gabriel
Alfredo Arévalo Reyes
José Carlos Raxon

TEAM COLORADO
James Carney
Brent Vaughn
Aaron Braun

WOMEN’S TEAMS (9)
USA
Renee Metivier-Baillie (CO)
Amy Hastings (CA)
Magdalena Lewy Boulet (CA)

ETHIOPIA (defending champion)
Mamitu Daska (defending champion)
Amane Gobena
Belianesh Zemedkun

KENYA
Emily Chebet
Jelliah Tenega
Caroline Rotich

MEXICO
Karina Pérez Delgado
Marisol Romero Rosales
Dulce Ma. Rodriguez

JAPAN
Yuri Kano
Kiyoko Shimahara
Yuki Saito

UNITED KINGDOM
Rebbecca Robinson
Elizabeth Hall
Claire Hallissey

PERU
Jemena Helen Misayauri Camargo
Julia Rivera Lopez
Hortencia Arzapalo Ramos

COLUMBIA
Bertha Sanchez
Yolanda Caballero
Yolanda Fernandez

TEAM COLORADO
Alisha Williams
Laura Bennett
Kristen Fryburg-Zaitz

The Dick’s Sporting Goods BolderBOULDER 10K, a Running USA Founding Member, is the 2nd largest timed running race in the USA and the 4th largest in the world. The 6.2 mile road race attracts more than 50,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair racers and draws top professional racing teams from all over the world to compete for one of the largest non-marathon prize purse in road racing. Visit www.BolderBOULDER.com for more information.

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