Prefontaine 5K Promises To Be A Classic

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jun. 29, 2010

Solinsky, Tegenkamp aiming to be first Americans to go under 13:00 on U.S. soil.

Attendance at last weekend’s U.S. Track & Field Championships at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa was paltry at best , but this assuredly won’t be the case for this Saturday’s 36th Annual Prefontaine Classic to be held at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field. Meet director Tom Jordan anticipates a crowd of more then 12,000 people for this weekend’s event. “We still have a some tickets,” Jordan said. “But we’re anticipating sellout.”

The men’s 5,000 meters — the late Steve Prefontaine’s preferred race distance — will once again be the meet’s marquee event. Oregon Track Club teammates Matt Tegenkamp and Chris Solinsky — who have both run south of 13 minutes for the distance — will attempt to become the first Americans to break the 13-minute barrier on American soil. Kenyans Eliud Kipchoge and Matthew Kisorio, along with Ethiopians Imane Merga and Tariku Bekele — all sub-13 minute men — should help contribute to Tegenkamp and Solinsky’s cause.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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