Unsure of his fitness level, Olympian Keflezighi withdraws from race.
Olympian Ryan Hall headlines a solid men’s field at Quad-City Times Bix 7 in Davenport, Iowa on Saturday–a field that won’t include Hall’s fellow Olympian Meb Keflezighi, who has withdrawn his name from the start list after admitting his current fitness level is not up to par. The race doubles as the U.S. 7-Mile Championships and features a prize purse of $45,000.
Aside from Hall, the men’s race boats a whole host of reigning U.S. road racing champions, including Ed Moran, who recently won the U.S. men’s 10K title at the Peachtree Road Race on July 4th in Atlanta, and Mo Farah, who win 15K championship in March. Andrew Carlson, the U.S. 25K champion, and Antonio Vega, the half marathon champion, are also in the field.
On the women’s side, newly minted sub-15 minute 5K runners Molly Huddle and Lisa Koll, who clocked 14:51.84 and 14:55.74, recpectively, at the Areva meeting in France just over a week ago, will battle for bragging rights. Koll competed collegiately at Iowa State and Huddle has proven to be one of the most versatile long-distance runners in the country the last few years.
Olympian Magdalena Lewy Boulet, national cross country champion Amy Hastings, 2004 Olympic marathoner Blake Russell and Rebecca Donaghue (State College, Pa.), the runner-up at last year’s U.S. 10K championship, will all be looking to challenge Huddle and Koll for victory.