The former University of Oregon standout returns to Hayward Field.
Organizers of the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon had originally created a special 10,000m race to pit Ethiopian versus Kenyan in the lead-up to this year’s World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
However, an American has just thrown his name in the hat: Galen Rupp.
The race, taking part in conjunction with “Distance Night in Eugene” on Friday evening, will be a good deal for fans: it’s admission free. Rupp was originally going to run the 2-mile event at the Pre Classic.
Rupp’s coach, Alberto Salazar, said that his athlete will pull out, however, if pollen counts are too high.
“His training has gone really well, and he’s ready to run a good two-mile or a good 10K,” Salazar said. “It’s just a matter of waiting to the last second to see what the weather’s going to be like. With Galen it’s always a concern in terms of the allergen levels in Eugene at this time of year. Last year he ran the mile there at Pre and he was coughing for a week afterward.”
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