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Deep Fields Set To Rock Philadelphia

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Sep. 14, 2011
  • Updated Mar. 15, 2012 at 5:09 PM UTC
Kim Smith leads a stacked women's field in Philadelphia this weekend. Photo: PhotoRun.net

2011 Elite Fields

(Name, Age, Country, Bio)

MEN

Matthew Kisorio, 22, Kenya, Defending champion has since lowered his PR to 60:03 and won Berlin 25K in May

Sammy Kitwara, 24, Kenya, PR of 58:58 when winning the 2009 Rotterdam half-marathon

Deriba Merga, 26, Ethiopia, 2009 Boston Marathon Champion. PR of 59:15 and has run the 2nd fastest half in 2011

Tilahun Regassa, 21, Ethiopia, PR of 59:19 set last year when he won the world’s richest half marathon in Abu Dhabi

Peter Kamais, 34, Kenya, Won the NYC half-marathon last year in a personal best of 59:53.

Markos Geneti, 27, Ethiopia, Won his debut marathon in Los Angeles earlier this year in 2:06:35

Abderrahim Goumri, 35, Morocco, A 2:05:30 marathoner, set his PR in Philadelphia last year finishing 3rd in 61:33

Jason Hartmann, 30, USA, Finished 8th at Chicago marathon last year with a time of 2:11:06

James Mwangi, 27, Kenya, PR of 60:34, holds event record at Dodge Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon

Shadrack Biwott, 26, Kenya, PR of 61:40 in 3rd behind Martin Lel & Sammy Wanjiru at ’10 Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras

McDonard Ondara, 27, Kenya, PR of 61:11 when winning the 2007 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon

Adam Goucher, 36, USA, Hoping to get the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying time of 65 minutes

Julias Koskei, 29, Kenya, PR of 61:17 set in Philadelphia in 2004

Ridouane Harroufi, 30, Morocco, PR of 61:37. 3rd at Cherry Blossom and won Indianapolis Half Marathon this year

Bobby Curtis, 26, USA, Fastest American man over 10,000m this year running his debut half-marathon

Tyler McCandless, 24, USA, All-American for Penn State University in the 10,000m

Shawn Forrest, 28, Australia, PR of 61:25, won the 2011 P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon

Weldon Kirui, 23, Kenya, PR of 61:10 and won the AFC Half marathon in 63:18 last month

Sage Canaday, 25, USA, Set PR of 64:32 finishing 5th at Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras, qualifying for Olympic Trials

Paul Hefferon, 25, USA, Set PR’s in all three races he’s taken part in this year. Has run 65:55 for the half-marathon

Matthew Eaton, 24, USA, Louisville grad has run 28:41.96 for 10,000m. Debut half-marathon

Abebe Yimer, 31, Ethiopia / USA, 2008 Las Vegas Marathon Champion

Gian-Paul Caccia, 25, USA, Has qualified for the Olympic Trials running a 1:04:46 at the NYC Half in March

Matthew Forys, 26, USA, Ran 1:04:56 at the NYC Half in March to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

C. Fred Joslyn, 27, USA, Winner of the 2011 Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Marathon

Chris Barnicle, 24, USA, Debut half-marathon. Has run 28:10 for 10,000m on the track

Cole Atkins, 25, USA, Set the fastest 8k on the roads by an American in 2010 (23:18 – HCA Richmond 8k)

Mohamed Khadraoui, 26, USA, Moe has a personal best of 28:33 for the 10k and 13:53 for 5k

Boaz Cheboiywo, 33, Kenya, PR of 61:38 set in Philadelphia in 2008

Carl Dusen, 29, USA, Graduate of Colombia University and 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier

WOMEN

Kim Smith, 29, New Zealand, PR of 1:07:36, fastest women ever to run a half-marathon in the U.S.

Bizunesh Deba, 24, Ethiopia, Won Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego, fastest women’s marathon ever in California (2:23:31)

Werknesh Kidane, 29, Ethiopia, PR of 68:09 set at the Great North Run when finishing second in 2005.

Mizuho Nasukawa, 31, Japan, Winner of the Tokyo Half Marathon in February and won the 2009 Tokyo Marathon

Misiker Mekonnin, 25, Ethiopia, Finished 2nd at 2011 Dodge Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego running 2.25.21

Hellen Mugo, 26, Kenya, PR of 73:16 from winning the Ribbarijo Half Marathon earlier this year

Benita Willis, 32, Australia, PR of 67:55, national record holder for 3000, 5,000, 10,000, 5KM, 10KM and marathon

Fiona Docherty, 36, New Zealand, PR of 72:49 set earlier this year in New York

Diane Nukuri, 26, Burundi, PR of 74:20 set in Philadelphia last year. 4th at 2011 Los Angeles Marathon

Jane Kibii, 26, Kenya, PR of 72:26, recently finished 2nd at the 2011 Dodge Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half

Everlyne Lagat, 30, Kenya, PR of 71:29 set this year in Indianapolis, 2010 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Champion

Adriana Nelson, 31, USA, PR of 69:59, finished 2nd at 2007 Chicago Marathon

Claire Hallissey, 28, Great Britain, PR of 72:02, won the 2011 XSport Fitness Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon

Dot McMahan, 34, USA, Hansons-Brooks athlete finished third at Grandma’s Marathon earlier this year

Melissa White, 30, USA, Hansons-Brooks athlete has PR of 72:30 for the half-marathon

Mattie Suver, 34, USA, Hansons-Brooks athlete won 2011 Dodge Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon in June

Melissa Todd, 36, USA, Won the 2010 Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon

Catha Mullen, 26, USA, Ran 2:40 at Boston and 1:14 at the NYC Half in 2010

Jen Houck, 27, USA, Ran a 2:33 at Grandmas marathon and has a personal best of 1:14:40 in the half

Teresa McWalters, 27, USA, Stanford Graduate, Two-time NCAA West-Regional Champion, Six-time All-American

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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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