Elite Fields For Houston Marathon Announced

Meb Keflezighi will make his 2013 racing debut this Sunday in Houston. Photo: PhotoRun.net

A huge bonus is up for grabs in the half marathon.

From: Running USA

HOUSTON — The 41st edition of the Chevron Houston Marathon Race Weekend features stacked fields in both the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aramco Houston Half Marathon. Adding an element of excitement to the weekend will be a $50,000 bonus that will be awarded should the world record fall in the men’s half-marathon. The gun is set to go off at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 13, 2013.

“Deep fields increase the likelihood of runners working together in packs to achieve better times, and the four fields that our elite committee has assembled are without a doubt the deepest ever,” said Brant Kotch, Race Director and President of the HMC Board of Directors. “These fields give us the best possible opportunity to equal last year’s feat of four race records in one morning, and to do so with first rate, head-to-head competition. The camera at the finish line may get a lot of use next week.”

Ethiopian Bazu Worku, who set a personal best 2:05:25 when he finished third at the 2010 Paris Marathon, leads the field in the men’s Chevron Houston Marathon. Out to challenge him on race day will be 2012 Chevron Houston Marathon runner-up Debebe Tolossa. Teferi Balcha, who ran six marathons in 2012 — three of which were sub-2:10 — is also entered. Americans Andrew Carlson and Fernando Cabada will return to Houston for the first time since they finished sixth and seventh at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon, respectively. Teshome Gelana, 2010 Chevron Houston Marathon champion, is also in the field.

The runner-up at the 2011 ING NYC Marathon, Buzunesh Deba, was originally set to run in New York in 2012, but will run the 2013 Chevron Houston Marathon after the cancellation of that race. Merima Mohammed is the fastest woman in the field with a personal best of 2:23:06 from her third-place finish at the 2010 Toronto Marathon. Tera Moody returns to Houston for the first time since finishing fifth at 2011 U.S. Half Marathon Championships. It will be Moody’s first marathon since her 17th-place at the 2011 World Championships.

Atsedu Tsegay Tesfaye, who ran the fourth-fastest time in history when he won the 2012 Prague Half Marathon in 58:47, is the man to beat in the Aramco Houston Half Marathon and will be chasing the $50,000 bonus for setting a world record. The current world record of 58:23 was set by Zersenay Tadese in 2010. Also chasing the world record bonus will be Wilson Erupe, who recently won the 2012 Seoul Marathon in 2:05:37, and 2012 Aramco Houston Half Marathon champion Feyisa Lilesa. Lilesa set a personal best 59:22 last January in Houston and followed that up by finishing second in the Chicago Marathon in 2:04:52. 2009 Chevron Houston Marathon champion Deriba Merga and 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi will also be in the mix. Also watch for American Luke Puskedra.

Caroline Kilel, runner-up in the 2012 Aramco Houston Half Marathon, will look to improve upon last year’s performance when she returns to the Aramco Houston Half Marathon. Mamitu Daska, 2011 Chevron Houston Marathon champion, will step down in distance this year to take on Kilel. Also watch out for 2012 Olympic 10,000m runner Lisa Uhl and 2012 Olympic marathonerClaire Hallissey of Great Britain.

2004 Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi will be the honorary starter for Saturday’s ABB 5K before taking to the roads on Sunday in the Aramco Houston Half Marathon. Two-time Olympian Ryan Hall is the honorary starter for Sunday’s Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon.

Women’s Marathon

Olena Burkovska (UKR)

Kelly Calway (USA)

Buzunesh Deba (ETH)

Meseret Legesse (ETH)

Merima Mohammed (ETH)

Tera Moody (USA)

Kateryna Stetsenko (UKR)

WendyThomas (USA)

Meskerem Assefa Womdimagegn (ETH)

Men’s Marathon

Dereje  Abera (ETH)

Teferi Balcha (ETH)

Fernando Cabada (USA)

Andrew Carlson (USA)

Thomas Frazer (IRL)

Birhan Gedefa (ETH)

Teshome Gelana (ETH)

Cesar Lizano (CRC)

Matt Loiselle (CAN)

Tommy Neal (USA)

Michael Reneau (USA)

Sergio Reyes (USA)

Dereje Tadesse (ETH)

Debebe  Tolossa (ETH)

Solomon Molla Tiemuay (ETH)

Martin Williams(GBR)

Bazu Worku (ETH)

Women’s Half -Marathon

ZemZem Ahmed (ETH)

Mamitu Daska (ETH)

Yihunlish Delelecha (ETH)

Claire Hallissey (GBR)

Hellen Jemutai (KEN)

Caroline Kilel (KEN)

Lanni Marchant (CAN)

Molly Pritz (USA)

Chemtai Rionotukei (KEN)

Lindsey Scherf (USA)

Lindsay Tollefson (USA)

Lisa Uhl (USA)

Men’s Half-Marathon

Shadrack Biwott (USA)

Aaron Braun (USA)

Wilson Erupe (KEN)

Meb Keflezighi (USA)

Philip Langat (KEN)

Feyisa Lilesa (ETH)

Deriba Merga (ETH)

Luke Puskedra (USA)

Tilahun Regassa (ETH)

Patrick Rizzo (USA)

Onesmus Serem (KEN)

Andualem Belay Shiferaw (ETH)

AtseduTsegay Tesfaye (ETH)

Tim Tollefson (USA)

Ben True (USA)

Antonio Vega (USA)

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