Teenage Elite Taking On Cleveland Marathon Field

Alana Hadley has a shot at winning the Cleveland Marathon. Photo: www.photorun.net

She’s making her debut there.

Just because she’s 16 years old doesn’t mean that Alana Hadley should be discounted as a top contender at this year’s edition of the Cleveland Marathon.

Hadley, a member of the 2016 U.S. Marathon Trials Project, will be making her eagerly anticipated debut at the 26.2-mile distance.

Another 33 elites comprise the field for the race that kicks off this weekend. A 5K, 10K, and half marathon be held in conjunction with the marathon.

Other elites that comprise the field include last year’s champion Abraham Kogo as well as the runner-up Peter Kemboi. On the women’s side, American Mary Akor leads the field.

Mario Macias, who won this year’s Carlsbad Marathon, is also expected to be in contention.

Besides the United States, top-seeded runners hail from Ethiopia, Great Britain, Kenya, Morocco, Russia, and Turkey.

The Cleveland Marathon is one of the 50 oldest races in the country. Last year, the half marathon and the marathon sold out. Across all events, over 20,000 runners took part.

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