LA Marathon Announces Fast Elite Field For 2014 Race

Aaron Braun will make his 26.2-mile debut in Los Angeles. Photo:

Aaron Braun, who will make his marathon debut, leads the American men’s lineup.

More than 20 of the world’s top marathoners will compete at the 2014 Asics LA Marathon, it was announced on Thursday.

The field for the March 9 race includes the 2013 men’s champion and runner-up, Erick Mose and Julius Keter, while the women’s lineup boasts five Ethiopian runners who have broken 2:36 at the marathon distance.

American Aaron Braun, who finished second in the U.S. Half Marathon Championships earlier this month, will make his 26.2-mile debut. He’ll be joined by countryman Adam Roach, Stephan Shay and Gabriel Proctor.

There are four U.S. runners in the elite women’s field: Kristen Fryburg-Zaitz, Heather McWhirter, Lindsey Scherf and Lauren Kleppin.

“As we are continually looking to attract an ever growing number of world-class marathoners, we know this year will elevate the level of competition being able to field last year’s men’s champion Erick Mose and runner-up Julius Keter,” LA Marathon CEO Tracey Russell said in a press release. “The 2014 ASICS LA Marathon will be an exciting year for the elites, general runners and the spectators.”

Elite Men

Gezahegn Alemayehu (Ethiopia), 2:09:42 marathon PR
Raji Assefa, (Ethiopia), 2:06:24
Fikre Assefa (Ethiopia), 2:10:23
Aaron Braun (USA), debut
Julius Kipyego Keter (Kenya), 2:10:31
Erick Mose (Kenya), 2:09:44
Adam Roach (USA), 2:24:30
Lani Rutto (Kenya), 2:10:01
Stephan Shay (USA), 2:16:48
Greg Wieczorek (Canada), 2:25:56
Dawit Wolde (Ethiopia), debut
Gabriel Proctor (USA), debut

Elite Women

Olena Burkovska (Ukraine), 2:27:07 marathon PR
Gulume Chala (Ethiopia), 2:36:04
Degefa Bruktayit Eshetu (Ethiopia), 2:26:22
Kristen Fryburg-Zaitz (USA), 2:37:50
Genet Getaneh (Ethiopia), 2:25:38
Agnes Jepkosgei (Kenya), 2:39:17
Heather McWhirter (USA), 2:45:33
Elfnesh Melaku (Ethiopia), 2:31:41
Lindsey Scherf (USA), debut
Tigist Tufa (Ethiopia), 2:29:24
Lauren Kleppin (USA), 2:42:1

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