GO! St. Louis Announces Half Marathon Fields

The versatile Kellyn Johnson will race in the GO! St. Louis Half Marathon. Photo: www.photorun.net

American and International stars will race for $17,000 in total prize money.

ST. LOUIS — GO! St. Louis, a local not-for-profit organization that specializes in providing fitness events and programs for the region on a year-round basis, will once again play host to a field of professional distance runners competing in the GO! St. Louis Half Marathon presented by PNC Bank. This year’s race features a top prize of $5,000 for both the men’s and women’s winner.

Last year’s runner-up, Jordan Chipangama, headlines the men’s field. Chipangama will be looking to finally get a win in St. Louis after finishing second at the 2013 GO! St. Louis Halloween 10K. The top entrant with local ties is former Edwardsville High School star Stephen Pifer, who is coming off a top ten finish at the U.S. 15K Championships in Jacksonville on March 15.

Other contenders include Jacob Chemtai and Julius Koskei from Kenya as well as American Craig Curley, who will be racing in St. Louis as a final tune-up before the Boston Marathon on April 21.

The women’s field features one of America’s top road racers in Kellyn Johnson. Johnson has run 1 hour, 12 minutes and 27 seconds for the half marathon and is one of the most versatile road racers in the U.S., consistently competing in everything from the mile to the half marathon. She recently finished fourth at the USA Cross Country Championships in February.

Johnson will face a solid international field led by Kenya’s Sarah Kiptoo, who finished third in last year’s GO! St. Louis Half Marathon. Kiptoo went on to win the 2013 Grandma’s Marathon in a very fast 2:26:31. Other contenders include Kenyans Hannah Wanjiru and Pasca Cheruiyot.

Elite Fields

Men
Jordan Chipangama, Zambia
Craig Curley, USA
Jacob Chemtai, Kenya
Matt O’Connor, USA
Julius Koskei, Kenya
Patrick Cheptoek, Kenya
Fredison Costa, Brazil
Dan Kirwa, Kenya
Stephen Pifer, USA

Women
Women
Sarah Kiptoo, Kenya
Kellyn Johnson, USA
Hannah Wanjiru, Kenya
Pasca Cheruiyot, Kenya
Doreen Kitaka, Kenya
Emma Kennan, USA
Danna Herrick, USA
Marion Kandie, Kenya
Connie Teague, USA

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