New York Road Runners have released the elite field for the 2017 Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K and USA Track & Field (USATF) 5K Championships, taking place on Nov. 4. It includes ten Olympians and six runners who were part of Team USA at this year’s IAAF World Championships.
Headlining the men’s race are Matt Centrowitz, Ben True and Paul Chelimo. Centrowitz is a two-time Olympian who won the gold medal in the 1500 meters at the 2016 Rio Games. True set the current 5K American record of 13:20 at the B.A.A 5K this past April. Chelimo has been a force in the 5000 on the track, capturing the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, as well as the bronze medal at the 2017 IAAF World Championships. Joining them are Olympians Leonard Korir and Hassan Mead.
The women’s race is also a showcase of Olympians as well. Known primarily for the marathon, including a 5th place finish at the NYC Marathon in 2014, Desiree Linden will instead opt for the much shorter 5K distance this year. Also entered are Brenda Martinez and Abbey D’Agostino. The Dash to the Finish marks D’Agostino’s return to competition after tearing her ACL & meniscus during the 5000 meters at the Rio Olympics.
The Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K kicks off the NYC Marathon weekend. The race begins near the United Nations before crossing the city on 42nd Street. Runners then head up 6th Avenue to Central Park, where they complete the race at the marathon finish line. It will be broadcast live on USATF.tv. To see the rest of the elite athlete start list or to register for the event, go to nyrr.org.