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Elite American runners set for U.S. Championships

Field includes U.S. Olympian, American Record holder and past CIM winner

November 8, 2017

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The California International Marathon will celebrate 35 years on December 3 with its largest field of runners, a prestigious national designation and several community and participant-focused enhancements.

In addition to the excitement around the 35th running of the race and the rising interest in participation, the profile of the race on the national stage received a large boost with the CIM’s selection to host the U.S. Marathon Championships in 2017 and 2018.

USA Track & Field, the sport’s national governing body, selected Sacramento to host the U.S. Marathon Championships at the California International Marathon for men and women in 2017 and 2018.

As a result, top American long distance runners have entered the elite field for the national championships, which will offer a $140,000 prize purse, the largest in event history, plus performance bonuses.

U.S. Olympian Janet Bawcom and 2012 CIM winner Daniel Tapia headline the deep American fields.

Bawcom of Flagstaff, Ariz., represented the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games placing 12th in the 10,000 meters with a personal best time of 31:12.68. She enters CIM with a marathon best of 2:29:45 from the 2012 Houston Marathon. No stranger to success on the roads, Bawcom won the 2011 U.S. Running Circuit after claiming the 20k, 10-Mile and 10k U.S. Road Championships and set an American Record in the 25k at the 2012 U.S. Championships.

Tapia of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., won the 2012 CIM in 2:16.29 in a breakout performance. He lowered his personal best to 2:14:30 four months later at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Tapia returned to CIM last year and finished third in 2:12:28, a more than 2-minute personal best for the Castroville, Calif. native and former SRA Elite athlete.

“I picture myself crossing that CIM finish line achieving all of my goals and sharing that moment with friends and family,” said Tapia. “I have great memories at CIM, and hope to ice the Sacramento cake with another great performance here.”

Bawcom is taking a more Zen-like approach.

“I’m not really worried about winning or not – I just want to go out and have a day that I think reflects me getting the most out of my fitness on race day,” said Bawcom. “If that wins, great; if not, no worries.”

The Sacramento Running Association, organizers of the California International Marathon, has increased the prize purse by nearly $100,000 as compared to 2016 and added several opportunities for elite runners to earn more money through performance bonuses.

CIM has historically hosted a performance-focused and deep, international championship field but the 2017 edition will be limited to American distance runners as a result of the U.S. Marathon Championships designation.

“The California International Marathon is regarded as one of the top performance running events in the country, so it provides the perfect platform for the U.S. Marathon Championship competition,” said Sacramento Running Association executive director Scott Abbott.

“Sacramento has one of the best running communities in the United States, and we are a community, as a whole, that supports all different kids of sporting events exceptionally well, so we expect that there will be a lot of excitement around this event and that it will be a source of pride for our community.”

Both Bawcom and Tapia can expect to have company in the lead pack from the strongest American field in race history.

“We have deep fields on both the men’s and women’s side,” said CIM elite coordinator Danielle Domenichelli. “I expect to see a great group of athletes competing for the coveted top 10 positions, which earns prize money and points on the USATF Running Circuit.”

“The 2017 championship field will feature a number of veteran marathoners with long lists of accomplishments, as well as a competitive group of first time marathoners.”

On the women’s side, Clara Santucci (Lawrence, Penn.) and Lauren Totten (Santa Barbara, Calif.) look to be strong contenders for the title and the $20,000 first prize while first-timer Katie Matthews hopes to make her marathon debut at CIM a memorable one.

Santucci enters CIM with a 2:29:54 personal best from the 2011 Boston Marathon. She won the 2014 and 2015 Pittsburgh Marathons, placed sixth at the 2014 Chicago Marathon and competed at the 2014 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, placing 34th with a 1:12:22 performance.

Totten (formerly Jimison), a native of El Dorado Hills, placed third and set a personal best of 2:33:22 at last year’s CIM. She debuted with a fourth place finish at the 2014 Grandma’s Marathon (2:35:17) and then lowered that mark to 2:34:38 at the 2014 Chicago Marathon before her breakout performance at CIM.

“It would be an honor to be the U.S. champion and in my hometown with the support of family, friends, and SRA, who has been a wonderful and faithful sponsor,” said Totten. “It is so exciting to be racing the U.S. Championships at CIM.”

“Sacramento is a city that loves and embraces running and I can’t think of a better place to run a marathon.”

“I might be biased, but I think Sacramento is a pretty special place.”

Matthews of Belmont, Mass., placed fourth at the 2016 U.S. 15k Championships and ninth at the 2016 Houston Half Marathon and is hopeful her success at the half marathon distance will translate to success over 26.2 miles in her marathon debut.

“CIM is considered by many to be an excellent marathon for athletes to make their debut due to the great weather, competition, and excellent course,” said Domenichelli.

In the men’s race, Timothy Ritchie (New Haven, Conn.), Nick Arciniaga (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Craig Leon (Eugene, Ore.) all appear capable of winning the title and the $20,000 first prize on the 26.2-mile course from near Folsom Dam to the state Capitol.

Ritchie and Jon Grey (Boston, Mass.) enter CIM sitting in the top 10 of the 2017 USATF Running Circuit standings and could improve their position with a strong marathon performance at CIM. Newcomer Parker Stinson (Boulder, Colo.) looks to also be in the mix with the lead pack in his marathon debut.

Ritchie enters CIM with a 2:14:50 personal best from the 2013 Twin Cities Marathon. He won the 2015 Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon with a 1:01:23 and is a 3:58-miler. He is currently in fifth place in the 2017 USATF Running Circuit with just the marathon to be run.

“It is a career goal of mine to win a national championship and to be able to do so in the marathon would be a real honor,” said Ritchie.

Arciniaga, who enters the race with the fastest marathon time in the field having run a 2:11:30 at the 2011 Houston Marathon, clocked top ten performances at both the Olympic Trials and the Boston Marathon, placing eighth at the 2012 Olympic Trials, 10th at the 2016 Olympic Trials and seventh at the 2014 Boston Marathon.

“I generally imagine myself as the underdog, however, going into this race I have the best marathon resume out of my competitors,” said Arciniaga.

“I will go into this race knowing I have a target on my back and will have to rely on my experience, tactics and ability to run my smartest race.”

Leon brings a marathon-best 2:13:52 and a resume of strong performances at U.S. major marathons to CIM. He placed 13th at the 2013 Chicago Marathon (2:13:52), 12th at the 2014 Boston Marathon (2:14:28) and eighth at the 2015 New York City Marathon (2:15:16).

“A win in Sacramento would mean becoming a U.S. champion,” said Leon. “Being able to call yourself a U.S. champion would be incredibly special.”

Grey sits in sixth place in the 2017 USATF Running Circuit standings after five top 10 performances in circuit events. He enters CIM with one marathon under his belt, a 2:24:09 performance at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, but boasts a strong 1:02:47 time in the half marathon and should push the veterans in the lead pack at CIM.

Stinson is looking to ride his collegiate and junior success into his marathon debut. The nine-time University of Oregon All-American and three-time U.S. Junior and Pan American Junior 10,000 meter champion brings a strong 1:03:17 half marathon time to his first 26.2-mile test.

“Keep an eye out for our young athletes including Katie Matthews and Parker Stinson, who will be looking to produce breakthrough performances on December 3,” added Domenichelli.

The Sacramento Running Association worked closely with the Sacramento Sports Commission and Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau on the bid to host the marathon championships as part of a slate of bids to bring numerous championship running events to the Sacramento area over the next two to three years.

“We are thrilled to partner with the California International Marathon and USA Track & Field to bring the U.S. Marathon Championships to Sacramento,” said Mike Sophia, director of the Sacramento Sports Commission. 

“We have a tremendous running community and one of the truly great marathons in the country, so this is one of those events that is a perfect fit for our city and the sport.”

The Sacramento Running Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding new ways to encourage people of all ages and abilities to run. The SRA is committed to developing new, quality running events that appeal to a broad variety of runners.

A look at the elite field for the California International Marathon:

MEN

Nick Arciniaga, 2:11:30

Fernando Cabada, 2:11:36

Daniel Tapia, 2:12:28

Sergio Reyes, 2:13:34

Patrick Rizzo, 2:13:42

Craig Leon, 2:13:52

Tim Young, 2:14:40

Timothy Ritchie, 2:14:50

Malcolm Richards, 2:15:10

Craig Curley, 2:15:16

Tyler McCandless, 2:15:26

Christopher Zablocki, 2:15:39

Jameson Mora, 2:15:44

Nathan Martin, 2:15:47

Tyler Andrews, 2:15:52

Eric Loeffler, 2:16:48

Tyler Jermann, 2:1652

Sean Brown, 2:17:02

Brian Harvey, 2:17:05

Eric Ashe, 2:17:06

Chris Chavez, 2:17:07

Jesse Armijo, 2:17:19

Anthony Costales, 2:17:48

Eric Finan, 2:17:51

Robert Cheseret, 2:18

Colin Leak, 2:18:16

Matthew Fecht, 2:18:19

Mason Frank, 2:18:34

Kevin Pool, 2:18:59

Sam Kosgei, 2:19

Patrick Geoghegan, 2:19:38

Kenneth Foster, 2:19:49

Matt Hensley, 2:19:51

Kyle Stanton, 2:20:04

Nicholas Edinger, 2:20:32

Kevin Castille, 2:20:58

David Sinclair, 2:20:58

Eric Noel, 2:21:05

Gregory Leak, 2:21:09

Will Nation, 2:21:29

Ramiro Guillen, 2:21:29

Jerry Faulkner, 2:21:53

Jorge Maravilla, 2:21:57

Kiya Dandena, 2:22:14

Madison Roeder, 2:22:14

Christian Thompson, 2:22:48

Makorobondo Salukombo, 2:22:49

Austin Richmond, 2:23

Tyler Underwood, 2:23:29

Dylan Belles, 2:23:48

Jon Grey, 2:24:09

Stewart Harwell, 2:24:51

Eduardo Garcia, 2:25:17

Matt Rand, 2:26:30

Rob Molke, 2:26:39

Juan Paredes, 2:27:21

Isidore Herrera, 2:27:29

Johnny Crain, 2:27:37

Mark Leininger, 2:28:17

Parker Stinson, Debut

George-Byron Alex, Debut

Nicolas Montanez, Debut

Cole Watson, Debut

Ryan Miller, Debut

Ty McCormack, Debut

Bo Waggoner, Debut

Ben Sathre, Debut

Samuel Mueller, Debut

Chris Sloane, Debut

Matt McDonald, Debut

Andrew McLain, Debut

Enoch Nadler, Debut

Brandon Johnson, Debut

Travis Fuller, Debut

Craig Hunt, Debut

Ian Butler, Debut

Seth Totten, Debut

WOMEN

Renee Metivier, 2:27:17

Janet Bawcom, 2:29:45

Clara Santucci, 2:29:54

Lauren Totten, 2:33:22

Heather Lieberg, 2:34:09

Kelsey Bruce, 2:36:09

Samantha Bluske, 2:36:26

Roberta Groner, 2:36:33

Semehar Tesfaye, 2:37:27

Carrie Dimoff, 2:37:30

Lauren Philbrook, 2:38:00

Madeline Duhon, 2:38:44

Kate Landau, 2:38:45

Andie Cozzarelli, 2:38:47

Meghan Peyton, 2:38:58

Gina Slaby, 2:39

Christina Murphy, 2:39:15

Kaitlin Goodman, 2:39:29

Laura Paulsen, 2:39:54

Jenelle Deatherage, 2:39:59

Julia Roman-Duval, 2:40:55

Ashley Brasovan, 2:41

Dawn Grunnagle, 2:41:04

Autumn Ray, 2:41:09

Molly Friel, 2:41:30

Lindsay Tollefson, 2:41:31

Caitlin Smith, 2:41:37

Phebe Ko, 2:41:42

Sarah Pease, 2:41:45

Sallie Post, 2:41:49

Raquel Stucky, 2:41:08

Hilary Corno, 2:41:16

Heather Tanner, 2:42:19

Christine Shaw, 2:42:21

Lyndy Davis, 2:42:34

Kate DeProsperis, 2:42:49

Taylor Bickford, 2:42:52

Keely Maguire, 2:43:06

Stephanie Andre, 2:43:07

Katie Kellner, 2:43:41

Tracy Guerrette, 2:43:47

Bonnie Keating, 2:44:05

Bridget Lyons, 2:44:13

Jen Bergman, 2:44:21

Kaitlin Sheedy, 2:44:28

Shawna McClain, 2:44:39

Theresa Hailey, 2:45:01

McKale Montgomery, 2:45:05

Kelly Boler, 2:45:14

Gina Rouse, 2:45:15

Courtney Olsen, 2:45:26

Tara Richardson, 2:45:39

Fionna Fallon, 2:45:49

Liz Camy, 2:46

Leilani Rios, 2:46:17

Bridie McCarey, 2:47:28

Mallory Anderson, 2:47:48

Jennifer Zwick, 2:48:19

Krystalanne Curwood, 2:49:36

Brooke Slayman, 2:51:17

Kerry Allen, 2:51:55

Sabrina Lopez, 2:52:02

Regina Lopez, 2:52:02

Nicole Dimercurio, 2:52:17

AnnMarie Kirkpatrick, 2:56

Katie Matthews, Debut

Gabi Anzalone, Debut

Lauren Martin-Masterson, Debut

Amy Schnittger, Debut

Rachel Young, Debut

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BREAKING 40-YEAR U.S. DROUGHT, FLANAGAN WINS TCS NYC MARATHON
By Rich Sands, @sands
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NEW YORK (05-Nov) — In what she hinted might be the final marathon of her career, Shalane Flanagan became the first American to win the TCS New York City Marathon in 40 years with a commanding surge over the final three miles. The men’s race featured a similarly strong finish from Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor, who held off a mad dash from countryman Wilson Kipsang to score his first-ever marathon win.

CAUTIOUS START FOR THE WOMEN

The women’s field set off 30 minutes prior to the masses, with an extremely cautious tempo. The pack hit the 5-K in 19:12, barely under 2:42 pace, and at halfway (1:16:18) there were still 15 athletes in contention. Three-time defending champion Mary Keitany of Kenya made periodic attempts to force the pace but the pack continuously regrouped, clicking off splits mostly in the 5:35-5:45 per mile range.

It wasn’t until the 21st mile, going over the Madison Avenue Bridge crossing from the Bronx into Manhattan, that the race started taking shape. Keitany, Flanagan and Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia pulled away down Fifth Avenue, quickly gapping Kenyan Edna Kiplagat and American Kellyn Taylor.

The lead trio ran the 22nd mile in 5:09 before Flanagan started her hard drive to the finish. As they entered Central Park in the 23rd mile, the gap continued to grow and it was apparent that Keitany did not have the spark in her legs that brought her a women’s only world record of 2:17:01 in London this past April. Flanagan covered the segment from 35K to 40K in a blistering 15:57 and cruised home waving her fists to the crowd (and letting out an apparent jubilant expletive). She crossed the line in 2:26:53 with tears in her eyes.

The last American woman to top the podium in New York was the late Miki Gorman, back in 1977. Flanagan also became the first American woman to win an Abbott World Marathon Majors race since 2006 when Deena Kastor finished first in London.

Keitany came across second in 2:27:54, with Daska (2:28:08) holding on for the third podium spot. The U.S. had three more athletes in the Top 10, with Allie Kieffer (2:29:39 PB), Taylor (2:29:56) and Stephanie Bruce (2:31:44) placing 5th, 8th and 10th, respectively. Kieffer’s breakthrough performance was a remarkable improvement on her PR 2:44:44, run indoors on a 200-meter track at New York City’s Armory in 2016.

The 36-year-old Flanagan stormed the second half in 1:10:35 to record the second fastest time ever by an American woman in New York. “I had no physical limitations today,” she said. “I felt that sometimes those slower miles mixed in with some fartleking can make you question yourself a little bit. We were fartleking quite a bit. I didn’t get any actual splits, but I could just feel the uptempo. But other than that it was a pretty flawless race for me.”

Keitany, who emphasized that she had prepared well and was not injured, admitted that she did not feel her best today and had an off day.

The win caps an emotional year for Flanagan, who had to withdraw from last April’s Boston Marathon due to a back injury (a fracture in her iliac crest). She rallied for strong track season (including a 14:58.99 clocking over 5000 meters), though she failed to make the U.S. national team for the first time since 2003.

“I just kept telling myself that there’s going to be delayed gratification and a moment down the road that would make up for it,” she said today, tearing up. “I’ve dreamed of a moment like this since I was a little girl. It means a lot to me, to my family and hopefully inspires the next generation of American women to just be patient. It took me seven years to do this, so it’s a lot of work went into this one moment.”

Prior to the race, the four-time Olympian had hinted that if she met her goal of finally winning a World Marathon Major, she might retire. “I’ll think I’ll sit with my coaches, Jerry and Pascal, tonight and I think we’ll have some decisions to make,” she said.

PATIENT KAMWOROR GETS FIRST MARATHON WIN

The men’s race also followed a conservative trajectory. Defending champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie sprinted to the lead at halfway (1:06:09), but the Eritrean quickly fell back to the pack, which briefly dwindled to seven runners: Ethiopians Fikadu Girma Teferi, Lelisa Desisa, and Lemi Berhanu; Kenyans Kipsang and Kamworor; and Switzerland’s Tadesse Abraham.

But the moves were never decisive and the pack swelled back to 12 through 19 miles, including Americans Abdi Abdirahman, Shadrack Biwott and 2009 NYC champion Meb Keflezighi, who was running the final marathon of his career at age 42.

Kamworor finally broke the race open with a 4:45 split for the 23rd mile, with only Kipsang, Abraham and Desisa able to hang on. Ghebreslassie dropped out shortly after. The lead quartet continued to run together until the 25th mile, when Kamworor, a two-time world champion in both cross country and the half marathon, used a 4:31 to pull away.

Kipsang was seven seconds back, but pushed hard on Central Park South to maintain contact. Past 26 miles, over the final climb to the finish, the former world record holder, who won in New York in 2014, exploded with a mad dash and nearly caught Kamworor. Alas, he came up just three seconds behind the winner’s 2:10:53.

“I knew that I had made a decisive move and I was focusing on the finish line,” said the 24-year-old Kamworor, who still competes on the track, finishing sixth in the 10,000 meters at the world championships in London this summer. “So what was on my mind was that I had to believe in myself that I’m a track runner and I should have enough speed to sprint.”

Desisa (2:11:32), Berhanu (2:11:52) and Abraham (2:12:01) rounded out the Top 5, with the 40-year-old Abdirahman taking seventh (2:12:48) as the top American for the second year in a row (he also won the masters title). Keflezighi came home 11th in 2:15:29, soaking up the admiration of the crowd.

“It was a beautiful victory lap, you could say, to be up at the front and mix it up with all the great runners,” he said. “I know I can say that I gave it all I had in training, I gave all that I had today. New York came out to support me, and all the runners, 50,000 deep.”

The winners both earned $100,000 for the victory, while Flanagan and Abdirahman picked up $25,000 as the top Americans, part of a guaranteed purse of $850,000. Flanagan also won a $10,000 time bonus for breaking 2:27:00.

SWISS SWEEP IN THE WHEELCHAIR RACES

In the wheelchair races it was a Swiss sweep, with Marcel Hug and Manuela Schär taking the victories. Hug won the men’s race for the third time (and second in a row), clocking 1:37:21 and claiming all the U.S. races in the Abbott World Marathon Majors for the year after victories in Boston and Chicago. Schär (1:48:09) took her fourth WMM of 2017, coming off victories in Boston, London and Berlin.