Eleven Olympians to Run NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K on Saturday, November 2

October 16, 2013

World-class fields also include American Olympians Molly Huddle and Kim Conley, along with 2013 USA Cross Country Champion Chris Derrick and World Championships team member Ben True

Part of ING New York City Marathon weekend festivities, the 5K race will start near the United Nations building and end at the famed Marathon finish line in Central Park

New York, October 16, 2013—American Olympic medalist Shalane Flanagan will headline the professional athlete fields for the NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K on Saturday, November 2. New Zealand’s Nick Willis and Kenya’s Sally Kipyego are also among the Olympic medalists who will be part of the incredibly competitive fields assembled for the race, to be run during ING New York City Marathon weekend, it was announced today by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.

The field also includes American Olympian and eight-time USA Champion Molly Huddle and her 2012 Olympic teammate Kim Conley. Chris Derrick, the 2013 USA cross country champion, and his IAAF World Cross Country Championships teammate Ben True will also add to the strength of the field, unparalleled by any other 5K in the world this year, which includes 11 London Olympians, three Olympic medalists, 13 women with personal bests under 15:30, 16 men with personal bests under 13:30, 12 current and former USA Champions, and 18 former NCAA Champions. Additional athletes, notable performances, personal best 5K times, and Twitter handles are listed below.

The NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K brings together more than 5,000 runners, families, and friends from around the world to partake in the ING New York City Marathon race weekend. The event allows everyone to be a part of the infectious Marathon excitement. You’ll see another famous athlete “dashing” through the city: Professional women’s basketball player with the Connecticut Sun, and Team USA 2008 Olympic gold medalist Kara Lawson. The race, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 2, near the United Nations building, allows runners to take a high-speed tour of midtown Manhattan and finish at the famed Marathon Finish Line.

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Athlete Backgrounds and Notable Performances

  • Flanagan, 32, of Portland, OR, won the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in a time of 2:25:38 and went on to finish 10th in the Olympic Marathon. She is the American record-holder at 3000 and 5000 meters indoors and 10,000 meters outdoors. Flanagan was second at the 2010 ING New York City Marathon in her debut at the distance.

  • Huddle, 28, of Providence, RI, set the American 5000-meter record of 14:44.76 in 2010 at the Memorial Van Damme Diamond League meet in Brussels.  Huddle also made the U.S. Olympic team for London, where she finished 11th in the 5000 meter; her sixth-place finish in the 5000 meters at the World Championships in August was the highest-ever finish by an American in that event.

  • Conley, 26, of West Sacramento, CA, was third at the 2012 Olympic Trials at 5000 meters (15: 19.79), and she also competed in the 2013 IAAF World Championships, 5000 meters, placing 12th in 15:36.58.

  • Willis, 30, of Ann Arbor, MI, was the 2008 Beijing Olympic 1500-meter silver medalist.  He placed ninth in the 2012 London Olympic 1500 meters. Willis won the NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile in September in a time of 3:52.1, his second title on Fifth Avenue.

  • Evan Jager, 23, of Portland , OR is the American record-holder in the 3000-meter steeplechase. He finished sixth in that event at the London Olympics, and fifth at the World Championships in Moscow.

  • Lopez Lomong, 27, of Beaverton, OR is a two-time Olympian. He won the NYRR Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games in February, and broke the American record in the indoor 5000 meters at New York’s Armory Track & Field Center in March.

  • Derrick, 23, of Portland, OR, is the 2013 USA Cross Country Champion and finished third in the 2013 USA Outdoor Championships 10,000 meters. Derrick was a fourteen-time NCAA Division I All-American and has a 5000-meter personal best of 13:08.04.

  • True, 27, of Hanover, NH, is a two-time USA 5K champion and a two-time champion at the B.A.A. 5K on Boston Marathon weekend.  He established a new 5000-meter personal best of 13:11.59 in Monaco in July.

 

Professional Women

First Name

Last Name

Personal Best 5K, Location, Year

Twitter Handle

Catherine

Beck

16:39.79, Stanford, 2012

 

Julia

Bleasdale

15:02.00, London, 2012

@JuliaBleasdale

Andrea

Bradshaw

None

 

Charlotte

Browning

17:00.79, Knoxville, 2010

@CL_Browning

Jeanna

Composti

None

 

Kim

Conley

15:09.57, Eugene, 2013

@KimConley

Liz

Costello

15:45.11, Oxy, 2012

 

Sarah

Cummings

16:14.84, Mt. SAC, 2011

@sarahccummings

Esther

Erb

16:42, Boston, 2012

@estherb86

Brie

Felnagle

15:14.33, Oxy, 2013

@BrieFelnagle

Shalane

Flanagan

14:44.80, Mt. SAC, 2007

@ShalaneFlanagan

Sarah

Groff

16:42, Boston, 2011

@sgroffy

Sara

Hall

15:20.88, Naimette, 2006

@SaraHall3

Genna

Hartung

16:38.32(i), Boston, 2012

@GennaHartung

Stephanie

Herrick

None

 

Ashley

Higginson

16:02.32, Mt. SAC, 2010

@AshleyHigz

Molly

Huddle

14:44.76, Brussels, 2010 (NR)

@MollyHuddle

Emily

Infeld

15:28.60, Eugene, 2012

@emily_infeld

Allie

Kieffer

15:52.37, Stanford, 2011

@AllieKieffer

Caroline

King

None

 

Sally

Kipyego

14:30.42, Zurich, 2011

@sallykipyego

Erin

Koch

None

 

Katie

Mackey

15:23.65, Stanford, 2013

@KatiefMackey

Alexi

Pappas

15:47.13(i), Fayetteville, 2013

@AlexiPappas

Lauren

Penney

15:56.80, Stanford, 2013

@lpenney

Caitlin

Phillips

None

 

Chelsea

Reilly

15:10.14, Zurich, 2013

 

Cydney

Ross

None

@cydmarie16

Betsy

Saina

15:12.05, Stanford, 2013

@bcsaina

Melissa

Salerno

16:21.30, Raleigh, 2012

 

Nicole

Schappert

16:09, Providence, 2011

 

Neely

Spence Gracey

15:26.51, Mt. SAC, 2013

@neelyspenceG

Rebeka

Stowe

16:08.77, Stanford, 2013

@rdstowe7

Renee

Tomlin

17:02, New York, 2011

@ReneeTomlin

Nicol

Traynor

16:10.37, Mt. SAC, 2011

@nicolwithnoE

Lisa

Uhl

14:55.74, Saint-Denis, 2010

@lisa_uhl

Amanda

Winslow

15:54.66, Raleigh, 2013

@awin250

Jane

Vongvorachoti

17:24, New York, 2012

 

 

Professional Men

First Name

Last Name

Personal Best 5K, Location, Year

Twitter Handle

Mark

Amirault

13:45.69, Stanford, 2011

@slamirault

Robby

Andrews

None

@RA_Andrews

Wayne

Bartholomew

None

 

Scott

Bauhs

13:28.40, Oxy, 2012

@ScottyBauhs

Erik

Berg

None

 

Liam

Boylan-Pett

None

@liam_bp

Aaron

Braun

13:20.25, Portland, 2012

@aaBrauny

Russell

Brown

None

@RussellWBrown

Andrew

Bumbalough

13:12.01, Huesden, 2013

@RA_Andrews

Donn

Cabral

13:40.62, Des Moines, 2011

@DonnCabral

Gian-Paul

Caccia

14:46, New York, 2011

@GPCaccia

Samuel

Chelanga

13:09.67, Eugene, 2012

 

Nick

Crits

None

 

Chris

Derrick

13:08.04, Brussels, 2013

@CDerrickRun

German

Fernandez

13:25.46, Eugene, 2009 (NJR)

@german_ferndz

Kevin

Fitzgerald

None

 

Elliott

Heath

13:26.14, Stanford, 2011

@elliottheathbar

Garrett

Heath

13:20.01, Stanford, 2013

 

Ryan

Hill

None

 

Evan

Jager

13:22.18, Eugene, 2009

@evanjager

Will

Leer

13:21.55, Mt. SAC, 2013

@william_leer

Lopez

Lomong

13:11.62, Stanford, 2012

@lopezlomong

Travis

Mahoney

13:48.76, Stanford, 2012

@UrbanSteepler

Kyle

Merber

14:02.91, Princeton, 2010

@TheRealMerb

Ford

Palmer

None

 

Gabe

Proctor

13:55.37(i), Seattle, 2013

 

Ben

Scheetz

None

@TheRealBScheetz

Chris

Solinsky

12:55.53, Stockholm, 2010

@ChrisSolinsky

Joe

Stilin

13:33.13, Oxy, 2013

@StilinIt

David

Torrence

13:16.53, Stanford, 2012

@David_Torrence

Ben

True

13:11.59, Huesden, 2013

@BenTrue

Trevor

Van Ackeren

None

 

Nick

Willis

13:27.54, Sacramento, 2005

@nickwillis

Thomas

Young

14:30, Binghamton, 2013

 

 

Quotes

Shalane Flanagan

"I am very excited to be invited by New York Road Runners to compete in the Dash to the Finish Line 5k. I will be soaking up all the inspiration and positive energy of the ING New York City Marathon without having to do all the training! The 5k is going to be a great way to kick-start a memorable weekend."

Nick Willis

“I am pumped to be returning to the Big Apple only a few weeks after a thrilling experience winning the Fifth Avenue Mile.  The step up to 5K will pose a different challenge, and I can't wait to test myself over the longer distance.  Who knows, maybe I’ll even get a taste of the marathon distance being in New York City during marathon weekend!”

Mary Wittenberg

“The Dash to the Finish Line 5K is another fantastic way to get everyone involved in the ING New York City Marathon weekend. Whether you want to run or spectate at one of the most fun 5Ks this year, this event gives everyone a reason to come out and experience the Marathon Finish Line. We are thrilled to have such a talented group of professional athletes, including Shalane Flanagan and Lopez Lomong, running this race with us and more than 5,000 other runners—all coming together in celebration of New York City.”

About the ING New York City Marathon

NYRR’s premier event, the ING New York City Marathon is the most loved and most inclusive marathon in the world, attracting elite athletes and recreational runners alike for the challenge and thrill of a lifetime. The race has grown tremendously since it began in 1970 with just 127 runners racing four laps of Central Park. Now, some 48,000 participants from all over the globe flock to New York City every November for an adrenaline-filled road tour of all five boroughs, starting on Staten Island at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and ending in Central Park. Some run for prize money or bragging rights, others for charity or their personal best. All are cheered on by more than two million live spectators and a TV audience of 330 million.

 

NYRR is proud to be a part of the World Marathon Majors—an alliance with the Tokyo, Boston, Virgin Money London, BMW Berlin, and Bank of America Chicago marathons—to advance the sport, raise awareness and increase interest and involvement in participatory and professional marathon running globally. A signature element is the WMM series, which offers a $1 million prize purse to be split equally between the top male and the top female marathoner in the world.

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