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Braun, Kleppin Head LA Marathon Elite Fields

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RunnerSpace.com/RoadRacing   on Jan 24 2014, 03:34 PM

A stacked line-up  of more than 20 of the world’s most competitive distance runners—including defending men’s champion Erick Mose and 2013 men’s runner-up Julius Keter—headline the field for the 2014 ASICS LA Marathon, which will be held on Sunday, March 9th 2014.

This year’s ASICS LA Marathon, which will once again follow its popular Stadium to the Sea course, starting at Dodger Stadium and finishing near the Santa Monica Pier, will be the 29th edition of the race, which became an annual event following the historic 1984 Olympic Game in Los Angeles.

Kenya’s Mose, whose come-from-behind surge in the final two miles ultimately overtook fellow countryman Keter—the grandson of Olympic legend Kip Keino—and clinched last year’s title, heads a talented list of 11 top male runners who have committed to this year’s race, including rising Americans Aaron Braun, Adam Roach and Stephan Shay.

The women’s field is equally competitive, with five top Ethiopian talents who each sport sub-2:36 marathon PRs, includingGenet Getaneh, the top finisher at the 2007 and 2007 IAAF World Half Marathon Championship, as well as Ukranian Olena Burkovska, a former winner of Europe’s venerable  Košice Peace Marathon, along with four emerging young American talents.

“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,” said Tracey Russell, CEO LA MARATHON LLC.   “The 2014 ASICS LA Marathon will be an exciting year for the elites, general runners and the spectators.”

Fresh off the heels of a second place finish in the 2014 U.S. Half Marathon Championship earlier this month, Aaron Braun will make his marathon debut alongside two-time defending Big Sur International Marathon champion Adam Roach and Stephan Shay, who placed in the top five at the 2012 U.S. Half Marathon Championship, to lead the elite U.S. runners competing in Los Angeles this year.  Among the women, the Americans are also well represented with athletes who include  three-time Olympics Trials qualifiers Kristen Fryburg-Zaitz and; Heather McWhirter, the second-place finisher at last year’s Buffalo Marathon;  and Lindsey Scherf who placed second at the 2012 U.S. 25K Championship.

Additional top international male qualifiers include Ethiopian Raji Assefa , the 2012 Paris International Marathon runner-up;Lani Rutto of Kenya, a top-ten finisher in the 2013 BMW Frankfurt Marathon and Canadian Greg Wieczorek, a three-time Blue Nose Marathon winner.

A list of the elite runners who have committed to this year’s ASICS LA Marathon on March 9 is below. More information on additional runners who have committed to the race will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information, visit www.lamarathon.com.

2014 ASICS LA MARATHON

Elite Runners Confirmed

MEN

NAME PERSONAL BEST COUNTRY
Gezahegn Alemayehu 2:09:42 (Košice, 2013) Ethiopia
Raji Assefa 2:06:24 (Paris, 2012) Ethiopia
Fikre Assefa 2:10:23 (Linz, Austria, 2013) Ethiopia
Aaron Braun 2nd - 1:01:38 (Houston Half,  2014) USA
Julius Kipyego Keter 2:10:31 (Los Angeles, 2013) Kenya
Erick Mose 2:09:44 (Los Angeles, 2013) Kenya
Adam Roach 2:24:30 (Sacramento, 2013) USA
Lani Rutto 2:10:01 (Frankfurt, 2013) Kenya
Stephan Shay 2:16:48 (Houston, 2012) USA
Greg Wieczorek 2:25:56 (Houston, 2012) Canada
Dawit Wolde 1st – 1:00:46 (Egmond Half, 2012) Ethiopia
Gabriel Proctor 1:02:22 (Houston Half, 2014) USA

 

WOMEN

NAME PERSONAL BEST COUNTRY
Olena Burkovska 2:27:07 (Hannover, 2013) Ukraine
Gulume Chala 2:36:04 (Danzhou, 2013) Ethiopia
Degefa Bruktayit Eshetu 2:26:22 (Houston, 2014) Ethiopia
Kristen Fryburg-Zaitz 2:37:50 (Sacramento, 2013) USA
Genet Getaneh 2:25:38 (Amsterdam, 2012) Ethiopia
Agnes Jepkosgei 2:39:17 (Nairobi, 2013) Kenya
Heather McWhirter 2:45:33 (Buffalo, 2012) USA
Elfnesh Melaku 2:31:41 (Chongqing, 2013) Ethiopia
Lindsey Scherf 2nd – 1:25:12 (U.S. 25K Champ, 2012) USA
Tigist Tufa 2:29:24 (New York City, 2013) Ethiopia
Lauren Kleppin 2:42:17 (Carlsbad, 2013) USA
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