Diane Nukuri-Johnson, Michelle Frey and Chelsea Reilly headline women's elite field
SAN FRANCISCO – (May 13, 2013) – The 102nd Bay to Breakers presented by craigslist will take place on Sunday, May 19, with an elite field heavy on U.S. road racing talent. One of them could become the first U.S. Bay to Breakers 12K winner in 20 years.
Ryan Hall, a two-time Olympic marathoner, will compete here for the first time. Hall holds the U.S. half-marathon record of 59 minutes, 43 seconds, and the American 20K record of 57:54. This will be Hall’s first race since the 2012 Olympic Marathon in London, when he struggled with injuries.
Hall is joined in the field by an an impressive collection of top elite males including:
· Tesfaye Alemayehu, originally from Ethiopia, now resides and trains in Antioch, Calif. Alemayehu is a consistent top five performer at major road races, and has turned in three Bay to Breakers top five finishes.
· Tolossa Gedefa Fufi from Ethiopia, a young promising runner following in the footsteps of great Ethiopians at Bay to Breakers, will be participating for the first time after finishing fourth at the 2012 African Championships in the 5000m.
· Olympian Bolota Asmerom resides in Oakland, California, and has placed within the top ten at Bay to Breakers twice. Bolota also holds the fastest 5000m personal best in the field, with a time of 13:15.16
· Giliat Ghebray is a former Cal Berkeley Golden Bear residing in Union City, Calif. and the reigning Pacific Association road 5K champion.
· Edward Mbuni of Kenya will make his U.S. road racing debut at Bay to Breakers. A seasoned marathoner, Mbuni has run a sharp 2:13:58 marathon and is the 2012 International Orange Marathon Champion.
· Rounding out the men’s elite field: Steve Sundell (USA), Frank Corrigan (USA) and James “The Beast” Nielsen (USA) and first-time Bay to Breakers racers Cheyne Inman (USA), Ivan Medina (USA), and Marco Anzures (USA).
An impressive female elite field is also set to create excitement at the finish, with 2012 Bay to Breakers runner-up Diane Nukuri-Johnson aiming to improve to the top spot on the podium. She was second at the NYC Half Marathon and eighth in the Boston Marathon, both personal bests. Challenging Nukuri-Johnson for the 2013 title is the top American from 2012, Michelle Frey. Frey was the fourth overall finisher in 2012 after shaving two minutes off her 2011 time.
Despite Frey and Nukuri-Johnson’s return, this year’s race might belong to local talent Chelsea Reilly. A former Cal Berkeley Golden Bear, Reilly has won two U.S. national titles within the past year. She will be competing in Bay to Breakers for the first time.
The following top females will round out the elite female field:
· Bay to Breakers first timer Adrienne Herzog, from the Netherlands. Herzog has won two bronze medals in cross country at the European Championships and is a five time national champion for the Netherlands. She also has the fastest mile personal best in the field.
· Natasha LaBeaud, from San Diego, Calif., has set five new personal bests this year in five different events which includes an eighth place finish at the competitive Carlsbad 5000.
· Catha Mullen of Woodside will step down to the 12k distance after finishing second in the Nashville Country Music Half Marathon earlier this year.
· Caroline Gregory, a local triathlete, will test her running legs over the challenging course.
“We are thrilled to have such an impressive field of top American athletes this year. Ryan Hall is an amazing athlete and we are excited to have him race Bay to Breakers for the first time. Equally as exciting is the women’s field who may give us our first American winner in 20 years,” said Bay to Breakers presented by craigslist Race Director Angela Fang. “The last American male to win was in 1986 and the last American female to win was in 1993. Both of these marks may be reset this year considering the quality of the domestic field assembled.”
The race kicks off on Sunday, May 19, at 7:00am, at the intersection of Howard and Main Street. The winners will divide a prize purse of $25,000.
Registration is open online until midnight on Wednesday, May 15, at www.baytobreakers.com