Two defending champions and an international contingent to lead sold-out field of the 23rd edition of this Southern California coastal classic
CARLSBAD, Calif. – Two defending champions and an international contingent of elite athletes will compete for a $10,000 prize purse and lead a sold-out field of 10,500 participants at the 23rd Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon on Sunday, Jan. 19, announced In Motion, Inc., the event organizer.
Mexico’s Mario Macias, the men’s marathon two-time defending champion will be in the running for a coveted three-peat crown, the first in the marathon’s recent history. The Steamboat Springs, Colo. resident aced the 2013 edition in 2 hours, 19 minutes and 43 seconds and 2012 in 2:22:24. Macias will toe the start line with Jae Yung Hyung of South Korea, the 2012 runner-up (2:25:03) and Ethiopia’s Abiyot Endale, 27, who holds a 2:15:34 marathon PR (2012 Hartford Marathon). Abebe Mekiyura, also of Ethiopia, holds a 2:15:58 personal best (2009 at Palermo Marathon) and won the 2013 Philadelphia Marathon in 2:17:35.
On the women’s marathon side, Aregash Abate, 22, of Ethiopia brings the fastest marathon PR to the field (2:42:41 for the win at the 2013 Philadelphia Marathon) but only by three seconds. San Diego’s Elisa Karhu, a 21-year-old pre-med student at UC Berkeley, nailed her personal best with a 2:42:44 victory at the 2013 Santa Barbara Int'l Veterans Marathon, shattering the course record by almost six minutes. The women will be joined by five other women with sub-3:00 personal bests including Bonnie Axman of San Diego who clocked her 2:46:29 PR at the 2013 Columbus Marathon.
The men’s half marathon field will feature Kenya’s Stephen Sambu, 25, the defending champion who blazed to the sixth fastest time in the event's history (1:03:02) at his debut at the distance. Sambu, a former All-American distance runner at the University of Arizona will be joined by Tesfaye Alemayehu of Ethiopia who brings the second fasted PR to the start line (1:02:23 at the 2013 America’s Finest City Half Marathon) and scored a podium finish at the 2013 Carlsbad Half, finishing 3rd in 1:04:14. Also in the mix is Kenya's Rodgers Ondati, 27 who ran a 1:05:01 PR at the 2013 Medio Marathon.
In the women’s half-marathon, the 2013 third place finisher (1:14:24) and professional triathlete, Heather Jackson of Bend, Ore. will be joined by Natasha LaBeaud Anzures, 26, of San Diego who ran her 1:14:54 PR at the 2013 America’s Finest City Half Marathon for second woman overall.
The 26.2- and 13.1-mile courses will take participants through Carlsbad Village, along historic Pacific Coast Highway and past numerous Carlsbad points of interest. Twenty-eight live bands and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, sandy beaches and picturesque lagoons will entertain and motivate the runners.
The race weekend also includes the Health & Lifestyle Expo and the Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND. The Kids Marathon Mile is set for 8 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, at LEGOLAND® California.
Race weekend sponsors include: Tri-City Medical Center, LEGOLAND California, Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa, Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach, Ultima Replenisher, Arrowhead, NRG West, Cobian, Visit Carlsbad, Lexus Carlsbad, Road Runner Sports, Zoot Sports, Clif Bar, Clif Shot and Souplantation.
For more information regarding the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon, please visit: www.carlsbadmarathon.com