A whole lotta distance action in Track Town USA

A whole lotta distance action in Track Town USA

The 2013 installment of the Diamond League race in Eugene, Oregon is set to be a huge treat for distance fans. Much like last year’s installment (which saw more than a handful of men break 27 minutes for the 10k) the 10k, 5k, international and Bowerman mile races are all stacked. With the 10k being held on Friday night, and also being free for anyone to come, Track Town USA is making this meet a must see for any distant running fans.

 

The Diamond League meet will start out hot with a 1 k this Friday headlined by World Record Holder Kenenisa Bekele. Though the Ethiopian is still on the comeback from injury, his 26:17:53 WR has never been matched. He will be joined in the field by younger brother, and reigning Olympic Bronze Medalist, Tariku Bekele, along with 5 other sub-27 minute runners. The pace is supposed to go out at around 13:20 for 5k.

 

One of the biggest disappoints of the meet was hearing Olympic Gold Medalist Mo Farah was dropping out of the 10k. Though this was a hit, Farah will re-enter in the 5k to battle it out with Galen Rupp and Bernard Lagat. The raced will also feature Americans Chris Derrick and, Garrett Heath, and Dathan Ritzenhein. Ibrahim Jeilan (World Championship silver medalist) of Ethiopia and Isiah Koech of Kenya (12:48 5k runner) will also be in the field.

 

The final event of the meet will be, as always, the Bowerman Mile. Honoring the man who made Oregon known as Track Town USA, the Bowerman Mile is always  stacked. In previous years it has housed World Leading times, as well as the still standing American Record, and this year it seems to be poised to do the same. The field is headlined by Asbel Kiprop of Kenyan, who has been unstoppable in 2013. He will be facing off against countrymen Nixon Chepseba and Silas Kplagat, as well as Americans Leo Manzano and Matthew Centrowitz. This race should not disappoint. Though both have been struggling this year, Centrowitz placed 3rd in the 2011 World Championships, while Manzano won the Silver medal last summer at the Olympics. Will anyone in the field be able to compete with the red hot Kiprop?

 

Tune into the race live, this Friday on NBC sports, or through Letsrun for a live internet stream. For more information on heats, start times, and entries, visit the Diamond League website.