Press – Carlsbad 5000 http://www.runrocknroll.com/carlsbad-5000 Just another Run Rock N Roll Sites site Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:42:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 Thrilling U.S.-Ethiopia Silver Medalist Duel Expected in the Men’s Carlsbad 5000 http://www.runrocknroll.com/carlsbad-5000/news/2017/03/thrilling-u-s-ethiopia-silver-medalist-duel-expected-mens-carlsbad-5000/ Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:43:30 +0000 http://www.runrocknroll.com/carlsbad-5000/?p=1481   Road races are always exciting affairs, but the action in store for the men’s race at the forthcoming Carlsbad […]

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Road races are always exciting affairs, but the action in store for the men’s race at the forthcoming Carlsbad 5000 will be nothing short of electric. This storied race, a Rock ‘n’ Roll signature event, kicks off on April 2 in the beautiful seaside down of Carlsbad, California. It is, hands down, the world’s fastest 5K course where 16 world records have been set since its inception back in 1986.

At this year’s edition all eyes will be on a thrilling head-to-head match-up between Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia and American Paul Chelimo. The 27-year-old Gebremeskel has completely dominated this race in the past, having won on four occasions and being the only four-time champion in the race’s 32-year history.

“I’m excited to be coming back to Carlsbad to race over 5000m,” said Gebremeskel, who won an Olympic silver medal in the 5000m on the track back in London in 2012. “It’s one of my favorite races in the world and I have won there many times”. Gebremeskel is realistic about his chances, however. “As always it will be tough as the competition is always strong but I hope that I can add another title to my collection,” he said.

Expected to give the star Ethiopian a run for the money is also an Olympic silver medalist, Paul Chelimo of the United States. Chelimo, who was born in Kenya, but became an American citizen by enlisting in the U.S. Army, won his medal more recently at last year’s Summer Olympics in Rio. “I’m really excited and ready to compete at Carlsbad 5K,” said the 26-year-old. “It’s a good preparation for a big outdoor season, hoping to do great and get some confidence to propel me to the World Championships in London.”

Besides the Gebremeskel-Chelimo duel, there will be plenty of other top-notch talent that will be lined up at the race’s gorgeous start line along the Pacific Ocean. Australia’s Brett Robinson, who raced Carlsbad back in 2013, will return to better his 13:42 mark that he set back then. Fellow countryman Collis Birmingham, a two-time Olympian in the 5000m will also be lacing up his flats in Carlsbad. The 32-year-old has finished at this race twice in the top five in his career.

Not to be overlooked in the front pack is another top-seeded Ethiopian, Debeli Gezmu, who took third in Carlsbad last year. Gezmu has been enjoying a great start to his racing year, having set a new personal best in the indoor 3000m in Boston back in January.

Two other American runners are also expected to be in the hunt for the win on April 2: Will Leer and Jordan McNamara. Leer barely missed the podium at last year’s race, finishing fourth in 13:36. Leer has represented Team U.S.A. at two World Indoor Championships. Meanwhile, McNamara who hails from Eugene, Oregon, has run 13:49 on the roads for 5K and has blazed a 3:52.42 mile.

The Carlsbad 5000m kicks off on April 2 at 6:50am when the Masters Men division starts. The elite men’s race will start at 11:53 am as the final event in the ultimate “Party by the Sea” where all eligible runners will receive a free beer at the iconic Finish Line Festival.

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AMERICANS ROWBURY, CHELIMO TO TAKE ON INTERNATIONAL RIVALS AT CARLSBAD 5000 http://www.runrocknroll.com/carlsbad-5000/news/2017/03/americans-rowbury-chelimo-take-international-rivals-carlsbad-5000/ Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:17:24 +0000 http://www.runrocknroll.com/carlsbad-5000/?p=1463 By David Monti (c) 2017 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved. Used with permission.   (30-Mar) — The world’s fastest […]

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By David Monti

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(30-Mar) — The world’s fastest 5 km road race, the Carlsbad 5000 in Carlsbad, Calif., returns on Sunday for the 32nd edition, and will feature USA Olympians Shannon Rowbury, Paul Chelimo and Brenda Martinez facing a strong intentional field, organizers announced today.  The race, which will be run on the original course which was not used the last two years, is the home of both the men’s and women’s Association of Road Racing Statisticians (ARRS) world records of 12:59.5 and 14:46, respectively.

Rowbury, 32, who finished fourth in the Rio Olympic 1500m, will make her third Carlsbad appearance, and her first since 2013 when she finished sixth.  She could have her eye on Molly Huddle’s USA record of 14:50 set at the B.A.A. 5-K in 2015.  Rowbury already holds the USA 5000m record of 14:38.92 set at the Brussels Diamond League meeting last September.

“San Diego and Carlsbad are just stunningly beautiful,” said Rowbury, who grew up on San Francisco and now lives in Portland, Ore. “To be able to race in front of a U.S. crowd, I love it. And the course is stunning. I’m excited to open the outdoor season with a road race. This is a fun opportunity to start the season on a beautiful course that I’ve enjoyed in the past.”

Although Martinez, 29, is more of an 800/1500m runner, she is well known for her hard road workouts near her home in Big Bear Lake, Calif., and is a veteran of four Carlsbad 5000’s.  Her best mark at Carlsbad is 15:24 from 2014, which was good for fourth place, and her 5000m personal best is a respectable 15:30.89.

Other top American women entered are Lauren Paquette (5000m PB of 15:14.45), Neely Gracey (15:25.34), and Christy Cazzola (16:21.49).  From overseas, Sweden’s Sarah Lahti (15:10.76 PB) has the fastest 5000m time, but Olympians Viola Lagat of Kenya (15:35.12) and Dominique Scott of South Africa (15:25.10) are also threats to make the podium.

On the men’s side, the 26 year-old Chelimo won the silver medal in Rio at 5000m last summer and has a career best time of 13:03.90.  However, he is not the fastest, or most decorated, man in the field, a distinction which belongs to Ethiopia’s Dejen Gebremeskel, the 2012 Olympic 5000m silver medalist who has a personal best of 12:46.81.  Gebremeskel has already won Carlsbad a record four times.

“I’m excited to be coming back to Carlsbad to race over 5000m,” Gebremeskel said through a statement.  “It’s one of my favorite races in the world and I have won there many times.  As always it will be tough (to win) as the competition is always strong, but I hope that I can add another title to my collection.”

Other contenders for the podium include Britain’s Andy Vernon (13:11.50 PB) and Tom Lancashire (13:34.44); Australia’s Collis Birmingham (13:09.57), Brett Robinson (13:18.96), and Sam McEntee (13:20.72); Dutchman Jesper van der Wielen (13:29.02); and Americans Will Leer (13:21.55) and Mac Fleet (3:38.35 1500m PB).

Since the inaugural edition in 1986, the Carlsbad 5000 has seen 16 world records, eight U.S. records, along with numerous national and age-group marks.

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