Carlsbad 5000 Top Moments: Bernard Lagat

The Carlsbad 5000, now in its 31st year, has garnered many of the fastest 5K times that have ever been run on an IAAF (international governing body for the sport of athletics) certified course. The Carlsbad 5000 has been dubbed the nickname, ‘The Worlds Fastest 5K’, as numerous world records have been run on the streets of the seaside town, in California. With an elevation of just 50 feet, along with picture perfect weather, star studded fields of runners blaze the streets of Carlsbad, taking aim to nab the win at the historic venue.

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The start of the 2015 Carlsbad 5000.

Although several memorable moments have occurred at the Carlsbad 5000 since it’s inception in 1986, this is one of the fastest:

Bernard Lagat has been smashing numerous records on the track over the years, but as he’s neared the end of his career, he’s started to take down road race records as well. The Washington State University (’00) graduate now trains in Tuscon, Arizona and hasn’t slowed one step. Heading into the 2015 Carlsbad 5000, many eyes were on Lagat’s training partner, Lawi Lalang, but that didn’t deter the fire in Lagat’s stride.

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Bernard didn’t break the 5000m Road Masters World Record last year. He shattered it. Lagat finished the race in 13:40, breaking the Masters World Record by 14 seconds; a feat unmatched for 24 years. After the race, he was quoted as saying, “Running this fast at 40, it’s not bad at all, I wanted the big one [Marc Davis’American road record of 13:24]. I was hoping to go out a bit faster, but for some reason it didn’t happen today.”

As the saying goes: “Records are meant to be broken,” and Lagat ran that day as if he didn’t want his Masters World Record to be broken for quite some time. Recently, Bernard has also stated that 2016 will be his last year in which he focuses on the track. We can’t wait to see what times he will lay down when Lagat is in full focus on the roads.