Boston 2009-Update 2-Women running, Men start, by Larry Eder


Women are still running slow, hitting four miles in 24:07, five miles in 29:59. Elva Dryer, Colleen de Reuck, Kara Goucher there. On Men's side, Ryan Hall in lead, hit one mile in 4.41, with Robert Cheruiyot in third, Hall taking it out. On the split screen in Boston media room, pretty amazing to see Americans upfront. Goucher just behind Grigoryeva as they grab water at the water station. Grigoryeva had to pull over and stop to put her right shoe back on, she has gotten back into the pack.

Second mile for men hit in 4.42, Ryan Hall doing tangents. Women's pace has dropped to 2:36 pace, but pace will continue to drop.

Men's race has been 4:41, 9.;22, as Ryan Hall has dropped back behind Robert Cheruiyot, as Robert was letting Hall break the wind. What Hall has to be careful about is that runners from other countries will try and make a move on Hall. Hall has to run a very savvy race. Three miles hit in 14:05 and 5k in 14:34!

The men's pack is Gashaw Asfaw, Robert Cheruiyot, Tekeste Kebede, Deriba Mera, Ryan Hal, Solomon Molla, Daniel Rono, James Koskei. Men are on, as announced David Murphy, " a scorching pace,". Projected finish is 2:02.47. My feeling is that this is a 2:05 race. These guys are burning up the course!

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