NYRR Distance Carnival, UC Berkeley, April 24, Fields Announced, by NYRR, Notes by Larry Eder


Some of the top American distance runners plus runners from five other countries will be contesting the 5,000 meter and 10,000 meter distances at the new NYRR sponsored UC Distance Carnival, as part of the Brutus Hamilton Invitational, to be held April 24.

Among the top athletes are Anthony Famiglietti and Jorge Torres, in the men's 10,000 meters and Shannon Rowbury, in the womens' 5,000 meters. Both Rowbury and Famiglietti ran the Carslbad 5,000 meters last weekend with good performances!

Fam has run 3:54 for the mile, 13;11 for 5,000 meters and 27:36 for 10,0000 meters, as well as 8:14 for the steeplechase. He is one of the most versatile of US male distance runners. Shannon Rowbury has run near 4:00 for 1,500 meters, in her first true season, in 2008, as an elite women distance runner. Her 15:41 on the Carlsbad coarse last weekend shows that she could be quite dangerous over the 12.5 laps on the track! Should be some solid races. Each event is set up with pacers to help the athletes reach qualifying marks for the World Championships and the USATF championships as well.

Fam running 13:28 at Carlsbad, April 5, 2009, photo by PhotoRun.net

Shannon Rowbury, Anthony Famiglietti, and Jorge Torres Headline

Group of Olympians Competing at the NYRR Distance Carnival

Sixteen Olympians to race in NYRR Distance Carnival at Brutus Hamilton Invitational

New York, April 7, 2009—Sixteen Olympians, including 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials 1500-meter champion Shannon Rowbury, two-time Olympic steeplechaser Anthony Famiglietti, and 2008 U.S. 10,000-meter Olympian Jorge Torres, are currently entered in the inaugural NYRR Distance Carnival on Friday, April 24. The event, which was announced Tuesday by New York Road Runners officials, is an initiative by NYRR to support the longstanding Brutus Hamilton Invitational at the University of California.

An international field of athletes will be attempting to achieve qualifying times at 5000 meters, 10,000 meters, and the 3000-meter steeplechase for the IAAF World Championships later this summer in Berlin. In partnering with the University of California to host the NYRR Distance Carnival, NYRR will arrange pacemakers for the seeded heats of the men’s and women’s 5000- and 10,000-meter races.

Rowbury at Carlsbad 5,000 meters, photo by Photorun.net.

Rowbury, a top American entrant in the women’s 5000 meters, most recently finished second in the Carlsbad 5000 on April 5. She is expected to face stiff competition from a trio of rising Americans in Emily Brown, Sara Hall, and Sara Slattery. On the men’s side, Torres, a 2008 Olympian at 10,000 meters, will line up against three fellow 2008 Olympians in Juan Luis Barrios of Mexico, Tom Lancashire of Great Britain, and Kevin Sullivan of Canada.

Team USA Minnesota’s Katie McGregor is the top American in the women’s 10,000 meters. Famiglietti will face Olympians from five different countries in the men’s 10,000 meters

For complete meet information, visit www.calbears.com.

Top entrants include:

Men’s 5000 meters

Juan Luis Barrios, MEX – 2008 Olympian, 5000m

Bobby Curtis, USA – 2008 NCAA Champion, 5000m

Tom Lancashire, GBR – 2008 Olympian, 1500m

Kevin Sullivan, CAN – Three-time Olympian and Canadian record-holder, 1500m

Jorge Torres, USA – 2008 Olympian, 10,000m

The race will be paced by Jon Rankin and Haron Lagat.

Women’s 5000 meters

Mary Cullen, IRL – 2009 European Indoor Championships bronze medalist, 3000m

Emily Brown, USA – 2009 USA Cross Country champion

Sara Hall, USA – 2009 USA Indoor Championships runner-up, 3000m

Shannon Rowbury, USA – 2008 Olympian, 1500m

Sara Slattery, USA – 2007 Pan American Games gold medalist, 10,000m

The race will be paced by Marina Muncan.

Men’s 10,000 meters

Michael Aish, NZL – Two-time Olympian

Collis Birmingham, AUS – 2008 Olympian, 5000m

Martin Fagan, IRL – 2008 Olympian, marathon, and Irish record-holder, half-marathon

Anthony Famiglietti, USA – Two-time Olympian

Andrew Lemoncello, GBR – 2008 Olympian, 3000m steeplechase

Ed Moran, USA – 2007 Pan American Games gold medalist, 5000m

Juan Carlos Romero, MEX – 2008 Olympian, 10,000m

The race will be paced by Bolota Asmerom and Haron Lagat.

Women’s 10,000 meters

Katie McGregor, USA – Four-time USA champion

Philes Ongori, KEN – 2008 world’s fifth-ranked 10,000-meter runner

Dulce Maria Rodriguez , MEX – Three-time Olympian

The race will be paced by Teyba Naser.

New York Road Runners

New York Road Runners, founded in 1958, is dedicated to promoting the sport of distance running, enhancing health and fitness for all, and responding to community needs. Our road races and other fitness programs draw upwards of 300,000 runners annually, and together with our magazine and website support and promote professional and recreational running. A staff of more than 100, assisted by thousands of volunteers, stages the ING New York City Marathon, as well as a road race nearly every weekend plus many track and cross country events. NYRR’s home base in New York, and its lifelong identification with Central Park, have given many of its events iconic status, attracting the world’s top professional runners. Our youth programs provide running to 50,000 schoolchildren in New York City, around the country, and in South Africa who would otherwise have few or no fitness opportunities. For more information, visit www.nyrr.org.

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