2010 Ottowa Race Weekend: Set 10k WR, Win $100k!, story by Victah Sailer, note by Larry Eder

Deriba Merga, 2010 BAA Boston, photo by PhotoRun.net.

Deriba Merga will be one of the elite field, trying to break the
10k road World best at the Ottowa 10k this weekend! To learn
more just read on!

A new 10K world record will yield $100,000 prize
Ottawa, Canada May 28, 2010

Elite racers competing for first place at the 2010 Ottawa Race Weekend 10K road race will be pacing themselves to smash the world record of 27:01 minutes set by Micah Kogo of Kenya in March 2009. Their incentive is an unclaimed prize of $100,000 offered by ORW organizers in 2009.  The Ottawa 10km is a IAAF Silver Laber Road Race, the elite men will start 4 minutes and 7 seconds after the women, the first man or women across the finishline will add an additional $5,000 dollars to their purse
Deriba Merga of Ethiopia will return for a second shot at the world record and the purse. He comes to Ottawa after finishing third (2:08:39) in the Boston Marathon in April - a race which he won in 2009.
"Last year in Ottawa I beat the 8K world best with a time of 21:48," says Merga. "I want to come back and see if I can do the same on the 10K distance."
Meanwhile Dire Tune, whose personal best 10K time is 31:40, will be looking to break the women's 10K world record of 30:21 minutes set by Paula Radcliffe in 2003. Tune won the 2008 Boston Marathon and finished 2nd in 2009 Boston Marathon, so she's fully capable of blazing her way to a best-ever finish.

Deriba Merga               Ethiopia
Eric Gillis                    Canada
Robert Letting               Kenya
Hosea Rutto               Kenya
Dereje Tadesse           Ethiopia
Mohamed El Hachimi     Morocco
Stephen Chemlany          Kenya
Willy Kimosop               Kenya
Matt Loiselle               Canada
Dylan Wykes               Canada
Reid Coolsaet               Canada

Dire Tune                    Ethiopia
Emebet     Bacha                Ethiopia
Rehima Kedir               Ethiopia
Genoveva     Kigen          Kenya
Ogla Kimaiyo               Kenya
Hyvon Ngetich               Kenya
Lucy Njeri                    Kenya
Danette Doetzel          Canada
Paula Wiltse               Canada

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