Preview of the GATE River Run 15k National Championship, by Carolyn Mather/Running Journal

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Ben True running 13:02 against Hassan Mead, Payton Jordan, May 2014

Carolyn Mather emailed me today, as I was finishing up the coverage of the European Indoor Champs. I had forgotten to post her preview of the GATE 15k, which is to be held on March 14, 2015. 

The GATE 15k is part of the USA Championship road circuit, another way that USATF and the road running community support our developing and elite athletes. With a fantastic race history and 23,000 runners, The GATE 15k will be a barn burner. 


PREVIEW OF THE GATE RIVER RUN 15K NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, by Carolyn Mather

The GATE River Run is the largest 15K race in the United States and will once again serve as the USA 15K Championship with America's top athletes competing for $85,000 in prize money. "We have had record entries in the 15K signature event for the past 13 years," race director Doug Alred said, "and so far 2015 is on pace for another record year for this 38th running of the race.

Last year more than 23,000 runners and walkers participated in the day's five events, making the event Jacksonville's largest participatory sporting event. This popular Jacksonville tradition starts and finishes at the Jacksonville Sports Complex. The event is hosted by the Jacksonville Track Club Running. As a new perk this year, Skechers shoes will be awarded to the fastest man and woman in each age group in addition to the finisher's medal and the top 10% hats.

The GATE River Run attracts a top field of world-class American runners competing in the 15K National USATF Championship, and this year's elite field is shaping up as one of the strongest yet, including the men's defending champion, Olympians and former GATE champions . In spite of there being two USATF national championships on consecutive days (Gate on the 14th and LA Marathon on the 15th), elite athlete coordinator Richard Fannin has been working tirelessly over the past year to bring seasoned competitors and rising stars to race at Gate.

According to Fannin, "At Gate River Run, we have always tried to 'nuture' young runners .. back in 1984, while still at Virginia Tech (and still sunburned from spring break in Daytona) 22 year old Mark Stickley ran toe to toe with the Kenyans and ran 43:19 on a hot day .. in recent years, while still in college, Matt Llano and Craig Curley competed here .. beginning to make a name for themselves. It seems the ages of 22 to 24 are crucial for developing runners .. they are either going to 'give it a shot' or bag it and join the real world. Recently, a slew of young guns have entered the road circuit; most recently at the t Houston half marathon champs where 10 or 12 'youngsters' qualified for the Trials. In an effort to continue to foster this, I am announcing the first ever "24 under 24" , 24 young men (under 24) and 24 young women whose recent times made the list .. the first finisher of these 24 men and women at Gate River Run will receive a special bonus.

After Ben True ran the last mile of the Gate last year in 3:58, Fannin thought it would be awesome to add an unique event within the event. Given the course topography, a large portion of the last mile is the downhill on the Hart Bridge aka "The Green Monster". The Adecco Downhill Mile Challenge will award $1,000 to the fastest male and female in the last mile of the course.

The Equalizer Bonus will again award $5,000 to either the first male or female finisher to cross the finish line. The differential has been permanently set at six minutes by race director Alred. The GATE River Run is the site of both the men's and women's 15K American records, women's Masters record, and is a Runner's World 'Top 100 Event.

Racing for the Tenbroeck Team cup and the team title, there are eight women's teams and eight men's teams. The BAA ladies will be the team to beat as the US Army WCP team will go off as the men's favorite.

Ben True is returning to defend his past two Gate titles and will have a group of serious contenders. Christo Landry is coming off a stellar 2014 and having been belatedly given the 2012 Gate title after it was taken away from Mo Trafeh after drug charges , Landry is surely ready to take the title outright. Aron Rono, Ryan Vail and Sean Quigley are certain to be in the mix. One of the more interesting entrants in the field is Shadrack Kipchirchir who will be running his first road race at Gate. As a member of the US Army World Class Athletes program, he has the second fastest 10K time of 2014 with a speedy 27:36:79 on the track. Gate will certainly be a fantastic introduction to the roads.

 On the ladies side Laura Thweatt is on a run with her recent dominant performance taking the national cross country title. Olympian Amy Hastings had a spectacular Chicago Marathon and this is a step towards her debut at the Boston Marathon. Kellyn Taylor had an incredible debut at the Houston Marathon. I would never count out recently turned master three time Olympian Jen Rhines who is being inducted into the Gate River Run Hall of Fame the week of the race. Jen is one tough lady and knows the course well.

Given the depth of the field, it may be likely that the winner(s) come from the rest of the field. Fannin has set up a battle for the title of USA 15K champion.

Following are the runners entered in the race as of 2/15/2015.

FEMALES:

BIB #

Last Name

First Name

team

Age

Sex


36

Accurso

Juli

TEAM RUN EUGENE

22

F


18

Balouris

Elaina

BAA

23

F


38

Becque

Claudia

HTS

38

F


40

Behm

Mia

ADIDAS ROGUE

25

F


42

Bergman

Jennifer

RIADHA

23

F


16

Bottorff

Juliet

BAA

24

F


32

Bracy

Addie

HTS

28

F


26

Burla

Serena

RIADHA

32

F


44

Callahan

Maggie

HTS

26

F


46

Cappello

Heather


35

F


48

Comfort

Caitlin

OISELLE

25

F


50

Cozzarelli

Andie

OISELLE

24

F


52

Dunn

Jennifer


24

F


54

Ely

Brett

TEAM RUN EUGENE

35

F


56

Findley

Kristen

ADIDAS ROGUE

24

F


58

Fischer

Dani


26

F


34

Flanagan

Lindsay

RIADHA

24

F


60

Ford

Sallie


27

F


28

Foster

Kara

OISELLE

24

F


62

Fulton 

Naomi 


28

F


64

Gacek

Melissa


38

F


66

Gage

Marci


27

F


68

Gordon

Emily 


22

F


10

Gracey 

Neely 


24

F


72

Greenwood

Heidi

OISELLE

30

F


74

Gregg Goodman

Kaitlin


28

F


4

Hastings

Amy


31

F


76

Haws

Morgan

TEAM RUN EUGENE

27

F


78

Herndon

Elizabeth

CLEVELAND ELITE

29

F


80

hess

Ellie

CLEVELAND ELITE

32

F


82

Howarth

Becky


26

F


84

Hutchings

Sarah

BOULDER TRACK CLUB

25

F


86

Hutton

Brittni

ADIDAS BRC

25

F


88

Johansen

Kristin


28

F


90

JUDD

CAITLIN


31

F


30

Krifchin

Maegan

RIADHA

26

F


92

Kyger Henry

Asher

OISELLE

29

F


94

Lubieniecki

Kara

HTS

25

F


96

Markham

Kelsey

OISELLE

25

F


98

Mattox

Kimber

TEAM RUN EUGENE

26

F


102

Maxson

Allison

OISELLE

28

F


104

Mendez

Allison

ADIDAS ROGUE

26

F


106

Mickle

Olivia


23

F


108

Monson

Jessica


28

F


110

Morgan

Allison


32

F


112

Nutter

Kelsi

CLEVELAND ELITE

26

F


114

Odorcic

Jessica

CLEVELAND ELITE

33

F


116

Pagano

Sarah 

BAA

23

F


14

Pappas

Alexi

TEAM RUN EUGENE

24

F


118

Pease

Sarah

ADIDAS ROGUE

27

F


120

Ramsey

Christine


32

F


20

Rhines

Jennifer

BAA

40

F


22

Rogers

Natosha 


23

F


122

Rowe

Carol


43

F


124

Saloom

Megan


26

F


128

Stackhouse

Julie


36

F


130

Sullivan

Susanna


24

F


24

suver

Mattie


27

F


132

Swisher

Kristin


31

F


8

taylor

kellyn


28

F


134

Thomas

Wendy

BOULDER TRACK CLUB

36

F


2

Thweatt

Laura

BOULDER TRACK CLUB

26

F


136

Troop

Freyja


38

F


138

Ward

Taylor


24

F


12

Williams

Alisha

ADIDAS BRC

33

F


140

Zwick

Jennifer 


41

F



MALES

37

Ashe

Eric

BAA

26

M


41

Banks

Michael


28

M


43

BATTEN

IRV


51

M


45

Bean

Cameron

ZAP FITNESS

28

M


47

Begley Jr

Curtis

BOULDER TRACK CLUB

27

M


49

Benford

Andrew

TRF PRO

27

M


51

Bruce

Ben

NAZ ELITE

32

M


29

Burrell

Ian

ADIDAS BRC

30

M


23

Cabral

Donn


25

M


53

Campbell

Malcolm


44

M


55

Caron

Jeff


31

M


57

castille

Kevin


42

M


59

Chavez

Isaac


24

M


31

chelimo

paul

US ARMY WCAP

24

M


61

Chu

Steve


32

M


63

Darling

Maverick 


25

M


67

Eaton

Michael


27

M


71

Emerick

Dustin


26

M


73

Epperson

Andrew


24

M


75

Escalera

Al


23

M


77

Fernandez

Eric

NAZ ELITE

25

M


79

Geoghegan

Patrick


24

M


27

Graves

Griffith


25

M


81

Hampton

Jonas 


26

M


83

Harvey

Brian

BAA

27

M


85

Hine

Zach


27

M


25

Keveren

Sean


24

M


13

kipchirchir

Shadrack

US ARMY WCAP

26

M


87

Kremske

Dan

TEAM RUN EUGENE

25

M


89

Krolick

Jacob


24

M


91

Kyle

Jordan


28

M


93

Lake

Chris


27

M


5

Landry

Christo


28

M


95

Leon

Craig

TEAM RUN EUGENE

30

M


97

Loeffler

Eric


38

M


99

Loiselle

Matt


30

M


101

Lokken

Tracy


49

M


103

Lowry

Dan

BAA

25

M


19

Mack

Bobby


30

M


105

maiyo

Augustus

ADIDAS BRC

31

M


107

Mayhew

Zach


25

M


11

Mecheso 

Girma


27

M


109

Medrano

Tito


25

M


111

Mercado

Diego

TEAM RUN EUGENE

27

M


113

Mercado

Daniel

TRF PRO

27

M


115

Misenti

Forrest

TRF PRO

24

M


117

Mueller

Samuel


23

M


119

Mueller

Tyler

NAZ ELITE

24

M


21

Pennel

Tyler

ZAP FITNESS

27

M


17

Puskedra

Luke


25

M


9

Quigley

Sean

BOULDER TRACK CLUB

30

M


35

Quigley

Daniel


26

M


121

Richmond

Austin

BOULDER TRACK CLUB

34

M


15

Rono

Aron

US ARMY WCAP

32

M


123

Salukombo

Makoro


26

M


125

Shaw

Ethan


25

M


127

sonnenfeldt

matthew


24

M


129

Southerland

Tripp


30

M


33

Stilin

Joe

ZAP FITNESS

25

M


131

Thull

Matt


40

M


1

TRUE

Ben


29

M


133

Udland

Tyler


22

M


7

Vail

Ryan


28

M


135

Wacker

Andy

ADIDAS BRC

26

M


137

Wiggins

Harry


21

M


139

Young

Tim


27

M


141

Zwick

Jordan


28

M


     Additions: Jim Spisak,Lex Williams,Kiya Dandena and Zach Baker

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