Who will win 2014 Austin Marathon?
Editor’s note: This article was originally published February 5, 2014
Expect a speedy marathon this year.
It’s been five years since organizers of the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon (now presented by Freescale) have dangled a carrot of prize money in front of the pack, but this year 26 elite runners will have something to race for beyond a finisher’s medal.
The top three finishers in both the women’s and men’s half and full marathon will be awarded a cash prize. If anyone breaks the course record in the full (that’s 2:14:02 in the men’s race and 2:26:26 in the women’s race), they’ll also nab a $5,000 bonus.
The rest of the field, which is expected to total nearly 20,000 runners from 25 countries, will have to settle for a pat on the back and perhaps a swing at that new PR gong at the finish line.
Here’s who’s expected to contend for the 2014 title …
Women’s Half Marathon:
- Nicole Aish of Colorado, personal best of 1:12:30
- Kristen Fryburg-Zaitz of Colorado, personal best of 1:12:57
Men’s Half Marathon:
- Craig Leon of Eugene, Oregon, 2013 time of 1:04:01
- 2012 3M Half Marathon champion Sammy Cheptoo of Kenya, personal best of 1:03.14
Women’s Full Marathon:
- Lyudmila Stepanova of Russia, personal best of 2:39.18
Men’s Full Marathon:
- Toyoyuki Abe of Japan, 15th at the 2013 Boston Marathon in 2:15.48
- Masaki Hori of Japan
- 2012 Austin Marathon champion Edward Kiptum of Kenya, personal best of 2:14:46
- Kimutai Cheruiyot of Kenya, personal best of 2:11:30
- Joseph Mutinda of Kenya, personal best of 2:13:19