Houston Marathon preview

houstonSunday will see the running of the 41st Chevron Houston Marathon, however more eyes may be on the Aramco half marathon than the full 26.2 with the offer a $50,000 bonus for a world record.

The men’s elite field for the marathon will be headlined by PB 2:05:25 runner, Bazu Worku from Ethiopia. 2012 second place finisher and Ethipoian compatriot, Debebe Tolosa (2:07:41), will be the main challenger.

It is a stellar elite field for the half marathon though, with the fourth fastest half-marathoner of all time, 22-year-old Ethiopian Atsedu Tsegay Tesfaye headlining the field. He has a PB of 58:47 in March last year and will be going hard to run down Zersenay Tadese’s 58:23 set in 2010.

Challenging both Tesfaye and the world record will be a competitive field including one of America’s favourite distance runners, Olympic silver medallist Meb Keflezighi, 2:05:37 marathoner Kenyan Wilson Erupe and defending champ Feyisa Lilesa (59:22). Keflezighi recently announced he will be running this year’s Boston Marathon.

The other interesting race should be in the women’s elite marathon where Ethiopia looks strong in the female fields also. There appears a good chance of a head to head battle between two strong runners starting with 2011 New York runner up Buzunesh Deba who has a PB of 2:23:19 who is likely to be challenged by 20 year old emerging star Merima Mohammed who recorded 2:23:06 as a teenager.

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