Alan Culppepper to Run in Special Invite Only FreeScale Austin Half Marathon By David Monti (c) 2006 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved February 3, 2006
Alan Culpepper will run the Freescale Austin Invitational Half-Marathon on Sunday, February 19 as part of his build up for the BAA Boston Marathon in April, organizers of the Austin event announced yesterday.
He is entered in a special "Invitational Half-Marathon Challenge," matched against 2006 Chevron-Houston Marathon Champion David Cheruiyot of Kenya and Aramco Houston and 3M Half-Marathon Champion, Nicodemus Malakwen, also of Kenya. Also in the field, will be Bernard Manirakiza of Burundi, who finished sixth at the 3M Half-Marathon.
"The downhill in Austin seems similar to what the Boston course is like and I want to see how hard I can go on a course like that," Culpepper said in a press release. "I may try to run 4:45's (2:57/km).
The invitational half-marathon is a separate event from the mass Freescale Austin Half-Marathon which begins on the same starting line as the full marathon. The invitational begins at the half-marathon mark of the full marathon and runs to the finish line of the full marathon, ahead of the marathon field. It is limited to ten participants. The invitational half-marathon begins at 8:00 a.m. while the mass marathon and half-marathon begin at 7:00 a.m.