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American Record-Holder Fernando Cabada Chooses Stockade-athon to Begin Comeback
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Fernando Cabada, currently the American record holder at 25 kilometers, has chosen Sundayís Schenectady Gazette Stockade-athon 15K as part of his comeback route. Cabada, who ran a 2:12:27 debut marathon in Fukuoka Japan in 2006, recently established a new 25K American Record at the River Bank 25k in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1:14:20. He has chosen the Gazette Stockade-athon to return to competitive racing after being sidelined for 6 months with an Achillesí heel injury.
Cabada, who now lives in Boulder Colorado and is coached by Boston and London marathon winner Steve Jones, hopes to complete the 9.3 mile Stockade-athon course in under 46 minutes, a time that has not been recorded at the Stockade-athon since 1994. Cabada chose the Stockade-athon primarily because of the 15K distance, and itís reputation for drawing top distance runners over the years, including course record holder Jerry Lawson, who once ran a 2;09:35 marathon in Chicago.
Cabada will be challenged this Sunday by one of the deepest menís fields in years. 2006 and 2007 Syracuse Festival of Races champions Emory Mort (Ghent NY), and Jordan Davis (Syracuse, NY) appear to be the primary challengers. Mort is the defending Stockade-athon Champion and Davis won the Fleet Feet Buffalo 15K, in September this year, a race that hosted the masterís National Championship.
This yearís womenís race has attracted upstate NYís best 15k runner, Laurel Burdick, (Manlius NY) who ran 54:59 at the 2009 Utica Boilermaker to finish third American. Also entered is 15K, National Womenís Masterís Champion, Lori Kingsley (Wysox PA) winner of the Fleet Feet Buffalo masterís title in 56:55. Kingsleyís last race was a 2:51 marathon at Twin Cities on October 4th, a time that placed her 11th in the Masterís National Championship.
Another running legend, Ed Whitlock (Ontario
Canada) returns to the Stockade-athon at age 78, after setting a single
year world record at the Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon in September.
Whitlock is a 4-time age-graded champion at the Stockade-athon and is
the only person 70 or older to complete a marathon in less than 3 hours.
A record field of 1400 runners is expected for this Sundayís 34th running of the Stockade-athon.
The 15K race will have a new start time this year, 9:00 AM, at Schenectadyís Central Park.
The Stockade-athon weekend kicks off with the Healthy Living Expo at the historic Proctorís Theater complex on Saturday from 10am to 3pm. Four time Boston and NYC marathon champion Bill Rodgers will be in attendance.