Olympians Elva Dryer and Jonathon Riley headline
inaugural Strands 5k
Corvallis, OR, October 20, 2009—Olympians Elva Dryer and Jonathon Riley headline elite fields at the inaugural Strands 5k.
Athletes will compete for a $13,000 U.S. only prize purse on Saturday in
Dryer was an Olympian in the 5,000 meters at the 2000
Olympic Games and has a personal best of 15:03.56 from the Bislett Games in
2001. She also represented the United States in the 2004 Olympics in the 10,000
meters. Earlier this year, Dryer was 4th in the USA 15 km
Championships—running a 50:43, before shifting her focus to the marathon for
the bulk of the 2009 road season.
Also expected in the women’s field is 5-time NCAA Champion
and 15-time Collegiate All-American Lauren Fleshman (Eugene, Oreg.), Team Strands athlete Meghan
Armstrong (Minneapolis, Minn.), and newly
minted USA 25 km Champion Sally Meyerhoff of Eugene.
In the men’s field, 2004 Olympian Jonathon Riley is the man
to beat. He has a personal best of 13:19.92 in the 5,000 meters—a mark he set
in 2007. Riley, a teammate of Fleshman at Stanford, graduated with all-time Top
5 honors in eight different events for the Cardinals, including the anchor leg
of a DMR World Indoor Record (9:28.83).He is a 3-time US Indoor Champion (2003, 2004, 2005) and was a 2008
World Indoor Championships finalist in the 3000 meters, where he owns a best of
Joining Riley on the start line will be fellow OTC athlete
and 8:26.08 steepler Ben Bruce (Eugene,
Oreg.), 2-time University of Portland All-American Michael Kilburg (Seattle, Wash.) with a 5,000 best of 13:49.88,
Team Strands athlete Josh Glaab
(Boulder, Colo.), and Carlos Trujillo (Eugene, Oreg.).
In addition to hosting the elite field, the race will
feature a community 5k, a children’s race, and a post-race party in Central
Park. All race proceeds benefit Childhelp,
an organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect.
Childhelp’s mission is to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of
abused, neglected and at-risk children through advocacy, prevention, treatment,
and community outreach. Find more ways to get involved or information on how to
donate directly through the Childhelp.org
The 5k race will begin at 9:00 a.m. PST on October 24. The
children’s race will begin at 10:00 a.m., followed by an awards ceremony and
post-race party outside Strands headquarters at Central Park in Corvallis. For
more information and a race registration link, visit the race website at www.strands5k.com , call the race hotline
at (541) 740-5306, or email us at [email protected].
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