Wude Ayalew and Micah Kogo Headline 2011 New Balance Falmouth Road Race

By Falmouth Road Race
August 3, 2011

Falmouth, Mass. –   Winners in seven divisions will be defending their titles in the upcoming New Balance Falmouth Road Race - overall women, masters men and women, American men and women as well as wheelchair men and women.  In additon, the men’s course record holder will be returning.  This annual Cape Cod summer classic will held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14.  A field of 11,000 runners will race the scenic waterfront seven-mile course winding from Woods Hole to Falmouth Heights.  

Ethiopian Wude Ayalew, age 23, won the women’s division in 35:46, four seconds ahead of 2010 Beach to Beacon champion Linenth Chepkirui of Kenya.  In 2011, Ayalew bested Chepkirui at the Crescent City Classic 10K 31:33 to 31:44.  Chasing Ayalew will be fellow Ethiopians, 2009 Falmouth winner, Mamitu Daska, 27, who finished first at 2011 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K in a personal best of 15:19 and Dire Tune, 26, 2008 Boston Marathon winner with a 10K best of 31:40.  Four-time Falmouth champion and two-time Olympic Marathon silver medalist, Catherine Ndereba, 38, of Kenya will return after finishing fourth in 2010.  

Two-time Falmouth winner Colleen De Reuck, 47, of Boulder, Colo., who finished fifth overall in 2010, will defend her American and masters titles.  Other American women to watch are Kenyan-born Janet Cherobon, 32, of Atlanta, Ga., who holds a 10K personal best of 32:37 and wins including 2011 Mercedes Half Marathon, 2011 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon and 2010 Marine Corps Marathon; Romanian-born Adriana Nelson, 31, of Fort Collins, Colo., the first American at last month’s Peachtree Road Race 10K in a personal best of 32:49 and Frances Koons, 25, who has a personal 5,000 meter best of 15:29.96.  Six-time Falmouth winner and Olympic marathon gold medalist, Joan Beniot Samuelson, 53, of Freeport, Maine, who was fourth master and 16th woman overall will again be a crowd favorite.

Micah Kogo

Thirty-one year old Gilbert Okari of Kenya who set the race course record of 31:08 in 2004 and defending American men’s champion Ed Moran, 30, of Williamsburg, Va., will be competing against a packed men’s field.  Challengers include Americans Abdi Abdirahman, 34, of Tuscon, Ariz., three-time Olympian, four-time USA 10K champion with a 27:22.81 10,000 meter best; Mohamed Trafeh, 26, of Tampa, Fla., with a half marathon best of 1:00:39; Fasil Bizuneth, 31, of Indianapolis, Ind., the 2010 US 10-mile champion with a 27:50.48 and 10,000 meter best as well as Fernando Cabada, 29, of Boulder, Colo., the US 25K champion in 1:15:41.  Others include Kenyans Micah Kogo, 25, Olympic bronze medalist in the 10,000 meters, 2007 Falmouth winner and a 10K best of 27:15; Canadian Simon Bairu, 28, with 27:23 10,000 meter best and Ethiopian Bekana Daba, 23, 2011 Houston Marathon winner and course record holder (2:07:04).

One second separated the 2010 masters men’s winner forty-five year old Mbarak Hussein from Albuquerque, N.M., (34:38) and Kenyan James Koskei (34:39), age 42.  They both will be back this year.  American running legends Bill Rodgers, 63, of Sherborn, Mass. and Frank Shorter, also 63, of Boulder, Colo. will be joining the field.

Defending and eight-time champion, Craig Blanchette, 43, of Battle Group, Wash., leads the men’s wheelchair field.  Challengers include two-time Falmouth winner and course record holder (23:35 set in 2008), Krige Schabort, 47, from Cedartown, Ga.; three-time Falmouth champion, Tony Nogueira, 43, from Glen Ridge, N.J.; two-time Falmouth champ, Patrick Doak, 43, from Carlisle, Mass. and Grant Berthiaume, 49, from Tuscon, Ariz.

Defending and four-time winner, Jessica Galli, 27, from Savoy, Ill., leads the women’s wheelchair field.  She will be joined by Jacqui Kapinowski, 48, from Point Pleasant, N.J. and fifteen year old Bridgette Wise from Pipersville, Pa. 

Prize money totaling $116,400 will be paid to the top international and U.S. finishers, an increase of $14,900 over 2010.  The American prize prize purse is the largest outside a national championship with the male and female prize totals of $22,350 each.  This total will equal the open male and female prize purse with double-dipping allowed.  In addition, the New Balance Falmouth Road Race male and female wheelchair prize purse has been increased to $4,250 each from $2,500.

Elite Athlete Lists and Bib Notes

Elite athlete lists as of Aug. 2 are attached to this release.  Overall males and females will have their last name on their white bib.  Masters males and females will have their last names on their yellow bibs and will have a number on their back.  American athletes will have USA on the left side of the bib.  Wheelchair athletes will wear a white bib with their last name and a number on their helmet.  Athlete lists are now posted on the race website – www.falmouthroadrace.com.  Biographical information available upon request.

About Falmouth Road Race
  The New Balance Falmouth Road Race was established in 1973 and has become one of the premier running events of the summer season.  Each year the race draws an international field of Olympians, elite athletes and recreational runners out to enjoy the scenic 7-mile seaside course.  The non-profit Falmouth Road Race organization is dedicated to promoting health and fitness for all in its community.  Proceeds from the race each year support youth athletic programs in the town of Falmouth and other nonprofit community groups.

List of athletes and Prize money below.

2011 New Balance Falmouth Road Race Prize Money Purse

Open – Male & Female
  1. $10,000
  2. $5,000
  3. $2,000
  4. $1,500
  5. $1,000
  6. $800
  7. $650
  8. $600
  9. $450
  10. $350
Course Record Bonus:  $2,500 
Current Male Record:  31:08 (Gilbert Okari 2004)
Current Female Record:  35:02 (Lornah Kiplagat 2000)

American – Male & Female
  1. $10,000
  2. $5,000
  3. $2,000
  4. $1,500
  5. $1,000
  6. $800
  7. $650
  8. $600
  9. $450
  10. $350
Masters – Male & Female
  1. $2,500
  2. $1,000
  3. $750
  4. $500
  5. $250
Over 50 – Male & Female
  1. $500
Wheelchair – Male & Female
  1. $2,000
  2. $1,000
  3. $750
  4. $500
Mile – Male & Female
  1. $2,000
  2. $1,000
  3. $500
  4. $250
Incentive:  $1000
Male winner under:  4:00.00
Female winner under:  4:33.00
Incentive:  $500
Male finishers under:  4:00.00
Female finishers under:  4:33.00



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1 2011 New Balance Falmouth Road Race - Elite Men as of 8.2.11    
Athlete First Name Athlete Last Name American
4 Abdi Abdirahman USA
5 Simon Bairu Kenya
6 Chris Barnicle USA
7 Fasil Bizuneth USA
8 Liam Boylan-Pett USA
9 Gagnon Brian USA
10 Ben Bruce USA
11 Fernando Cabada USA
12 Sage Canaday USA
13 Jesse Cherry USA
14 Joseph Chirlee USA
15 Linus Chumba Kenya
16 Bekana Daba Ethiopia
17 Darren De Reuck USA
18 Lelisa Desisa Ethiopia
19 Kenneth Foster USA
20 Brett Gotcher USA
21 Jason Hartman USA
22 Zachary Hine USA
23 Luke Humphrey USA
24 Mbarak Hussein USA
25 John Itati Kenya
26 Josh J. Brown USA
27 John Jeffersen USA
28 John Kemboi Kenya
29 Mark Kiptoo Kenya
30 Moses Kipkosgi Kenya
31 Alan Kiprono Kenya
32 Micah Kogo Kenya
33 James Koskei Kenya
34 Chris Landry USA
35 Will Leer USA
36 Jason Lehmekuhle USA
37 Craig Leon USA
38 Elliott Matthew USA
39 Tyler McCandless USA
40 Jordan McNamara USA
41 Ed Moran USA
42 Ed Muge Kenya
43 Gideon Mutisya Kenya
44 Samuel Ndereba Kenya
45 Simon Ndirangu Kenya
46 Kenyon Neuman USA
47 Robert Novak USA
48 Ciaran O'Lionaird Ireland
49 Gilbert Okari Kenya
50 Brian Olinger USA
51 Gilmore Peter USA
52 Drew Polley USA
53 Brendan Prindiville USA
54 Bill Rodgers USA
55 Ruben Sanca USA
56 Jake Schmitt USA
57 Jeff See USA
58 Frank Shorter USA
59 Patrick Smyth USA
60 Mohamed Trafeh USA
61 Ben True USA
62 Luke Watson USA
63 Lex Williams USA
64 Adrian Blincoe NZL
65 Craig Miller USA
66 Jack Bolas USA
68  Elite male & female athletes will have last names on white bib.    
69  American athetes will have USA printed on left side of bib in addition to last name.    
70  Masters male & female athletes will have last names on yellow bib and a number on their back.    


2011 New Balance Falmouth Road Race - Elite Women as of 8.2.11    
Athlete First Name Athlete Last Name Country
4 Megan Armstrong USA
5 Wude Ayalew Ethiopia
6 Emily Brown USA
7 Kelly Calway USA
8 Dawn Charlier USA
9 Janet Cherobon USA
10 Melissa Christian USA
11 Mamitu Daska Ethiopia
12 Colleen De Reuck USA
13 Delilah Dicrensenzo USA
14 Fiona Docherty New Zealand
15 Rebecca Donoghue USA
16 Erin Donohue USA
17 Jennifer Donovan USA
18 Esther Erb Ethiopia
19 Jeannette Faber USA
20 Mimi Fallon USA
21 Nicole Feest USA
22 Clara Grandt USA
23 Megan Hogan USA
24 Molly Huddle USA
25 Frances Koons USA
26 Magdalena Lewy-Boulet USA
27 Catherine Ndereba Kenya
28 Adriana Nelson USA
29 Kathy Newberry USA
30 Diane Nukuri-Johnson Burundi
31 Leonora Petrina USA
32 Stephanie Pezzullo USA
33 Emily Potter USA
34 Anne Preisig USA
35 Blake Russell USA
36 Joan Samuelson USA
37 Nicole Schappert USA
38 Nicole Sifuentes USA
39 Dire Tune Ethiopia
40 Sara Vaughn USA
41 Heidi Westover USA
42 Tanya Zeferjahn USA
43 Melissa White USA
44 Stephanie Garcia USA
45 Maggie Infield USA
47  Elite male & female athletes will have last names on white bib.    
48  American athetes will have USA printed on left side of bib in addition to last name.    
49  Masters male & female athletes will have last names on yellow bib and a number on their    



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