Farah faces World bronze medalist Paul Tanui, Josphat Bett, Emmanuel Bett, Teklemariam Medhin and World XC champ Geoffrey Kamworor. Other big names in the race include Diego Estrada, Cam Levins, Hassan Mead and Zane Robertson in his track 10K debut.
The world's greatest foot race is Saturday in China (Friday night in the USA) and it should be Kenya vs. Ethiopia for gold with USA battling for bronze on the men's side. Can Eritrea's Teklemariam Medhin, the guy who had a malaria-like disease and slept in the airport two years ago but still got bronze, come out on top?
Other big names in the half field are Teklemariam Medhin and Ibrahim Jeilan. The men's marathon has 7 sub-2:10 men led by 2:06-man Philip Kimutai. Defending champ Agnes Kiprop (2:23:54) leads the women's marathon. Italian Nadia Ejjafinni has the fastest PR in the women's half field with 68:27.