Now Puskedra has his Nike contract back and is one of the favorites (outside the "big 3") to make the team. “When we moved back [to Eugene] it was not for running. I didn’t have the desire to run. It was for her job and moving to Eugene from Portland, that was my closure and I was kind of giving up at that point. It was tough. Moving the last boxes from our apartment there, it was emotional but I thought it was closure.”
The race was won by Cuba's Richer Perez in 2:17:04.
*Quotes From Leon And Young Leon: “It’s both of our first times being on a U.S. team, so it’s great. It’s a chance to wear the U.S. jersey. I think it’s really motivating with all of the successes from all the other track runners, and it seems like every event we are doing something well and there’s a lot of positive energy with the team and in the village. It’s extra motivation to come out here and run well. It’s crazy. I was an average high school runner, a college walk-on, and I never would have thought that this was possible. It’s a dream come true, really. It’s pretty awesome. I hope it’s not my last time, and it’s certainly been a great experience.”
*MB: PAN AM MARATHON: US BOMBS
"I never thought that accepting a nomination to the Pan Am Games would end in heartbreak ... Humiliated, heart broken, and shattered are words to describe my feelings right now.
*MB: USATF accidentally gives Craig Leons Pan Am spot to Tyler McCandless. Should TrackTy give up slot?
He ran 65:56 to beat Craig Leon. He said he wanted to preview the course as it will host US Half Champs for the next 2-years.
Ethiopians Yebrgual Arage (2:23:23) and Birhanu Gedefa (2:08:03) got the wins as American Kellyn Taylor (2:28:40) had a nice debut and Aaron Braun (2:12:54) was the top American man.
On The Boards: Also at Houston - Aaron Braun 2:12:54; Kellyn Taylor 2:28:40
The 2:05:25-man will face Debeb Tolossa and Aaron Braun. The women's race is led by 2:25:39 runner Fatuma Sado who faces Biruktait Degefa (2:26:22) and Serena Burla. The half will once again be the US Half-Marathon Championships and features Meb Keflezighi, Josphat Boit, Matt Llano, Janet Bawcom, Sara Hall, Kim Conley and Becky Wade.
Bobby Curtis led the way in 2:11:20 in 9th, Jake Riley had a nice debut and Gabe Proctor turned heads by going out hard and PRing.
Last year's Chicago race was truly special as Dennis Kimetto and Emmanuel Mutai waged an epic battle that resulted in the decimation of the course record. What will happen when Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele clash on Sunday? Those two greats will be challenged by Tadese Tola (2:04:49 pb), Bernard Koech (2:04:53 pb), Sammy Kitwara (58:48 half marathon pb) and Dickson Chumba (Tokyo Marathon champ). The American field features 13:18/27:24 man Bobby Curtis (2:13:24 pb), the red-hot Christo Landry (U.S. 10k road champ) but the biggest talker of all has been Matt Llano who is dreaming of a 2:08 in his debut.