Reavis expect a Kenyan-born, but NCAA trained athlete to win - either Sambu, Cheserek or Leonard Korir.
"I had been in road races back in the Midwest since I was a sophomore in high school but had always heard that road racing in New England was "different." Boy, were they right about that! I think the 1978 Falmouth Road Race had 5000-7000 participants... which was nearly twice as large as my home town! It was both an athletic event as well as a social atmosphere... almost like a County Fair back home! It was my first exposure to a world class road race and it did not disappoint! The food was good, the people were friendly, and what a great US competitive field! The road races back home that I had experienced before usually had 100-300 runners....and did not have total community support like that!"
He only found out about the race after picking up a hitch hiker. People under the age of 25, do you understand the term?
A man flipped over his handlebars and was knocked unconsious and bleeding. Elites on the scene called 911, went for help and used Meb Keflezighi's shirt as a tourniquet.
Meb: “They were telling me, ‘We need a tourniquet, we need a tourniquet,’ so I took off my shirt and gave it to them. It was just perspective on how your life can change in milliseconds. On the way back to the start I was just thinking, ‘I hope he makes it.’”
On average, the men's winning time is 4 minutes and 28 seconds faster than the women's but the women will get a 10 minute head start as the roads are too narrow for both to finish at once. Once the lead women finishes, a clock will start counting down from 5:32 and if a man finishes before then, he gets the money. If not, the women's winner gets an extra $5000.
Her dad Steve Spence, the World Championship marathon bronze medallist in 1991, raced it twice and was second in 1988.
Defending champion Stephen Sambu and 2-time winner Micah Kogo lead men's field that has Chris Derrick, Meb Keflezighi, Abdi Abdirahman, Sam Chelanga and Moses Kipsiro. The women are lead by Amy Cragg, Diane Nukuri, Sara Hall, Neely Spence Gracey and Alexi Pappas.
A $5,000 bonus to the man or woman who wins the battle of the sexes time competition.