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.’”
A $5,000 bonus to the man or woman who wins the battle of the sexes time competition.
Any major road race with prize money should have testing.
Also in the field are Chris Solinsky and Abdi Abdirahman. The women are led by Molly Huddle who faces Mary Wacera, Gemma Steel, Betsy Saina, Jordan Hasay and more.
*Full Elite Fields