The times were slow in the hot weather, but the competition was fierce with big money on the line. Ethiopia's Leul Gebresilase lost by 2-seconds in the men's race, costing him $10,000 in prize money. *IAAF Recap
Lauren Verswweyveld won the women's race in 1:19:14 to win $1,250 while Benson Chesang got $1,000 for 4th place in the men's race (1:08:22). The winner, Emil Dobrowolski of Poland, got $750 for running 1:04:41.
The inaugural "Peachtree Cup" will have 4 teams from the US, Africa, Asia and Europe with 6 runners per team (3 men, 3 women). This is no joke as $81,000 of the $98,500 available prize money comes from the team competition.
This is good news since the problem everyone had with LA winning the bid was that they reportedly were offering $100,000 less prize money than Houston. Hopefully this means LA stepped up and matched or offered more than Houston's original bid.
$150,000 total prize purse.
We catch up with the NAU senior who's raised himself to a completely different level this fall, going from a collegian who hasn't made an NCAA outdoor meet to a US champion and American record holder. He also says he's undecided about taking his $20k prize money and turning pro or finishing out his NCAA career (he has indoor & outdoor left).
Hall is the overall leader despite never winning a USARC race this year, but only 2-points ahead of Molly Huddle and Brianne Nelson.
Alberto Salazar: "I believe that in the marathon... (American women) can be competitive. They believe it more than the American men do."
Wilson Kipsang needs to win on Sunday in order to beat Dennis Kimetto for the half million dollar prize. Rita Jeptoo is already a lock for the win on the women's side.