Carlsbad 5000: “World’s Fastest” Running Tradition Returns This Weekend
Distance running superstar Edward Cheserek headlines international elite fields
U.S. running legend Meb Keflezighi leads new ownership team operating iconic road race
The World’s Fastest 5K will take place on the coastal streets of Carlsbad, California on April 6-7, 2019
CARLSBAD – April 4, 2019 – In its first year under the ownership of local San Diego runners, including U.S Olympian Meb Keflezighi, a race renowned for fast runners and world records welcomes a stellar field for the elite invitational at the 34th annual Carlsbad 5000 on Sunday, April 7.
Leading the way will be a 17-time collegiate NCAA champion Edward Cheserek, who graduated from the University of Oregon in 2017. He will be joined by U.S. Olympian Hassan Mead and former World Junior Champion David Bett of Kenya. The men’s field will be chasing the modern “IAAF-recognized” 5k World Record, which was set in Monaco this February by Switzerland’s Julien Wanders with a time of 13:29. The Carlsbad 5000 event record and all-time world 5K best is Sammy Kipketer’s 13:00, which he ran at Carlsbad in 2000 & 2001.
Kenya’s Sharon Lokedi owns the fastest time in the woman’s field. A graduate from the University of Kansas, Lokedi was the 2018 NCAA Champion over 10,000m. Joining her among the favorites will be a trio of British women, including HOKA NAZ Elite’s Alice Wright, Cardiff Bay Run 10k winner Charlotte Arter and Jenny Nesbitt, who represented Great Britain at the World Cross Country Championships in Denmark last weekend. Former Loyola Marymount University star and Wright’s NAZ elite teammate, Danielle Shanahan is the top American entrant
Both elite races will be broadcast in their entirety via the Carlsbad 5000 facebook page on Sunday afternoon. The professional athletes will be competing for more than $24,000 in prize money, including $3,500 dedicated to the competitive master’s races taking place earlier in the morning.
Race day begins at 6:53 am with the Masters Men (40 years old and over), the first of five age-group races on Sunday. Event weekend promises a fast oceanfront course, healthy competition, and energetic atmosphere for participants of all ages and paces. The “Party by the Sea” gets started as soon as the first runners cross the finish line with participants 21 and older celebrating in the Pizza Port beer garden with two complimentary craft brews and runners of all ages rocking out to live music on the streets of the Carlsbad Village.
A free Health & Fitness Expo takes place on race weekend, running from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. The expo will serve as race registration headquarters on Saturday, allowing participants to pick up their race number and t-shirt. Meb will join Cheserek and other elite athletes on the expo stage for a special Q & A at 1pm on Saturday afternoon moderated by Carlsbad 5000 Hall of Famer Toni Reavis.
The popular Junior Carlsbad presented by YMCA of San Diego will also celebrate its 30th anniversary on Saturday, April 6. Kids distances range from a one-miler to the always entertaining 50-yard Toddler Trot and 25-yard Diaper Dash. For more information about the 2019 Carlsbad 5000 and a complete race weekend schedule, visit Carlsbad5000.com.
Men's Elite Field
NUMBER NAME COUNTRY CAREER HIGHLIGHTS Birthday
CHESEREK Edward Cheserek KENYA 17 x NCAA Champion at the University of Oregon 02/02/1994
MEAD Hassan Mead USA 2016 Olympic 5000 finalist and ‘17 U.S National Champ 08/28/1991
BETT David Bett KENYA 2010 5000m World Junior Champion. 13.06 PR 10/18/1992
BUCHANAN Reid Buchanan USA Mammoth Track Club. Has a 13.27 best for 5000m. 02/03/1993
HEYWARD Jake Heyward Great Britain Debut. 2017 European Junior Champion 1500m. 04/26/1999
HILTON Nick Hilton USA NAZ Elite. Former Div II All-American. 04/28/1989
PACAY Mario Pacay Guatemala 13.44.93 personal best for 5,000m on the track 07/20/1997
MEDINA Kyle Medina USA 13:54.8 personal best for 5,000m on the track 04/08/1995
TERRY Darius Terry USA 2017 Hoka One One State Street Mile Champion 02/23/1991
NESTOR Daniel Nestor USA 4th heat at Carlsbad 5000 last year. 13.59 PB. 07/09/1993
MARTINEZ Steven Martinez USA ‘18 San Diego Road Race Series Runner of the Year. 09/15/1994
VAZIRI Shyan Vaziri USA Has an 8.19.40 personal best for 3000m. 10/17/1993
ESPINOZA Joshua Espinoza USA 4.06 Road mile PR. 11/05/1992
PACE Craig Nowak USA 3.59 road mile best 04/20/1994
Women's Elite Field
BIB NAME NAME COUNTRY CAREER HIGHLIGHTS AGE
ARTER Charlotte Arter Great Britain 15.40.15 personal best. 2nd Great Stirling XC in Jan. 06/18/1991
NESBITT Jenny Nesbitt Great Britain 15.51.60 personal best for 5000m. 01/24/1995
LOKEDI Sharon Lokedi KENYA 2018 NCAA 10000m Champion. 15.27.09 PB. 03/10/1994
SHANAHAN Danielle Shanahan USA NAZ Elite 15.37.27 personal best for 5000m 08/13/1994
WRIGHT Alice Wright Great Britain NAZ Elite 15.48.47 personal best for 5000m. 11/03/1994
DURGIN Emily Durgin USA 16.05 best for 5k. 05/15/1994
FARBER Lianne Farber USA 16.05 best for 5000m. 2 X NCAA All-American 06/12/1992
RODRIGUEZ Natalie Rodriguez USA 16.27.55 personal best over 5000m 07/01/1996
LAMBDIN Raquel Lambdin USA Ran 4.38.8 for the mile. 07/23/1993
LA BEAUD Natasha La Beaud CANADA Has a best of 16.14 here in 2014 08/05/1987
HINKLE Jenna Hinkle USA 2018 (1500m, 5k) Big West Conference Champion. 01/30/1996
CALLAHAN Molly Callahan USA 16.34 best for 5000m. 08/16/1992
MEJIA Ivette Mejia USA 16.38 personal best. 10th RnR Philadelphia in 2017 08/13/1990
CARTER Beth Carter Great Britain 16.51.8 personal best for 5000m. 15/07/1992
SCHNEIDER Mary Schneider USA Won 2018 Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon 04/27/1987
BEDFORD Sylvia Bedford USA 16.50 PR. 2018 St. George Marathon Winner 08/21/1990
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