Gwen Jorgensen, Aliphine Tuliamuk, and Sara Hall Headline Women, Leonard Korir, Chris Derrick Headline Men at USATF Half Marathon Champs in Pittsburgh

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Top American pros to compete for event record prize purse totaling $85,000 in the City of Champions

Press Release
April 30, 2018

Discuss this race here: Official Gwen Jorgensen Prediction / USATF Half Marathon Champs in Pittsburgh Thread  

PITTSBURGH – An impressive field of almost 100 American distance runners are set to race at the 2018 USATF Half Marathon Championships on Sunday morning, May 6. The national title tilt will be held in conjunction with the 10th DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events.

In the men’s division, U.S. Olympian and defending USATF Running Circuit Champion Leonard Korir headlines one of the largest invited fields in recent history. Also toeing the start line will be Samuel Kosgei, who placed second at the 2017 Army 10 Miler, and Matt Llano, who finished second at the 2015 USATF Marathon Championships. Rounding out the top of the men’s field is recent addition Chris Derrick, a three-time USA Cross Country Champion.

Leading the women’s field is Aliphine Tuliamuk, two-time defending USATF Running Circuit Champion and 7-time National Champion. Challenging Tuliamuk at the front will be recent additions Gwen Jorgensen, an Olympic and World Champion triathlete recently turned pro distance runner, and Sara Hall, the 2017 USA Marathon Champion. Top athletes Lindsey Scherf, who recently broke the women’s indoor marathon world record, and Lindsay Flanagan will also compete for the national title.

This year’s USATF Half Marathon Championships – the 31st for the men and 22nd for the women –  offers an event record prize purse of $85,000. The top 15 finishers in the male and female Open divisions will earn guaranteed prize money, including a record $15,000 each for the national champions. There will also be additional money available through performance time and record bonuses.

Entered in the men’s and women’s fields (Athlete / Affiliation / Half Marathon PR) as of April 30 are:


Leonard Korir, Army, 59:52, defending USATF Half Marathon Champion

Samuel Kosgei, Army, 1:03:23

Parker Stinson, Saucony, 1:03:17

Matt Llano, HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite, 1:01:47

Chris Derrick, Nike Bowerman TC, 1:01:12

George Alex, Dave Barney Running / Skechers Performance, 1:02:54

Willie Milam, Roots Running Project/361, 1:03:08

Ben Payne, Pikes Peak Elite, 1:03:10

Johnny Crain, ZAP Fitness / Reebok, 1:03:21

Eric Ashe, Boston Athletic Association, 1:03:30

Wade Meddles, Roots Running Project/361, 1:03:36

Josh Izewski, ZAP Fitness / Reebok, 1:03:40

Matthew Williams, Pikes Peak Elite, 1:03:57

Andrew Epperson, Seimers Dreamers, 1:04:04

Brogan Austin, Rabbit PRO, 1:04:38

Juan Paredes, Cal Coast Track Club, 1:04:38
Matthew McDonald, Atlanta Track Club, 1:05:10
Patrick Geoghegan, Unattached, 1:05:38
Ryan Root, Tulsa Runner, 1:07:03
Ethan Coffey, Eddie’s Health Shoppe, 1:07:06
Matthew Fecht, Unattached, 1:07:18
Darryl Brown, New Balance, 1:07:26
Adam Wollant, Stoeffler-Wollant, 1:07:28
Teage O’Connor, GMAA, 1:07:34
Sam Montclair, Hartbeat TC, 1:07:45
Chris Fyock, West Texas Running Club, 1:07:54
Julian Heninger,  Bowerman Track Club Elite, 1:08:04
Lauri Takacsi-Nagy, Boulder Track Club, 1:08:44
Ian Walsh, Unattached, 1:08:50
Olivier Vrambout, RUN MN, 1:10:00
Christopher Cipro, Nittany Track & Field, 1:10:39
Mark Greene, Alamo City Running Club, 1:11:51
Aiman Scullion, Second Sole Akrun,  28:54.65 (10,000m)

Joseph Whelan, Stotan Racing / Nike, 1:08:51
Ian Butler, Hudson Elite, 1:05:33
Andrew Colley, ZAP Fitness / Reebok, 47:12 (10 miles)

Isidore Herrera, Unattached, 1:04:20
Nicholas Filippazzo, Unattached, 1:05:54
Riley Coates, U.S. Air Force / Pikes Peak Elite, 1:05:55
Brett Lustgarten, Illinois Elite, 1:09:2
Elliot Martynkiewicz, Unattached, 51:06 (10 miles)
Justin Taylor, Unattached, 1:10:22
Wilkerson Given, Atlanta Track Club Elite ,1:03:33
Bijan Mazaheri, Caltech Track Club, 1:07:18

Sid Vaughn Jr., Hudson Elite, 1:04:03
David Cheromei, Unattached, 1:08:15


Aliphine Tuliamuk, HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite, 1:09:16
Gwen Jorgensen, Nike Bowerman Track Club, Debut
Sara Hall, ASICS, 1:09:37

Lindsay Flanagan, Unattached, 1:12:05
Rochelle Kanuho, Unattached, 1:11:28
Margo Malone, Mammoth Track Club, 1:18:02
Elaina Tabb, Boston Athletic Association, 1:12:29
Valerie Sanchez, Cal Coast Track Club, 1:11:49
Maddie Van Beek, Unattached, 1:14:09
Lindsey Scherf, Westchester Track Club, 1:11:44
Bethany Sachtleben, Unattached, 1:13:28
Carrie Dimoff, Bowerman Track Club, 1:13:59
Roberta Groner, New York Athletic Club, 1:14:26
Ashley Brasovan, SWAP Team, 1:14:31
Samantha Bluske, rabbit, 1:14:52
Sabrina Lopez, Oiselle Haute Volee Team, 1:14:56
Kasie Enman, Green Mountain Athletic Association, 1:15:15
Elizabeth Herndon, Cleveland Elite Development, 1:15:20
Regina Lopez, Oiselle / 361, 1:15:51
Jennifer Bigham, Pittsburgh Pharaoh Hounds, 1:15:59
Kyle Blakeslee, Hudon Elite, 1:16:19
Margaret Callahan, Hudson Elite, 1:16:56
Sara Zambotti, Unattached, 1:16:58
Emma Spencer, Boston Athletic Association, 1:17:11
Andrea Guerra, Team Mosqueda Elite / Skechers Performance, 1:17:41
Marisa Cummings, New York Athletic Club, 1:18:06
Lacey Krout, Atlanta Track Club, 1:18:19
Lauren Floris, rabbit ELITE, 1:18:39
Sakiko Minagawa, Columbus Running Company, 1:18:54
Mollie Turner, Willow Street AC / rabbit, 1:18:59
Lisa Lucas, Unattached, 1:19:20
Katie Wolpert, Unattached, 1:22:31
Natalie  Bower, Unattached, 1:21:01
Dianne  Fisher, Oiselle Volee, 1:21:00
Kendra Pyne, Unattached, 1:25:00
Janel Blancett, Atlanta Track Club, 1:17:34
Erika Fluehr, NYAC, 1:17:23

Rachel Schilkowsky, rabbit / NE Distance, 1:15:52

Molly Grabill, 361, 1:15:33

Tristin Van Ord, Raleigh Distance Project, 1:17:25

Laura Hagley, Millenium Running, 1:15:51

The 2018 USATF Half Marathon Championships – a part of the USATF Running Circuit – will start at 6:55 a.m., ten minutes before the elite and mass start of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. For more information about the USATF Half Marathon Championships, visit:

P3R shares a common goal with the USATF Running Circuit – to showcase, support and promote American athletes in the running industry. With support fromSportsPITTSBURGH, P3R looks forward to increasing exposure and racing opportunities for emerging U.S. runners in the City of Pittsburgh when hosting the 2018 and 2019 USATF Half Marathon Championships for men and women.

Discuss this race here: Official Gwen Jorgensen Prediction / USATF Half Marathon Champs in Pittsburgh Thread  


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