KEBEDE AND KIDANE AMONG TALENTED GROUP OF INTERNATIONAL ATHLETES SET TO COMPETE FOR 2012 BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON CROWNWritten by Super User
CHICAGO – The Bank of America Chicago Marathon today announced its full elite athlete field for the event’s 35 th running on October 7. Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede tops a stacked roster of athletes hungry for a breakthrough performance on Chicago’s international stage, while the women’s field welcomes, among others, Werknesh Kidane of Ethiopia, coming off a fourth-place finish in the 10,000-meter race at the London Olympics. These athletes join previously announced 2012 Boston Marathon champion and Chicago runner-up Wesley Korir of Kenya, three-time U.S. Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein, and three-time defending champion Liliya Shobukhova of Russia.
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Organisers of the BMW Frankfurt Marathon have released the field of the elite runners today. World record holder Patrick Makau (Kenya) is the stand out competitor while in the women’s event defending champion Mamitu Daska (Ethiopia) returns. Germany’s next major international marathon will be started on 28th October. A capacity field of around 15,000 runners is expected at the BMW Frankfurt Marathon, which is an IAAF Gold Label road race. Adding other running events a total of 25,000 athletes will compete.
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