Friday, September 18, 2009

ING Philadelphia Distance Classic

This half marathon is shaping up to be a very good one that I'll want to watch. American record holder Ryan Hall (59:43), who only races 4 or 5 times a year, will get an opportunity to gauge his fitness leading up to the New York Marathon. A couple of other guys I'll be interested to watch:

Simon Bairu
, who is making his half marathon debut. As a Wisconsin Badger, Bairu was a 2 time NCAA cross country champion, and currently trains with "the Schumacher group" in Portland. He is also racing in New York.

Josh Rohatinsky, also an NCAA cross country champion for Brigham Young (coached by Ed Eyestone). I saw Rohatinsky racing quite a bit last year during the indoor season, clearly attempting to improve his speed over shorter distances. Rohatinsky got 9th in the US Olympic Trials marathon and 7th in the 2008 New York Marathon. He is also a member of the Nike "Schumacher group".

You can watch a podcast live at The race kicks off Sunday at 7:35 am EST.

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