Thursday, February 17th. Wow, life is all go, go, go! Just got back from a really motivational [and informative] Running USA Conference in San Antonio at midnight last night, and see that the RAK Half is coming up fast, tomorrow. And speaking of “FAST”, Ras Al Khaimah looks like it will continue it’s terrific tradition of “FAST” . The race goes tomorrow, Friday, and as well as a dust up between Patrick Makau [winner in 2008 & 09, with a PR 58:52!!], Bernard Kipyego [World Half Silver Medallist ’09], past Boston champ Deriba Merga, Wilson Chebet on the Men’s side, plus Mary Keitany [66:36 PR] and Dire Tune [PR 67:18], it will include another STWM alumni to watch. Rose Kosgeimade her marathon debut at STWM2010, with a modest 2:30:52, good for 8th. As a winner of the Prague Half in ’09 & ’10 with a PR of 69:03, she’ll also be hoping to be in the thick of things in tomorrow’s 21k. As an interesting comparison, Mary Keitany, with her blinding speed at the half, made her marathon debut last Fall too — running a very modest 2:29:01 in New York. Read a full pre-race review from the IAAF. Also good piece on Time-To-Run.
Then Saturday we chase the sunshine onto the NACAC Cross Country Championships in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, where some of our CRS stars like Kate Vaughan & Natasha Wodak will be proudly racing for the Canadian national team. More on that tomorrow!
But first, it’s GOOD LUCK tomorrow to our STWM Elite Athlete Co-ordinator, Ian Ladbrooke who also puts together the RAK field. Go Ian! Go Rose!