Posted by: Joe English | March 26, 2009

Races — U.S. Olympians Set to Race at Carlsbad 5000

c-bad_logoCARLSBAD, CA –– One of the world’s fastest five-kilometer road races has once again attracted a world-class field to the Southern California beach side resort of Carlsbad. Known for producing 16 world records, a selection of America’s best runners has signed up to compete in the 24th annual Carlsbad 5000 on Sunday, April 5.

Among them are four U.S. Olympians hoping to produce the level of performances that put them on the road to Beijing last year. Anthony Famiglietti, fresh from his recent victory at the USA 15k Championships, will be making his Carlsbad debut with his sights set on Marc Davis’ 13-year-old American record of 13:24.

“Winning the USA 15k Championship was a unique challenge, and switching gears from a long distance race to a 5k will be even more challenging,” said Famiglietti, who used a last-second burst to win the 15k title with a time of 43:36. “Carlsbad has a great history, including a U.S. 5000m record setting performance by Marc Davis in 1996. The race will be a great opportunity to test myself against some of the best middle distance runners around. I hope to live up to the tradition of great performances the Carlsbad 5000 is known for.”

Famiglietti, who won the 2008 USA 5K Championship last year, is the fastest American to ever run the 5000m on U.S. soil with a PR of 13:11.93. He will face stern competition from NCAA 5000m champion Bobby Curtis, a collegiate All-American at Villanova, who holds a personal best of 13:25:66 in the 5000m. Curtis will be full of confidence after recently earning his first U.S. vest at the upcoming World Cross Country Championships in Amman, Jordan.

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