Posted by: Joe English | June 24, 2009

Races — Tergat, Adere headline Rock N Roll Seattle Half-Marathon

SEATTLE — An international field of Olympic athletes, including Paul Tergat and Berhane Adere, will take to the roads of the Pacific Northwest Saturday for the Inaugural running of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon and Half-marathon.

The women’s professional field will be lead by former 10,000m World Champion Berhane Adere of Ethiopia. Adere, who will compete in the ½ marathon, won back-to-back Chicago Marathons in 2006-07 and was the winner of the Dubai Marathon last year. She holds a half-marathon PR of 1 hour, 8 minutes, 17 seconds and is looking to challenge the Washington State record of 1:10:08 set in 1990 by Lisa Weidenbach, the last American to win the Boston Marathon.

“We are delighted to have an athlete of Berhane’s caliber come to Seattle,” said Matt Turnbull, Athlete Coordinator for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “She is in fantastic condition and we expect her championship form to carry through in what is shaping up to be a great contest on June 27th.”

Romanian Nuta Olaru, winner of the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio last November and two-time L.A. Marathon runner-up, joins Adere amongst the favorites in the women’s half-marathon.

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