San Diego, CA -– One of the world’s greatest marathon runners, South African Hendrick Ramaala, will lead a field of 30,000 entrants on Sunday, June 6 at this year’s revamped Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & ½ Marathon to Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. A former ING New York City Marathon champion, Ramaala owns a personal best of 2:06:55 from the London Marathon in 2006. He finished 5th at the Virgin London Marathon last year, running a time of 2:07:44.
For the first time in the San Diego’s 13-year Rock ‘n’ Roll history, the event will include a half marathon, along with a new finish line at SeaWorld.
“I’m excited to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, every morning I have been pushing my training,” said Ramaala. “I’ve heard a lot of nice things about the race and the city, I would love to do well in front of the people there and put on a good show. I’ve never been to San Diego and I’m excited to see the city.”
Ramaala will line up against defending champion Khalid El Boumlili of Morocco, as well as former 5,000-meter world champion Richard Limo of Kenya. Prior to winning last year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll event, El Boumlili finished third at the 2008 Boston Marathon in a personal record of 2:10:35. Limo comes to San Diego with his sights set on countryman Philip Tarus’ longstanding event record of 2:08:33. Better known for his accomplishments on the track, Limo has a marathon best of 2:06:45 set in Amsterdam in 2007. He finished 5th at the 2009 Chicago Marathon and was runner up at the Los Angeles Marathon earlier this year.
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