Posted by: Joe English | June 24, 2010

Races — U.S. Standouts Lead Field at Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle

running-advice-bugSeattle, WA — More than 27,000 runners will take to the streets of Seattle Saturday morning, June 26 for the second Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & ½ Marathon benefiting the American Cancer Society.

American Patrick Rizzo leads this year’s field, returning after finishing as the runner-up in last year’s half-marathon with a personal record (PR) of 1 hour, 5 minutes, 34 seconds. The 26-year-old went on to finish 10th overall at the 2009 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and has already set his personal bests this year over 10,000m and 30K. He will be challenged by several of his former teammates from the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, including 2008 Olympian Brian Sell and former Washington State University runner Drew Polley.

The 2006 USA Half-Marathon champion, Sell finished 22nd overall at the Olympic Marathon in Beijing. In 2008 he won the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio half-marathon with a time of 1:02:50 and has also been the USA 25K champion on three different occasions. Sell, who contemplated retirement and plans to attend dental school at Penn State this fall, recently told competitor.com, “I took the winter off in Detroit and now I’m having a lot more fun with running. It is much more fulfilling now that the pressure is off and I’m just going to have fun and see what I can do.”

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