More than 10,000 runners, including U.S. Olympians took to the streets in North County Sunday morning for the Carlsbad 5000 race.
Dejen Gebremeskel won first place and Paul Chelimo took second place, with Sam McEntee following in third place for the Elite Men’s race.
In the Elite Women’s race, Viola Lagat won first place, Shannon Rowbury took second place and Aisha Praught took third place.
In the Master’s Men race, Neville Davey won first place, Jeremy Deere won second place and John Gardiner won third place. In the Master’s Woman race, Courtney Babcock took first place, Julie Ertel took second place and Hilary Corno took third place.
For the all-day 20K, Meriah Earle took first place in the women’s race and Scott Hoover took first place in the men’s race. In the 29 and under race, Leilani Rios won first place in the women’s race and Roosevelt Cook won first place in the men’s race.
“The 27-year-old Gebremeskel has completely dominated this race in the past, having won on four occasions and being the only four-time champion in the race’s 32-year history.”
Gebremeskel won the silver medal at this distance in the 2012 Olympics in London.
“I’m excited to be coming back to Carlsbad to race over 5,000 meters,” Gebremeskel said. “It’s one of my favorite races in the world and I have won here many times. As always it will be tough as the competition is always strong but I hope that I can add another title to my collection.”
Chelimo won the silver medal at this distance for the U.S. at last year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
“I’m really excited and ready to compete at Carlsbad 5K,” he said. “It’s a good preparation for a big outdoor season, hoping to do great and get some confidence to propel me to the World Championships in London.”
Three-time U.S. Olympian Shannon Rowbury headlined the woman’s professional race. She is the American record-holder in both the 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters on the track. It was her third appearance at Carlsbad.
“San Diego and Carlsbad are just stunningly beautiful,” Rowbury said. “To be able to race in front of a U.S. crowd, I love it. And the course is stunning. I’m excited to open the outdoor season with a road race.”
The Carlsbad 5000 kicked off at 6:55 a.m. with the Masters Men division. The elite women’s race started at 11:31 a.m. and the men’s race started at 11:53 a.m. as the final event.
The race culminated with the “Party by the Sea,” where all eligible runners received a free beer at the Finish Line Festival.
— City News Service
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