Sometimes you just have to pinch yourself ….

Posted: February 26, 2010 in Training

The elite field for the 114th running of the Boston Marathon on April 19th was announced on Wednesday. Defending champs Deriba Merga and Salina Kosgei return as well as prior Boston winners Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Catherina Ndereba (Catherine the Great), Dire Tune and Lidia Grigoryeva.

The Boston Athletic Association (BAA)  has also put together a top field of Americans, including Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi, Josh Rohatinsky, Antonio Vega and Jason Lehmkuhle.

The women’s field will include top runners Teyba Erkesso, Yurika Nakamura, Weiwei Sun and Agnes Kiprop.

 114th Boston Marathon John Hancock’s 2010 Elite Athlete Field

Men’s Open Field Personal Best
Deriba Merga, Ethiopia 2:06:38 (London, 2008)
Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Kenya 2:07:14 (Boston, 2006) CR
Ryan Hall, USA 2:06:17 (London, 2008)
Abderrahim Goumri, Morocco 2:05:30 (London, 2008)
Gilbert Yegon, Kenya 2:06:18 (Amsterdam, 2009)
Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot, Kenya 2:06:23 (Frankfurt, 2009)
Evans Cheruiyot, Kenya 2:06:25 (Chicago, 2008)
Chala Dechase, Ethiopia 2:06:33 (Dubai, 2010)
Elijah Keitany, Kenya 2:06:41 (Amsterdam, 2009)
David Kipkorir Mandago, Kenya 2:06:53 (Paris, 2009)
Benjamin Maiyo, Kenya 2:07:09 (Chicago, 2005)
Tekeste Kebede, Ethiopia 2:07:52 (Fukuoka, 2009)
Gashaw Asfaw, Ethiopia 2:08:03 (Paris, 2006)
John Kipkorir Komen, Kenya 2:08:06 (Reims, 2008)
Samuel Mugo, Kenya 2:08:20 (Beijing, 2009)
Stephen Kiogora, Kenya 2:08:24 (Frankfurt, 2008)
Mebrahtom Keflezighi, USA 2:09:15 (New York City, 2009)
Moses Kipkosgei Kigen, Kenya 2:10:12 (Nairobi, 2009)
Abdellah Falil, Morocco 2:12:37 (Turin, 2009)
Jason Lehmkuhle, USA 2:12:54 (New York City, 2007)
Cutbert Nyasango, Zimbabwe 2:13:19 (Berlin, 2009)
Alejandro Suarez, Mexico 2:13:33 (Torreon, 2009)
Josh Rohatinsky, USA 2:14:23 (New York City, 2008)
Antonio Vega, USA 2:15:45 (Minneapolis/St.Paul, 2009)
Joe Marruchella, USA 3:17:43 (Pittsburgh 2009)
Women’s Open Field Personal Best
Salina Kosgei, Kenya 2:23:22 (Berlin, 2006)
Catherine Ndereba, Kenya 2:18:47 (Chicago, 2001) NR
Madai Perez, Mexico 2:22:59 (Chicago, 2006) NR
Teyba Erkesso, Ethiopia 2:23:53 (Houston, 2010)
Dire Tune, Ethiopia 2:24:40 (Houston, 2008)
Lidiya Grigoryeva, Russia 2:25:10 (Los Angeles, 2006)
Weiwei Sun, China 2:25:15 (Beijing, 2002)
Bruna Genovese, Italy 2:25:28 (Boston, 2006)
Albina Mayorova-Ivanova, Russia 2:25:35 (Chicago, 2003)
Yurika Nakamura, Japan 2:25:51 (Nagoya, 2008)
Agnes Kiprop, Kenya 2:26:22 (Turin, 2009)
Nailya Yulamanova, Russia 2:26:30 (Rotterdam, 2009)
Koren Jelela Yal, Ethiopia 2:28:41 (Venice, 2009)
Waynishet Girma, Ethiopia 2:29:50 (Amsterdam, 2009)
Tatyana Pushkareva, Russia 2:30:30 (San Antonio, 2009)
Meseret Legese, Ethiopia 2:31:37 (Padova, 2009)
Michelle Frey, USA 2:35:51 (Minneapolis/St. Paul, 2006)
Mestewat Tufa, Ethiopia Debut
Chaofeng Jia, China Debut

Just thought I would sneak that last Male Elite runner in there to see if you guys are really reading along!

The reality is that the top elite men will be finishing the course about the same time I am reaching mile 17 – but just being part of such an incredible event is going to be an amazing experience.  In fact 2010 is shaping up to be full of amazing events.

Back in January I had posted my goals for the upcoming year – and at the time I had mentioned that I had a “surprise” lurking off in the distance – well this week I received clearance from the boss (superwife Dawn) that it was o.k. to share with all of our Run for Dom friends that we will be expecting our first child in September.

Kayla .... not too sure about this "kid thing"

At 42 years old I thought it was wise to get this first one out of the way early while I was still young — but seriously, my wife and I could not be happier as this is something we had been hoping for for quite some time.  I have a lot to learn in a short period of time – so if anyone out there has a 28-week training schedule that I can put on my refrigerator I would be eternally grateful! 

I apologize for being a little cryptic about my race plans after the summer for those of you who were asking – now you know why.  But I must say that the thought of getting back to Hopkinton for the 139th running of the Boston Marathon in 2035 with my son or daughter is a pretty cool prospect.  The best part is I will only have to run a 4:15:00 time to qualify! 

Elite Marathoner 2035

  1. connie says:

    Joe I was so impressed to read your name with all the runners from around the world. But the news you shared of the birth of your first child surpasses any other news you throw at us today.
    Through my tears of joy for you and your lovely wife
    God bless you both

    • joerunfordom says:

      Connie – thanks so much for the visit and the kind words! We are super-psyched down here in Austin. I new marrying a woman much, much smarter than me was going to pay off down the line … I’m a very lucky guy!

      Take good care, Joe

  2. Heather G says:

    awww Joe! Congratulations to you and your wife!! Babies are the most amazing blessing, and so much fun! I wish your family a healthy pregnancy and baby! And start practicing now, you’ve gotta teach the little guy/girl the “I’m a rocketship” run 🙂

    • joerunfordom says:

      Heather – Absolutely!!! I thought about that so much when I first read your post about it – it has been tough keeping this out of the blog for the last couple of months …. such a great thing. We are incredibly happy and just hope to have a happy, healthy little guy or gal that is a good sleeper!

  3. tbrush3 says:

    Joe that is awesome news. I cannot be more thrilled for you and your wife. Kids keep you young Joe. That will put a little more power in your stride.

    • joerunfordom says:

      Thanks Trey! It is certainly going to make things A LOT different around the house – but you know us marathoners can function on very little sleep as it is …. Going to give me a lot to think about covering those 52.4 miles through Boston and Pittsburgh that ‘s for sure! Take good care and stay warm out there in Atlanta – been a crazy winter.

      Best, J

  4. Kim says:

    CONGRATS!!!! That is great news! 🙂

    • joerunfordom says:

      Hi Kim! Thanks for the visit and message! Read your post about King Arthur coming out with a new GF line – that is great stuff. That is all I use to make Bread, Pizza Dough and Pasta – their flour is the best to work with. Take good care, J

  5. Danica says:

    Hey Joe! That is so exciting! Congrats to you and your wife and your soon to be new little runner!

  6. onelittlejill says:

    What a great blessing Joe! Congrats to you and your wife 🙂

  7. Stephanie says:

    Congratulations!!!! I’m so excited for you and your wife! That is great news and I wish you guys the best : )

    • joerunfordom says:

      Thanks Stephanie!! We are really excited and looking forward to learning about all the things we don’t know yet. Going to be quite an adventure! Take care Stephanie! Thanks for visiting! Joe

  8. Janna Theriault says:

    Joe and Dawn
    Congratulations on your baby. My husband and I have four children and we would reccomend parenthood to anyone! Kudos to being a new parent at 40 because you will be smarter than you would of been earlier.

    Run on!

    • joerunfordom says:

      Thank you Janna! We are certainly hoping experience will make up for youth in this case! Even our Dog Kayla who is 14 1/2 is a little “old” for this —- so we’ll just have to play zone defense and do the best we can! My wife is a spring chick at 37, so we’ll be relying on her for all the “tough stuff”! Thanks for thie vist! Best, Joe

  9. Lara says:

    Yay to you for being in the Elite field (see, I was reading!!) and for the surprise announcement!!! I have two kiddos of my own, so I know what you’re in for and can honestly say CONGRATULATIONS!!! It couldn’t happen to better people. What a blessed baby!
    Love to you and Dawn,

    • joerunfordom says:

      Thanks Lara! We are very blessed and thankful for sure! Being a “Dad-Runner” will be a new chapter for sure, but one I am very much looking forward to! Best from a sunny, warming Austin! Joe

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