Basweti to Defend Men’s Marathon Title, Field Full of Challengers; Half Field Solid

September 9, 2012

MOLINE, IL - Three-time champion Jynocel Basweti (Kenya) will face a field of challengers in the 2012 Quad Cities Marathon, presented by THE National Bank. The full marathon, along with the Ruhl and Ruhl Half Marathon are the featured prize money events on a Sept. 23rd race day that also includes a 5k run/walk and marathon relay. All races start at 7:30-am at John Deere Commons in downtown Moline.

Basweti has been a fixture at the front of the field during recent QCM history. In five starts he has three wins, one second-place, and one third-place finish. His wins have come in 2011 (2:18:40), 2008 (2:18:04), and 2006 (2:16:36). In 2009, he placed second in 2:19:40 and in 2007, he placed third in 2:21:54. Basweti owns the second, third, and sixth best times in QC history. This year, Basweti has wins at the following marathons: Kentucky Derby, Knoxville, and Shamrock Sportsfest. His best time was a 2:21:36 to finish fourth in Buffalo.

One of the top challengers to Basweti will be veteran Fred Mogaka-Tumbo. Mogaka-Tumbo has a recent best of 2:14:59 from a seventh-place finish at last year's Twin Cities Marathon. His PR sits at 2:12:03 from a silver medal finish at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, he also has a notable win from the 2007 Los Angeles Marathon (2:17:14). John Njoroge (Kenya) ran an impressive 2:12:52 to place fourth at the 2011 Grandma's. He also was fourth in a very warm 2012 Green Bay Marathon (2:32:59).

Nixon Kiplagat-Cherutich (Kenya) is another top challenger. He placed third at this year's Pittsburgh Marathon in 2:14:46. Mario Macias (Alamosa, CO) notched a 2:15:56 to place fifth at last year's California International Marathon. Macias has two wins in 2012: at Lincoln and Carlsbad. Abraham Kogo (Kenya) is another top commitment. He ran 2:16:33 to place fifth at Pittsburgh this year and won the 2012 Cleveland Marathon (2:19:59).

Jonathan Ndambuki (Kenya) is returning to the QCM. He owns three top-4 finishes (4th/2011, 4th/2008, 2nd/2006). Ndambuki also won last year's Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon in 2:24:50. Bryan Morseman (Addison, NY) will make his QC debut. Morseman ran 2:20:11 to win the 2011 Pocono Mountain Marathon.

The master's field is headlined by Gilbert Kipchirchir (Kenya) and Jonathan Piggott (Williamsburg, VA). Piggott was second in the 2010 QCM master's race.

Other elites in this year's field include: Philip Lagat (Toledo, OH), Dejene Nigusse (Ethiopia), Abraham Rutto (Kenya), Edward Tabut (Kenya), Demesse Tefera (Ethiopia), Philip Njoroge (Kenya), and Kenneth Brooks (Portage, MI). Tefera is a QC veteran, having placed fourth in the 2009 marathon. The men's full marathon course record was set in 2010 by Kenya's Leonard Mucheru in 2:16:29.

QCM Men's Full Marathon Field - Top Seeds At a Glance:
Name, From, Notes
John Njoroge, Kenya, 2:12:52 (2011)
Nixon Kiplagat-Cherutich, Kenya, 2:14:46 (2012)
Fred Mogaka-Tumbo, Kenya, 2:14:59 (2011)
Mario Macias, Alamosa, CO, 2:15:56 (2011)
Abraham Kogo, Kenya, 2:16:33 (2012)
Jynocel Basweti, Kenya, 2:18:40 (2011)*

* Three-time QCM champ (2006, 2008, 2011)


Top QC returnees will be joined by a host of talented newcomers in the 2012 Ruhl & Ruhl Half Marathon. The leaders will be shooting for a 1:06:45 course record, set in 2011, by Charles Hillig (Denver, CO). Hillig has announced he will not return this fall.

Sammy Rotich (Kenya) and Bryan Glass (Springfield, IL) are the top returners from 2011. Last year, Rotich placed second in 1:07:08, while Glass was third in 1:09:15. Glass did win the half title in 2010 (1:09:16) and 2009 (1:09:50).

Arturs Bareikis (Crestwood, IL) also returns from last year. He was fourth in 1:10:35. Other top returners from a year ago include: Ronald Lavaire (Urbana, IL), 1:14:20 (8th); Marco Alfaro (Cicero, IL), 1:14:53 (10th); and Alfredo Delgado (Chicago, IL), 1:14:56 (11th).

David Tuwei (Kenya) will have a solid shot at victory in the half. Tuwei placed second in last year's full QCM (2:19:23). Richard Kandie (Kenya) owns a 1:06:01 half best from the 2010 Bayshore event. Festus Kigen (Kenya) was a top track athlete in college with a 5,000-meter best of 14:06.31. 

Rounding out the field are: Matt Jordan (Toledo, OH) and Robert Wambua (Kenya). 


Note, 2012 field updated at the following link: click here
Note, 2012 women's preview: click here