Elite Field Continues to Grow

August 26, 2011

MOLINE, IL - Twenty-five runners have joined the elite field for the 2011 Quad Cities Marathon, presented by THE National Bank. The field remains open and is subject to change. The race is scheduled for a 7:30-am start, Sept. 25, at John Deere Commons.
Elite athletes will look to challenge course records in this fall's race and Americans will be looking to post qualifying times for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. Leonard Mucheru (Kenya) holds the QCM men's record at 2:16:29 (2010), while Halina Karnatsevich (Belarus) holds the QCM women's record at 2:36:26 (2004). The US Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying standards are 2:19:00 for men and 2:46:00 for women. The US Olympic Marathon Trials are slated for Jan. 14, 2012, in Houston, TX. The master's marathon course records are held by Russia's Alexey Korobov (men) at 2:30:52 from 2008 and by Russia's Elena Orlova (women) at 2:42:31 from 2010. The half marathon course records are held by Madison's (WI) Rod DeHaven (men) at 1:08:34 from 2001 and by Rock Island's (IL) Krista Vrombaut (women) at 1:23:31 from 2010. 

Orlova, along with Kenyan Jynocel Basweti are former overall winners in the field. Orlova won last year's women's open and master's title, while Basweti won open men's titles in 2008 and 2006. Basweti's run in 2006 stands as the second-best effort in race history when he ran 2:16:36.
The top seed times, to date, in this year's men's field belong to Antony Ndungu Mugo, David Tuwei, and Kennedy Melly. All three Kenyans are newcomers to the QCM. Ndungu Mugo ran 2:15:04 to win this year's Chennai India Marathon, while Tuwei posted a 2:15:51 to place 7th the 2010 Baltimore Marathon. Melly clocked a 2:16:35 to place 5th at this year's Krakow Poland Marathon. Also in the men's field is defending master's champ, Erik Bush, Peoria, IL, who ran 2:37:55 last fall at the QCM.
Orlova's 2:42:31, from last year's QCM, is the top time in the women's field to date. Russia's Ludmila Stepnova is close behind with a 2:42:33 from a win at last year's Akron Marathon. American Caroline LeFrak, New York, NY, is next at 2:44:33 from the 2010 Donna/Jacksonville Marathon, which placed 6th. LeFrak is a former five-time NCAA D-I All-American and three-time NCAA D-I runner-up, while running cross country and track at Columbia.
The top seeds in the half marathon to date belong to Archie Bareikis of Oak Forest, IL, (1:10:44) and Jen Paul of LeClaire, IA, who ran 41:52 at this year's Bix-7 Mile.
Top Marathon Seed Times (from 2010-11), To Date:
2:15:04, Antony Ndungu Mugo, Kenya
2:15:51, David Tuwei, Kenya
2:16:35, Kennedy Melly, Kenya
2:18:20, Jynocel Basweti, Kenya
2:19:47, Peter Kemboi, Kenya
2:20:47, Fikadu Lemma, Ethiopia
2:42:31, Elena Orlova, Russia
2:42:33, Ludmila Stepanova, Russia
2:44:33, Caroline LeFrak, New York, NY
2:46:05, Rael Murey, Kenya
2:46:18, Emily Belli, San Diego, CA
2:49:20, Kaci Lickteig, Omaha, NE
A complete summary of the field, to date, is online: click here.