Terer returns to men’s field as defending champ, course record holder

Moline, IL - Kiplangat Philemon Terer (Kenya) returns to defend his men’s overall title and course record at the 2014 Quad Cities Marathon, presented by Triumph Community Bank. The race is set for 7:30-am, Sept. 28th, at John Deere Commons. Terer highlights a group of 19 elite men in the full marathon, while five elite men have committed to the Ruhl & Ruhl Half Marathon.

In the 2013 race, Terer averaged 5:07/pace per mile en route to a 2:14:04 finish time on the 26.2-mile course. He broke the old course record by 2:25. Terer began to pull away in the 14th mile last year and put an exclamation point on the win with a 4:56 19th mile. His final 10k was run in 32:39. The QCM win was his second in 2013. He also won the Cleveland Marathon in 2:17:37.

Nine other international runners have posted solid results and look to challenge Terer.

Tesfaye Alemayehu (Ethiopia) ran a 2:13:11 as recently as 2012, when he placed second at Baltimore. He also was second in the 2012 California International Marathon in 2:17:06. This year he ran 2:20:18 at Grandma’s (27th). His half marathon best is 1:02:33, run in Chicago in 2013.

Abraham Chelanga (Kenya) ran 2:13:24 to place seventh at this year’s Grandma’s. He also won the 2014 Summitfest Half in 1:05:17. Benjamin Metto (Kenya) has a marathon best of 2:13:45 from the 2012 Grandma’s Marathon. This year he ran 2:15:31 at the Tijuana Marathon. Sammy Malakwen (Kenya) ran 2:15:54 at Grandma’s this year for 12th. He won this year’s Miami ING Marathon in 2:19:56.

David Tuwei (Kenya) ran 2:16:22 for 12th at this year’s Houston Marathon. He won two marathons in 2013: Des Moines (2:17:23) and Indianapolis (2:16:40). Edward Tabut (Kenya) won this year’s Lincoln (NE) Marathon in 2:17:07. He added a 2:18:46 effort at this year’s Grandma’s. His best time last year was a 2:17:05 to place fifth at the Donna Marathon. George Towett (Kenya) placed third at the 2013 Akron Marathon with a personal best 2:17:16. He owns a 1:02:54 half marathon personal best.

John Maina (Kenya) has a marathon best of 2:12:50 from the 2011 Grandma’s Marathon, placing third. This year he has run a 14:34 5k and a 47:50 15k. Alemu Gemene (Ethiopia) has a marathon best of 2:16:23.

Four other international elites are in the field.

Zakayo Biwott (Kenya) owns a 2:22:09 personal best from 2010 in Tenero, SUI. Richard Kandie (Kenya) owns a 1:04:08 half marathon best. Fikadu Lemma (Ethiopia) ran 2:29:32 to place second at the 2013 Bermuda Marathon. Hassen Mohammed (Ethiopia) ran 1:05:12 at the Great Africa Run Half Marathon.

Rounding out the open elite marathon field are: Nathan Hopp (West Amana, IA), Tad Hulst (West Liberty, IA), Phil McNeal (Romeoville, IL), and Andrew Sabin (Cedar Rapids, IA).

In the master’s race, the QCM welcomes back two-time winner John Piggott (Williamsburg, VA). He won last year’s master’s division in 2:42:37 and won in 2012 at 2:43:30. His best time last year was 2:42:23 in Tallahassee.

The full marathon course record belongs to Terer (2:14:04) from last year’s open race. The master’s course record is 2:30:52 by Alexey Korobov (Russia) from 2008.

Five elites entered in Ruhl & Ruhl Half men’s field

Rachid Ezzouniou (Morocco) owns the top seed time in this year’s Ruhl & Ruhl Half Marathon with an impressive 1:01:40 half this year at El Jadida, Morocco.

Elly Sang (Kenya) returns to the Ruhl & Ruhl Half looking to improve on last year’s third place (1:07:05).

Matthew Lowe (Montgomery, TX) ran 1:07:29 to place second at this year’s Austin 3M Half Marathon.

Julius Rotich (Kenya) has a 1:11:38 recent best from the 2012 IMT Des Moines Half, where he placed 11th overall.

Michael Straza (Bloomington, IL) is the top master’s seed. He has two identical 1:12:23 finishes recently at Indianapolis and Houston.

The half marathon course record belongs to Robert Wambua (Kenya) from 2012 in 1:05:03.

QCM Elite Men’s Field (with bib numbers and seed times):

1. Kiplangat Philemon Terer, Kenya, 2:14:04
3. Tesfaye Alemayehu, Ethiopia, 2:13:11
5. Abraham Chelanga, Kenya, 2:13:24
7. Benjamin Metto, Kenya, 2:13:45
9. Sammy Malakwen, Kenya, 2:15:54
11. David Tuwei, Kenya, 2:16:22
15. Edward Tabutt, Kenya, 2:17:05
17. George Towett, Kenya, 2:17:16
19. John Maina, Kenya, 2:12:50
21. Alemu Gemene, Ethiopia, 2:16:23
23. Zakayo Biwott, Kenya, 2:22:09
25. Richard Kandie, Kenya, 1:04:08 (half)
27. Fikadu Lemma, Ethiopia, 2:29:32
29. Hassen Mohammed, Ethiopia, 1:05:12 (half)
31. Nathan Hopp, West Amana, IA
33. Tad Hulst, West Liberty, IA
35. Phil McNeal, Romeoville, IL
37. Andrew Sabin, Cedar Rapids, IA
39. John Piggott, Williamsburg, VA, 2:42:23 (masters)

Ruhl & Ruhl Elite Men’s Field (with bib numbers and seed times):

7001. Rachid Ezzounouniou, Kenya, 1:01:40
7003. Elly Sang, Kenya, 1:07:05
7005. Matthew Lowe, Montgomery, TX, 1:07:29
7007. Julius Rotich, Kenya, 1:11:38
7009. Michael Straza, Bloomington, IL, 1:12:23 (masters)