U.S. Stars to Race in Costa Rica on Sunday

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A few fast U.S. road racers—including Abdi Abdirahman, Ryan Hall, Sara Hall, and Matt Llano—will flock to San Jose, Costa Rica on Sunday for the second running of the Gatorade San José Half Marathon, which finishes at Paseo Colon in heart of San José.

Defending champion Ryan Hall, the American record holder in the half marathon who ran 64:09 to win last year’s race, will return to defend his title. Joining him in Costa Rica for the first time since their honeymoon in 2005 will be his wife Sara, who is coming off a great year on the roads that saw her finish fourth at last weekend’s .US 12K road racing championships.

“This year’s field is built for speed, record performances and to increase public attendance for the event,” said Gatorade San Jose Half Marathon race director Mario Reyes. “We have big expectations with this group of men and women who have experience how to race and win.”

Alongside the Halls will be four-time U.S. Olympian Abdi Abdirahman and 61-minute half marathoner Matt Llano of Flagstaff, Ariz., who ran 1:01:47 to finish fifth at the U.S. Half Marathon Championships in January. Not competing in this year’s race will be last year’s second-place finisher, Costa Rican Olympian Cesar Lizano, who will be racing the Cal International Marathon in Sacramento on Dec. 7.

“I’m very excited to run in Costa Rica,” Abdirahman said in a press release. “I’m looking forward to seeing where I stand now against some good friends and great runners of the U.S.

For full article, see http://running.competitor.com/2014/11/news/american-stars-race-costa-rica-sunday_118385

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