Professional Athlete Bios

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OPEN DIVISION (INTERNATIONAL)

Zemzem Ahmed

Zemzem Ahmed: Ethiopia - OLYMPIAN
DOB – 12/27/84
PRs – 9:17:85 3,000m Steeplechase (National Record), 9:03:49 3,000m
Accomplishments:
2008 Olympian
4th 2012 Diamond League Areva Track Meet 3,000m Steeplechase
1st 2012 Sotreville-Les-Rouen Track Meet 3,000m Steeplechase
7th 2012 DN Galan Track Meet 3,000m Steeplechase
2nd 2009 Qatar Super Grand Prix Track Meet 3,000m Steeplechase
7th 2008 Beijing Olympics 3,000m Steeplechase

Amane Gobena

Amane Gobena: Ethiopia
DOB – 09/11/82
PRs – 31:52 10K, 68:16 Half Marathon, 2:24:13 Marathon
Accomplishments:
1st 2011 Xiamen International Marathon
7th 2011 World’s Best 10K
8th 2010 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
1st 2010 Osaka Women’s Marathon
5th 2010 Zayed Half Marathon
1st 2010 Seoul International Marathon

Merima Mohammed

Merima Mohammed: Ethiopia
DOB – 10/06/92
PRs – 4:20:19 1,500m, 68:36 Half Marathon, 2:23:04 Marathon
Accomplishments:
9th 2012 TCS World 10K
3rd 2012 Xiamen Int. Marathon
4th 2011 Frankfurt Marathon
2nd 2011 TCS World 10K
2nd 2011 Standered Chartered Mumbai Marathon
15th 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships 8K
1st 2011 Dusseldorf Marathon
3rd ScotiaBank Toronto Marathon
1st ING Ottawa Marathon

Emily Chebet

Emily Chebet: Kenya
DOB – 02/18/86
PRs – 15:12 5K, 31:30 10,000m, 31:13 10K
Accomplishments:
5th 2013 Bangalore World 10K
1st 2013 World Cross Country Championships
3rd 2012 African Cross Country Championships
4th 2012 World’s Best 10K
4th 2012 Kenyan Cross Country Championships
3rd 2011 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
2nd 2011 Zatopek Classic 10,00m (PR 31:30:22)
5th 2011 New York Mini
1st 2010 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K (course record 15:12)
5th 2010 New York Mini
1st 2010 World Cross Country Championships 4th 2010 Crescent City Classic
3rd 2010 Bloomsday
2nd 2010 Bay to Breakers
11th 2008 World’s Best 10K
6th 2007 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K

Isabella Ochichi

Isabella Ochichi: Kenya - OLYMPIAN
DOB – 10/28/79
PRs – 14:38 5,000m (2005), 30:27 10K
Accomplishments:
1st 2013 GöteborgsVarvet Half Marathon
3rd 2013 Prague Half Marathon
4th 2006 World Athletic Final 5,000m
3rd 2005 World Cross Country Championship short course
8th 2005 World Championships 5,000m
2nd 2004 World Athletic Final 5,000m
2nd 2004 Athens Olympic 5,000m

Alice Kimutai

Alice Kimutai: Kenya
DOB - 09/07/92
PRs - 31:51 10K
Accomplishments:
4th 2013 Rite-Aid Cleveland 10K
1st 2013 Crescent City Classic 10K
8th 2013 Cherry Blossom 10 Mile
6th 2013 B.A.A. 5K
6th 2012 Bix 7 Road Race
10th 2012 Falmouth Road Race
4th 2012 Crim Road Race 10 Mile
2nd 2012 Nairobi Hmar
2nd 2012 Rawanda 10K
4th Mwea Mombasa Half Marathon

Millicent Gathoni Kuria

Millicent Gathoni Kuria: Kenya
DOB - 04/12/86
PRs - 16:26 5K and 32:49 10K
Accomplishments:
3rd 2013 Rite-Aid Cleveland 10K
9th 2013 Crescent City Classic 10K
5th 2013 Cherry Blossom 10 Mile
8th 2013 B.A.A. 5K
7th 2012 Bix 7 Road Race
6th 2012 Crim Road Race 10 Mile
2nd 2009 Bellin 10K
5th 2009 Bolder Boulder 10K
7th 2008 Beach to Beacon
5th 2008 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
1st 2008 Bolder Boulder 10K
1st 2008 Moonlight Run
2012: Returned to competition after maternity leave

Diane Nukuri Johnson

Diane Nukuri Johnson: Burundi - OLYMPIAN
DOB - 12/01/84
PRs - 15:55 5,000m, 33:17 10,000m, 76:16 Half Marathon
Accomplishments:
Two-time Olympian
1st 2013 Zazzle Bay to Breakers 12K
8th 2013 Boston Marathon
2nd 2013 NYC Half Marathon
3rd 2012 Manchester Road Race
1st 2012 Alliant Energy 8K
2nd 2012 Steamboat Classic
4th 2012 NY Mini Marathon
1st 2012 Dam to Dam 20K
5th 2012 Bloomsday Run 12K
6th 2011 Freihofer’s Run for Women
2nd New Delhi Half Marathon

Karolian Jarzynska

Karolina Jarzynska: Poland - OLYMPIAN
DOB – 09/06/81
PRs – 4:17:22 1,500m, 9:02:23 3000m, 15:33 5K, 32:09 10,000m, 70:36 Half Marathon, 2:26:44 Marathon
Accomplishments:
1st 2013 Marathon Lodz
1st 2013 City lauf Korsenbroich 5K
1st 2013 Half Marathon Santa Monica
3rd 2013 Cresent City Classsic 10K
6th 2013 Bloomsday Run 12K
1st 2013Chicago Half Marathon
36th 2012 London Olympic Marathon
20th 2012 World Half Marathon Championships
4th 2012 Berlin Half Marathon
17th 2010 World Half Marathon Championships
8th 2010 Lilac Bloomsday Run 12K
3rd 2009 Frankfurt Marathon
1st 2009 Poland 5,000m Championship

Esther Ndiema Chemtai

Esther Ndiema Chemtai: Kenya
DOB – 06/04/88
PRs – 14:57.16 5,000m, 31:27 10K, 70:04 Half Marathon
Accomplishments:
3rd 2013 Bangalore 10K
3rd 2013 World’s Best 10K
1st 2013 Parelloop 10K
1st 2013 Paderborn 10K
3rd 2013 Berlin 25K
1st 2012 Parelloop 10K
1st 2012 Zandvoort Circuit Run 12K
2nd 2012 Bangalore 10K
2nd 2011 Paderborn 10K
2nd 2011 Wurzburg 10K

OPEN DIVISION (US)

Sarah Crouch

Sarah Crouch: USA
DOB – 08/22/89
PRs – 15:50 5K, 32:37 10K, 54:15 10 Mile
Accomplishments:
6th 2013 Rite-Aid Cleveland 10K
2nd 2013 Reedy River Run 10K
3rd 2013 USATF 10 Mile Championships
9th 2013 Cherry Blossom 10 Mile
2012 Olympic Trials Qualifier for 10,000m
2nd 2012 Midnight Run 4 Mile
5th 2011 USATF 10 Mile Championships
1st 2011 NCAA Division II 10,000m Championships

Esther Erb

Esther Erb: USA
DOB – 04/20/86
PRs – 27:36 8K, 56:34 10 Mile, 2:39 Marathon
Accomplishments:
7th 2013 Midnight Run
6th 2013 Naples Daily News Half Marathon
1st 2012 Broad Street 10 Mile
27th 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials
15th 2011 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
4th 2011 Broad Street Run
8th 2010 Manchester Road Race

Michelle Frey

Michelle Frey: USA
DOB – 04/18/82
PRs – 16:33 5K, 34:49 10K
Accomplishments:
4th 2013 Zazzle Bay to Breakers 12K
13th 2013 World’s Best 10K
6th 2012 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
4th 2012 Bay to Breakers 12K
3rd 2012 More Fitness Half Marathon
22nd 2012 USA Olympic Marathon Trials
16th 2011 USA 10 Mile Championships
2nd 2011 Minneapolis 13.1 Marathon
5th 2010 Casablanca International Marathon
23rd 2010 Boston Marathon
5th 2010 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon
4th 2009 USA 25K Championships

Tera Moody

Tera Moody: USA
DOB – 12/18/80
PRs – 16:14 5K, 26:53 8K, 33:50 10K, 2:30:53 Marathon
Accomplishments:
3rd 2013 USATF 25K Championships
1st 2013 Shamrock Run 8K
1st 2013 Lakefront 10 Mile
2nd 2013 Go! St. Louis Half Marathon
2nd 2011 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Half Marathon
17th 2011 World Championships Marathon
5th 2011 USA Half Marathon Championships
10th 2010 Chicago Marathon
1st 2010 Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon
6th 2010 US Half Marathon Championships
1st 2010 Shamrock Shuffle 8K
9th 2009 Chicago Marathon
28th 2009 World Championships Marathon
2nd 2009 Shamrock Shuffle 8K
17th 2009 Cherry Blossom 10 Mile
19th 2009 Gate River Run
6th 2008 USA 10K National Championship
5th 2008 USA Olympic Marathon Trials
6th 2008 Gate River Run 15K

McKenzie Melander

McKenzie Melander: USA
DOB – 10/12/89
PRs – 15:57/34:29
Accomplishments:
3rd 2012 Shelter Island 10K
4th 2012 5th Seasons 8K
1st 2012 Big Ten 5,000m Championships
2nd 2012 Big Ten 10,000m Championships
14th 2012 NCAA 5,000m Championships
15th 2011 NCAA Indoor 1,500m Track Championships
6th 2011 Big Ten 5,000m Championships
8th 2011 Big Ten 1,500m Championships
4th 2011 Drake Relays 1,500m
5th 2011 Stanford Invite 5,000m
1st 2010 Musco Twilight XI 1,500m
5th 2010 Iowa Invite 3,000m

Amy Van Alstine

Amy Van Alstine: USA
DOB – 11/11/87
PRs – 15:42 5,000m, 25:50 8K
Accomplishments:
2nd 2013 Newport 10,000m
2nd 2013 Sun Angel Classic 1500m
4th 2012 Shamrockin Run 8K
1st 2012 Sally’s Run 5K
5th 2012 Manchester Road Race
3rd 2012 HCA Virginia 8K
1st 2011 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship 1500m
1st 2011 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship 5K

MASTERS DIVISION

Dorota Gruca

Dorota Gruca: Poland - OLYMPIAN
DOB – 12/05/70
PRs – 15:18 5,000m, 31:52 10,000m
Accomplishments:
1st Master 2013 Carlsbad 5,000
1st Master 2013 Bloomsday Run 12K
1st Master 2012 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
1st Master 2012 Bloomsday Run 12K
1st Master 2012 Carlsbad 5000
2nd overall 2012 P.F. Chang’s Rock N Roll Half Marathon
1st Master 2011 Manchester Road Race
2nd Overall 2011 Phoenix 10K
30th 2008 Olympic Marathon Beijing



Joan Samuelson

Joan Benoit Samuelson: USA - OLYMPIAN
DOB – 05/16/57
PRs – 15:40 5K, 2:21:21 Marathon
Accomplishments:
1st Age Group 55-59 2013 Boston Marathon – set US Age Group Record 2:50:29
2010 – Set American Record for 10 Miles for Women 50+
6th Master 2012 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
5th Master 2010 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
3rd Master 2009 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
2009 – Set American Record for 3,000m for Women 50+
2008 – Set American Record for Marathon for Women 50+
2008 – Set American Record for 5K for Women 50+
2nd Master 2005 Twin Cities Marathon
1st 1985 Chicago Marathon
1st 1984 Olympic Women’s Marathon
1st 1983 Boston Marathon
1st 1979 Boston Marathon

Carmen Troncoso

Carmen Ayala-Troncoso: USA
DOB – 04/02/59
PRs – 15:50 5K, 33:25 10K
Accomplishments:
2nd 2011 Master’s World Championship 1500 meters
1st 2011 Master’s World Championship 5,000 meters
4th Master 2010 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
3rd Master 2010 Carlsbad 5,000
5th Master 2009 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
5th Master 2008 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
1st 2008 Run for the Water 10 Mile
1st Master 2008 USATF Pacific Assoc. Cross-Country Championship
1st Master 2008 Turkey Trot 5K
1st Master 2008 National Cross-Country Championship 6K
3rd Master 2008 3M Half Marathon
2006 Running Times Runner of the Year 45-49 age group
4-time USA Olympic Trials participant Track & Field
National Masters 5K Road Champion in 2006, 2005, 2003, 2000 and 1999
2005 Masters World Champion 45-49 age group 5000m & 8K XC
1st Master 2005 Freihofer’s Run for Women

Sheri Piers

Sheri Piers: USA
DOB – 05/19/71
PRs – 74:27 Half Marathon, 2:37:04 Marathon
Accomplishments:
2nd Master 2012 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
10th Overall, 1st American 2012 Boston Marathon
24th Overall 2012 US Olympic Trials Marathon
1st Master 2011 Twin Cities Marathon
22nd Overall 2011 Boston Marathon
9th Overall 2010 P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
10th Overall 2009 Beach to Beacon 10K



Libby James

Libby James: USA (76-years-old)
DOB – 07/12/36
PRs – 23:30 5K, 50:15 10K, 79:22 10 Mile
Accomplishments:
2013 World Age Group (75-79) Record in Half Marathon 1:45:56
Started running at 40-years-old
70-74 age group record holder at 5K
75-79 age group record holder at 5K, 10K & 10 Miles
2012 Inducted into the Colorado Running Hall of Fame
2011 Running Times “Master Runner of the Year” in 70-74 and 75-79 age groups



Emily Bryans

Emily Bryans: USA
DOB – 07/31/67
PRs – 17:17 5K, 36:36 10K
Accomplishments:
2nd 2013 Westfield 5K
2nd 2012 5K National Masters Championships
4th Master 2012 Tufts 10K
3rd 2011 National Masters Championship 5K
3rd Master 2011 Boilermaker 15K
1st 2010 5K Masters Championships
2nd 2010 15K Masters Championships
5th 2009 Masters 5K Championships
2nd 2009 15K Masters Championships
5th Master 2008 Boston Marathon




Lucy Smith

Trina Painter: USA
DOB – 06/24/66
PRs – 15:38 5K, 32:02 10K, 71:07 Half Marathon, 2:35 Marathon
Accomplishments:
3rd Master 2010 Cooper Bridge Run 10K
4th Master 2009 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
17:14 at 2009 Sun Angel Track Meet
35:30 at 2009 Masters 10K Championship Heritage Oak 10K
1st Master 2007 Houston Half Marathon
3-time Olympic Trials competitor
Member, Arizona Runners Hall of Fame