Professional Athlete Bios

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OPEN DIVISION (INTERNATIONAL)

Diane Nukuri Johnson

Diane Nukuri Johnson: Burundi - OLYMPIAN
DOB - 12/01/84
PRs - 15:59 5,000m, 32:37 10K, 69:12 Half Marathon, 2:27:50 Marathonn
Accomplishments:
Two-time Olympian
5th 2015 Great Manchester Run 10K
13th 2015 London Marathon
3rd 2015 Prague Half Marathon
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

Nazret Weldu

Nazret Weldu: Eritrea
DOB: 01/01/90
PR's: 15:42 5K, 70:51 Half Marathon
Accomplishments
2nd 2015 Bay to Breakers
11th 2015 IAAF World Cross-Country Championships
1st 2015 Trier Silvesterlauf 5K
6th 2014 Zatopek Meet 10,000m
1st 2014 Eritrean Athletic Championship 1500m
9th 2014 Bolder Boulder
4th 2014 Bay to Breakers
1st 2014 Eritrean Cross-Country Championships
2nd 2013 Nanning Half Marathon

Amane Gobena

Amane Gobena: Ethiopia
DOB – 09/11/82
PRs – 31:52 10K, 68:16 Half Marathon, 2:23:50 Marathon
Accomplishments:
2nd 2015 Paris Marathon
1st 2014 LA Marathon
1st 2014 Istanbul Marathon
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

Meskerem Assefa

Meskerem Assefa: Ethiopia OLYMPIAN
DOB: 9/20/85
PR's: 2:25:17 Marathon
Accomplishments:
4th 2015 Paris Marathon
2nd 2013 Houston Marathon 2013
African Championships Silver Medalist 1500m
Three-Time Olympian (2004, 2008, 2012, 1500m)

Makida Abdela

Makida Abdela: Ethiopia
DOB: 4/25/89
PRs: 31:51 10K, 2:32.11 Marathon
Accomplishments:
4th 2015 Cooper Bridge Run
8th 2015 Bloomsday Run
2nd 2015 Hy-Vee Half Marathon
2nd 2014 Sheik Zayed 10K
2nd 2013 Lilac Bloomsday 12K
4th 2012 Rome Marathon

Buze Diriba

Buze Diriba: Ethiopia
DOB: 2/9/94
PR's: 14:50.02 5,000m, 31:33.27 10,000m
Accomplishments:
1st 2015 Shamrockin Run 8K
5th 2015 B.A.A. 5K
2012 Gold Medalist from IAAF World Junior Championships 5000m

Emily Chebet

Emily Chebet: Kenya
DOB – 02/18/86
PRs – 115:12 5K, 31:30 10,000m, 31:13 10K
Accomplishments:
6th 2015 IAAF World Cross-Country Championships
1st 2015 Hapalua Half Marathon
3rd 2014 Commonwealth Games 10,000m
2nd 2014 African Championships 10,000m
2nd 2014 Berlin 10K
1st 2014 Valencia Half Marathon
1st 2013 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
1st 2013 World Cross-Country Championships
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

Cynthia Limo

Cynthia Limo: Kenya
DOB: 12/18/89
PR's: 15:12 5K, 31:08 10K, 67:02 Half Marathon
Accomplishments
1st 2015 Lilac Bloomsday 12K
1st 2015 Hy-Vee Half Marathon
7th 2015 B.A.A. 5K
2nd 2015 Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run
2nd 2015 Crescent City Classic
1st 2015 Cooper Bridge Run
2nd 2015 World's Best 10K

Monicah Wanjuhi Ngige

Monicah Wanjuhi Ngige: Kenya
DOB: 11/07/93
PR’s: 15:59 5K, 32:39 10K
Accomplishments:
2nd Rite Aid Cleveland 10K
4th 2015 Crescent City Classic
4th 2015 Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run
8th 2015 B.A.A. 5K
2nd 2015 Hy-Vee 5K
13th 2015 Lilac Bloomsday 12K
3rd 2015 Cooper Bridge Run 10K
1st 2015 Run for the House 5K
6th 2014 Silicon Valley Turkey Trot
2nd 2014 Virginia 8K

Isabella Ochichi

Isabella Ochichi: Kenya - OLYMPIAN
DOB – 10/28/79
PRs – 14:38 5,000m (2005), 30:27 10K
Accomplishments:
4th 2014 Hapalua Half Marathon
3rd 2014 Honolulu Marathon
3rd 2013 Freihofer’s Run for Women
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

Ann Wanjiru

Ann Wanjiru: Kenya
DOB: 06/06/86
PR’s: 15:47 5K, 1:13:06 Half Marathon
Accomplishments:
1st Rite Aid Cleveland 10K
1st 2015 Hy-Vee 10K
6th 2015 Lilac Bloomsday 12K

Salome Kosgei

Name: Salome Kosgei
Residence: Kenya
DOB: 09/03/80
PRs: 16:01 5,000m, 32:22 10K
Accomplishments:
1st 2015 Mt. Goat 10 Mile (59:07)
1st Rye Derby 5 Mile (28:52)
1st Rock N Roll Half Marathon (1:18:13)

OPEN DIVISION (US)

Serena Burla

Serena Burla: USA
DOB: 09/27/82 (31)
PR’s: 15:47 5,000m, 32:47 10,000m, 70:08 Half Marathon, 2:28:01 Marathon
Career: 7th 2015 Houston Marathon
6th 2015 Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run
1st 2014 US Half Marathon Championships
18th 2014 Boston Marathon
2nd 2013 Amsterdam Marathon
3rd 2012 Seoul International Marathon
2nd 2011 US Half-Marathon Championships

Alissa McKaig

Name: Alissa McKaig
Residence: USA
DOB: 02/21/86
PRs: 15:53 5K, 33:34 10K, 2:37.39 Marathon
3rd 2015 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon
8th Mt Sac 5,000m
28th 2011 World Cross-Country

Megan Hogan

Name: Megan Hogan
Residence: USA
DOB: 10/02/88
PRs: 15:29 5,000m, 32:34 10,000m
Accomplishments:
1st 2015 Brooklyn Half Marathon
1st 2015 Scotland Run 10K
6th 2014 Freihofer's Run for Women 5K
8th NCAA Cross-Country
9th 2011 Mt Sac 5,000m
3rd 2011 Gate River Run 15K

Sheree Shea

Sheree Shea: USA
DOB: 7/7/91
PR's: 15:46 5,000m, 33:32 10,000m, 35:22 10K
Accomplishments:
1st 2015 George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Mile
5th 2014 Payton Jordan Cardinal Invite 5000m
2014 NCAA Division 1 All-American
Loyola Marymount University 5000m Record Holder
2008 Footlocker National Finalist

Lindsay Flanagan

Lindsay Flanagan: USA
DOB: 1/24/91
PR's: 16:01 5,000m, 32:22 10,000m, 33:25 10K
Accomplishments:
9th 2015 Houston Marathon
12th 2015 US 15K Championships
10th 2015 Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run

Andie Cozzarelli

Andie Cozzarelli: USA
DOB: 8/14/90
PR's: 16:03 5,000m, 33:26 10,000m, 35:26 10K
Accomplishments:
1st 2014 Nash Health Care Rocket Mile
5th 2014 Sir Walter Miler
2nd ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships 10,000m
3rd Kent Taylor Outdoor Invitational 1,500m
Two-time All-American at North Carolina State
Won multiple state championships while at Apex High School, NC

Christine Ramsey

Christine Ramsey: USA
DOB: 11/13/82
PR's: 17:10 5K, 34:43 10K
Accomplishments:
1st 2014 Pike’s Peek 10K
7th 2014 USA Women's Marathon Championship
1st 2014 BlueCross BlueShield Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon

Hannah Davidson

Hannah Davidson: USA
DOB: 04/15/90
PR’s: 2Mile 9:56, 5k 16:01, 10k 34:58
Accomplishments:
1st 2015 Lilac 10K
1st 2015 USATF Niagara 10k
7th 2015 USATF 2 Mile Indoor Championship
4th 2014 Gortex Philadelphia Half Marathon
12th 2014 CVS Downtown 5k
1st 2014 Penn Relays 5k

MASTERS DIVISION

Emily Bryans

Melody Fairchild: USA
DOB: 09/10/73
PRs: 15:30 5K, 33:06 10K, 1:11:34 Half Marathon, 2:44:44 Marathon
Accomplishments:
2nd 2015 US Masters Cross-Country Championships
1st 2014 US Masters 20K Championships
2nd Master 2014 BAA 5K
1st Master 2014 Yuengling Half Marathon
2012 Member of Gold Medal team at World Long Distance Mountain Run Championships
1st 1996 NCAA Indoor Championship 3,000m
2-time Kinney Cross Country Championships (high school)
3rd 1991 World Jr. Cross Country Championships (still in high school)




Carmen Troncoso

Carmen Ayala-Troncoso: USA
DOB: 04/02/59
PRs: 15:50 5K, 33:25 10K
Accomplishments:
11th 2014 US Masters 10K Championships
5th Master 2013 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
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 99,00,03,05,06
2005 Masters World Champion 45-49 age 5000m & 8K XC
1st Master 2005 Freihofer’s Run for Women

Marisa Sutera Strange

Marisa Sutera Strange: USA (Pleasant Valley, N.Y.)
DOB – 06/12/63
PRs(Since Turning 40): 4:36 1500m, 9:57 3,000m, 17:22 5,000m (road)
Accomplishments:
1st 2015 USATF 10K Masters Championship
2015 Broke Joan Samuelson’s Indoor 3K American Record at the Armory in NYC
National Champion in 50 Age Group for 3K and Mile

Christy Peterson

Christy Peterson: USA (Chicago, IL)
DOB: 10/13/74
PR’s: 17:01 5K, 59:48 10 mile, 1:19:06 Half Marathon, 2:47:59 Marathon
Accomplishments:
5th Master 2015 US 15K Championship
2nd Master 2015 Naples Daily News Half Marathon
4th Master 2014 California International Marathon
1st Master 2014 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

Lyubov Denisova

Lyubov Denisova: Russia (Gainesville, Fla.)
DOB: 11/06/71
PR's: 32:19 10,00m , 71:25 Half Marathon, 2:25:18 Marathon
Accomplishments:
1st Master 2015 Cooper Bridge Run
1st Master 2015 Naples Half Marathon
1st Master 2014 Detroit Marathon
6th Overall 2014 Litchfield Hills Road Race
1st Master 2014 Cotton Row 10K
1st Master 2014 Gum Tree 10K
1st Master 2014 Cooper River Bridge Run



Renee Tolan

Renee Tolan: USA (Clifton Park, N.Y.)
DOB: 11/01/74
PR’s: 18:03 5K, 37:14 10K
Accomplishments:
3rd 2015 10K Masters Championships
1st Master 2015 Delmar Dash
2nd Age Group 2014 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
1st Master 2014 Stockadeathon 15K
1st Master 2014 Troy Turkey Trot

Erin Corcoran

Erin Corcoran: USA (Schenectady, N.Y.)
DOB: 04/26/74
PR’s: 17:18 5K, 37:00 10K
Accomplishments:
1st Master 2014 Firecracker 4 Race
1st Master 2014 Adirondack Distance Run
5th Master 2014 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K
2nd Master 2014 Memorial Mile










Libby James

Libby James: USA
DOB: 07/12/36
PRs: 23:30 5K, 50:15 10K, 79:22 10 Mile
Accomplishments:
1st Age Group 2015 US Cross-Country Championships
1st Age Group 2014 Syracuse Festival of Races
1st Age Group 2014 Equinox Half Marathon
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