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Boston Half-Marathon elites announced

Posted by Matt Pepin, BostonGlobe.com Staff  October 5, 2011 09:55 AM

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The Boston Athletic Association has announced the elite fields that will compete in Sunday's BAA Half-Marathon.

The defending men's champ, John Korir of Kenya, will return, as will women's champ Caroline Rotich of Kenya. 2007 men's winner Samuel Ndereba is also planning to run the event.

The race starts and finishes in Franklin Park. It begins at 8:30 a.m.

The elite fields, listed by bib number, name, citizenship and personal-best half-marathon time, are:
MEN
1 John Korir, Kenya, 1:00:47 (2004)
2 Samuel Ndereba, Kenya, 1:01:51 (2006)
3 Sam Chelanga, Kenya, debut
4 John Itati, Kenya, 1:02:04 (2004)
5 Ali Abdosh, Ethiopia, 1:04:26 (2010)
6 Elkanah Kibet, Kenya, 1:04:24 (2011)
7 Gilbert Okari, Kenya, 1:01:26 (2009)
8 Fernando Cabada, Boulder, Col., 1:02:32 (2011)
10 Timothy Ritchie, Boston, 1:07:49 (2010)
WOMEN
F1 Caroline Rotich, Kenya, 1:08:52 (2011)
F2 Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, Rome, Ga., 1:10:59 (2010)
F3 Jane Kibii, Kenya, 1:10:23 (2011)
F6 Heather Cappello, Arlington, Mass., 1:15:04 (2010)
F7 Kathleen Dicamillo, Providence, RI, debut
F8 Diana Bowser Needham, Mass., 1:13:13 (2001)

The course is an out-and-back route that takes runners along the Emerald Necklace park system, and includes a section of the Franklin Park Zoo.

The road closure schedule is:
8:10 All roadways closed and course swept of vehicles
8:20 Start of Wheelchair race
8:30 Start of Running race
11:00 Riverway & Jamiacaway opened from Landmark Center to Kelly Circle
11:30 Riverway, Jamiacaway, and Arborway completely opened
12:30 Pierpont road reopened

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