|Andrew Benford, |
shown en route to a 5th place finish
at the 2011 Cow Harbor 10K
in Northport, NY on September 17th,
will compete on the USA Team
for the Izumo Ekiden Relay in Japan on October 10th.
|Benford on his was to winning |
the 3K/5K double at the
2011 Atlantic 10 Conference
Here is the wikipedia entry describing the legs: "The race will be held on October 10th. The Izumo Ekiden in Shimane Prefecture of western Japan marks the beginning of the collegiate ekiden season and is for male university athletes. The race is 6 stages (8k, 5.8k, 8.5k, 6.5k, 5k, 10.2k.) covering 43.1 kilometers. The 23rd annual race was held on October 10, 2011. Since 1998, a select team of Ivy league alumni runners from the United States has competed and found the competition quite stiff. The Ivy league representatives have finished in the last half of the field each time."
To be eligible for race team members must meet the World University Games age limits (under 23). This year the U.S. will send their strongest team ever and will travel to Japan from October 5th through October 12th, with the race contested on October 10th. Team members for the race will be:
|Benford finishing 5th in the challenging|
2011 Cow Harbor 10K on Sept. 27th.
"The Izumo Ekiden is one of three national collegiate championship races held each year. It is comprised twenty-one teams and of six relay legs of 8K, 5.8K, 8.5K, 6.5K 5.0K and 10.2K and totaling 44K. Two athletes will be considered alternates in case of injury or illness and will get to race a 5K in a beautiful track stadium after the relay is completed. The other two races are the Nagoya Ekiden, run in November with 8 legs totaling about 120K, and the Tokyo-Hakone Ekiden, run on January 1 - 2 for a total of 217K. All three are televised live nationally in their entirety" said Fultz.
|Benford competing in the 2011 USATF National|
Championships 3K SC in Eugene, Oregon where he
For more information check out Owen Washburn's blog from the 2008 race. There are links to several other blogs too, including Max King's recap from a few years ago (King recently just won the IAAF World Mountain Running Championships Race in Albania.).