Run 4 Kerri: Elite Women’s Field Announced

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Race Director Scott Bessette has announced the elite women’s field for this Sunday’s Run 4 Kerri. As always, Scott has put together a very fast and very competitive field. Here’s who is running:

The Leaders

Lindsay Willard

2013-second place finisher of B.A.A. will return.  Known for her prowess in the marathon (Boston 2012, 5th American)  Lindsay is also able to compete and place highly in a majority of the New England races she participates. She recently placed 6th at the JP Morgan Chase International Championships in London, England and 1st at the Mattapoisett July 4th 5 miler.   [Editor’s Note: Williard won the Level Renner 10K in 2013.)

Laura Brustolon

The B.A.A harrier will be a highlight the women’s field.  Brustolon has competed in both the John Kelley 11.6 on Saturday and the Run 4 Kerri on Sunday for last 4 years, making her 4th place finish in 2013, 2nd place in 2010 and 2012, and 1st place finish in 2011 at The Run 4 Kerri that much more impressive.  

 

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Kailin Collins

Returning from her Run 4 Kerri 2012 victory, Kailin will be a name to search for in the lead women’s pack.  In the 2012 edition Collins hoped to reach the mile bonuses and hold on for as long as possible.  Like most rabbits in races she went out quick and was surprised to see that she was able to maintain her lead and ultimately win.  Collins recently won the Quahog mile in 5:01 and seems poised for a fast time. [Editor’s Note: Kailin graced the cover of the Sept/Oct 2012 edition of our magazine after winning the R4K.]

Steph Reilly

2013 USATF-New England Grand Prix women’s winner and 2008 Run 4 Keri winner, Reilly will be returning as well.  While Steph has begun to discover a love for the bike, competing in duathalons. She still has the love for racing and we expect her to be contending for the victory.

Brett Ely

3 time Us Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier owner of a lifetime marathon pr of 2:38:53 and 16:43 for 5k.  Born in Barrington and now residing in Eugene Oregon competing for Team Run Eugene, Brett is making a comeback after foot surgery in January.  Ely just won the Run TrackTown Duck Dash July 26th in 17:51 in her first race back.

Other Top Contenders

Katie (Twarog) Moulton

Katie was standout at Colonie Central High in Albany New York, and Providence College.  After taking some time off after college, Katie has run very successfully over the last few years.  She recently placed 2nd at the Quahog Mile in 5:05.  She is expected to perform well against the field this year.

Paige Either

A track stand out at South Kingstown High, recipient of the Kerri Lynn Bessette Scholarship and current URI Junior.  Either has placed 29th in 2011, 4th in 2012 and 5th in 2013.  Expect another strong performance out of this young runner.

 

Gadrow racing in her Block Island Sport Shop kit.  Photo by John Gadrow.

Gadrow racing in her Block Island Sport Shop kit. Photo by John Gadrow.

Claire Gadrow

Masters runner extraordinaire, and long term supporter of the Run 4 Kerri, Claire has finished 5th in 2003, 3rd in 2004, 3rd in 2007.  In addition she has been a top masters performer and will compete for the top spot again this year. Claire has also performed the Kelley / Run 4 Kerri double for many years.

Renae Cicchinelli

Cicchinelli of Bristol Rhode Island is returning to the Run 4 Kerri after her 5th place performance in 2012.  Most recently she has run 2:58:22 at the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach, VA, 1:24:20 at the B.A.A. Half Marathon and 38:23 at the Lone Gull 10k.

Trish Hillery

Excellent (master) runner, and friend is back to defend her title.  24:48 in 2013.  Trish is a 6x top 10 finisher and can hang with just about anyone.

Elizabeth Hutchins

Liz Hutchins is a graduate of Stonington High and currently competes at Sacred Heart University in Ct. With Prs of 5:06 for the mile, 16:48 for the indoor 5k and 35:32 could she be the “dark horse?”

 

Be there this Sunday to see how the race unfolds!

 

Feature image by Ted Tyler.

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