FORT WORTH, Tx. – The USATF Running Circuit resumes Sunday, as Olympians Molly Seidel, Leonard Korir, Aliphine Tuliamuk, and Jared Ward come together to lead exceptional fields through the streets of Fort Worth, Texas at the USATF Half Marathon Championships.
The USATF Half Marathon Championships hosted by the Cowtown Marathon are the second stop on the 2023 USATF Running Circuit. The race will be shown live on USATF.TV beginning at 6:50am CT, available with a +PLUS subscription.
Korir, the defending USATF Half Marathon champion and 2022 winner of the USATF Running Circuit overall standings, seeks to defend his title. At last year’s event, Korir outlasted Futsum Zienasellassie, 1:02:35-1:02:36, to claim the title. Korir enters Sunday’s contest coming off a fourth place performance at the USATF Cross Country Championships last month.
Looking to improve one spot from last year, Zienasellassie returns to the USATF Half Marathon Championships coming off a strong 2022 campaign. Zienasellassie closed his season with a USATF Marathon Championship title, winning his debut in the marathon distance in 2:11:01. Training with HOKA Northern Arizona Elite, Zienasellassie is fit and ready to race Sunday.
At the USATF Marathon Championships, Zienasellassie ran away over the final miles to win the event, but coming in a strong second in 2:11:52 was Jacob Thomson. Thomson is also entered in Sunday’s contest, looking to improve upon his third place finish at last year’s event, where he ran 1:02:46.
Abbabiya Simbassa is another front runner to watch. The reining USATF 10 km champion placed ninth at the USATF Cross Country Championships last month. Simbassa, a staple on the USATF Running Circuit, ran a 1:00:37 half marathon in late-October at the Valencia Half Marathon in Spain.
Three other notable runners in the field are Scott Fauble, who place seventh at the Boston Marathon and ninth at the TCS New York City Marathon in 2022, Matthew McDonald, who two sub-2:11 marathons in 2022 at the Boston Marathon and Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and Brian Shrader, who claimed tenth place in January at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon.
Olympian Ward, who has been relatively quiet over the past few seasons, ran to a 14th place finish at the USATF Cross Country Championships last month, while placing 11th at the TCS New York City Marathon last fall. He’s joined by other veteran road runners in Colin Bennie, Tyler Jermann, Colin Mickow, Shadrack…
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