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Olympic Medalists and National Champions to Headline 2021 USATF 5K Championships at Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K on Saturday, November 6

 

Paul Chelimo, Matthew Centrowitz, Erika Kemp, and Gwen Jorgensen to highlight 5K races, which will be streamed live on USATF.TV

 

New York, October 27, 2021—The 2021 Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K and USA Track & Field (USATF) 5K Championships on Saturday, November 6, will feature five Olympians and 28 athletes who competed at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 

The event will take place in Midtown Manhattan the day prior to the TCS New York City Marathon and will be broadcast live on USATF.TV. Abbott will return as the title partner of the event which features a $60,000 prize purse – the largest of any 5K race in the world.

 

The men’s field will be led by two-time Olympic medalist and eight-time national champion Paul Chelimo and Rio 2016 Olympic gold medalist and seven-time national champion Matthew Centrowitz. Chelimo, who won an Olympic 5,000-meter silver in 2016 and bronze in 2021, won the 2018 USATF 5K Championships in New York in a course-record time of 13:45. They will be challenged by 2021 national champions Eric Avila (mile), Sam Chelanga (10K), and Biya Simbassa (10 mile and 25K).

 

“I learned a lot in my experience racing in NYC at the Fifth Avenue Mile earlier this fall, but the 5K is my event, and as the course-record holder at the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K the way I see it, all these other guys are coming into my house,” Chelimo said. “I look forward to the challenge and will run my heart out for another USATF 5K title. Go hard or suffer for the rest of your life!”

 

Two-time NCAA champion Weini Kelati and two-time U.S. champion Erika Kemp will headline the women’s field. They will be joined by Rio 2016 Olympic triathlon gold medalist Gwen Jorgensen, who won the Dash to the Finish Line 5K in 2014, and two-time Olympian and Team New Balance athlete Kim Conley.

 

“Winning the 10K for Women in Boston earlier this month gave me a huge confidence boost as I get ready for the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K and USATF 5K Championships,” Kelati said. “That I broke Molly Huddle’s event record, who won the USA 5K Championships six times, makes me believe that I can compete against the very best and add my name to that list of national champions. I can’t wait to run my first New York City road race.”

 

Following in the footsteps of the professional athletes will be more than 7,000 runners participating in the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K, including top local athletes and many runners participating in the marathon the following day.

Abbott, the title sponsor of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, will be the sponsor of the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K for the fifth time. Abbott, a global healthcare company, helps people live fully with life-changing technology and celebrates what’s possible with good health.

 

The Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K annually provides TCS New York City Marathon supporters, friends and families the opportunity to join in on the thrill of marathon race week. The course begins on Manhattan’s east side by the United Nations, then takes runners along 42nd Street past historic Grand Central Terminal and up the world-famous Avenue of the Americas past Radio City Music Hall. It then passes through the rolling hills of Central Park before finishing at the iconic TCS New York City Marathon finish line.

 

The Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K and USATF 5K Championships will be broadcast live via USATF.TV. The broadcast is scheduled to begin at 8:20am ET with the first race starting at 8:30am ET.

 

USATF 5K Championships – Men’s Field

Athlete

Age

Residence

5K PR

5,000m PR

Abdi Abdirahman

45

Tucson, Ariz.

N/A

13:13.32

Colin Abert

24

Minnetonka, Minn.

N/A

14:10.66

Eric Avila

32

San Diego, Calif.

14:00

13:18.68

Brian Barraza

26

Boulder, Colo.

13:52

13:31.25i

Joe Berriatua

26

Boulder, Colo.

14:34

13:58.37

Matthew Centrowitz

32

Portland, Ore.

14:02

13:00.39

Sam Chelanga

37

Colorado Springs, Colo.

13:43

13:04.35i

Paul Chelimo

31

Colorado Springs, Colo.

13:45

12:57.55

Graham Crawford

24

Charlottesville, Va.

N/A

13:42.55

Dan Curts

26

Norwich, Vt.

N/A

13:38.91i

Ben Eidenschink

25

Boulder, Colo.

N/A

13:56.98

Willy Fink

25

Gaithersburg, Md.

14:00

13:29.58

Sydney Gidabuday

25

Boulder, Colo.

14:14

13:22.66

Ben Harper

24

New York, N.Y.

N/A

14:15.22

Drew Hunter

24

Boulder, Colo.

13:56

13:17.55

Andrew Jordan

24

Washington DC

N/A

13:33.61i

Kasey Knevelbaard

25

Flagstaff, Ariz.

N/A

13:34.91

Ryan Kutch

23

New York, N.Y.

N/A

13:45.59

Jordan Mann

29

Providence, R.I.

13:54

13:27.68i

Tim McGowan

26

Boston, Mass.

N/A

13:54.20

Collin Shultz

27

Flagstaff, AZ

N/A

N/A

Biya Simbassa

28

Flagstaff, Ariz.

13:59

13:25.79

Daniel Soto

25

Rochester Hills, Mich.

14:42

13:55.71

Josef Tessema

27

Castle Rock, Colo.

14:05

13:22.28

Andy Trouard

28

Flagstaff, Ariz.

N/A

13:21.07

Josh Yeager

25

Minneapolis, Minn.

N/A

13:42.82

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Women

Athlete

Age

Residence

5K PR

5,000m PR

Maddie Alm

29

Boulder, Colo.

16:51

15:19.03

Grace Barnett

26

Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

16:16

15:12.17

Kaylee Bogina

25

Boulder, Colo.

N/A

16:17:35

Alli Cash

27

Seattle, Wash.

N/A

15:19.00

Kim Conley

36

Flagstaff, Ariz.

15:29

15:05.20

Alycia Cridebring

30

Flagstaff, Ariz.

16:04

15:35.34

Aisling Cuffe

28

Providence, R.I.

15:55

15:11.33

Amy Davis

25

Rochester Hills, Mich.

N/A

15:43.91

Ella Donaghu

24

Portland, Ore.

N/A

15:29.42

Sammy George

27

Boone, N.C.

16:52

15:19.66

Ayla Granados

30

Belmont, Calif.

15:53

15:48.51

Carmen Graves

31

Longmont, Colo.

17:19

16:08.94

Marisa Howard

29

Boise, Idaho

16:01

15:54.06

Katie Izzo

25

San Diego, Calif.

N/A

15:13.09i

Gabrielle Jennings

23

Boulder, Colo.

N/A

15:33.59

Gwen Jorgensen

36

Boulder, Colo.

16:03

15:08.28

Weini Kelati

25

Flagstaff, Ariz.

16:27

14:58.24

Erika Kemp

28

Boston, Mass.

15:45

15:10.10

Tansey Lystad

28

Boulder, Colo.

16:40

15:41.27

Maggie Montoya

27

Longmont, Colo.

15:51

15:25.81

Kathryn Munks

23

Rochester Hills, Mich.

17:26

16:11.25

Grayson Murphy

26

Salt Lake City, Utah

N/A

15:25.84

Lauren Paquette

35

Flagstaff, Ariz.

15:37

15:10.01

Katie Rainsberger

23

Boulder, Colo.

N/A

15:46.12

Natosha Rogers

31

Denver, Colo.

15:39

15:04.95

Danielle Shanahan

27

Flagstaff, Ariz.

16:03

15:17.62

 

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