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Obiri, Sisson To Face Off in ASICS Falmouth Road Race

Gold Medalist Matt Centrowitz to Make Debut in Falmouth Elite Mile 

FALMOUTH, Mass. – Two high-profile and highly-competitive women in distance running will headline the international elite field at next week’s ASICS Falmouth Road Race. Hellen Obiri and Emily Sisson, both making their Falmouth debut, will face off on the roads for the third time this year when they line up for the seven-mile race on Sunday, Aug. 20.

This year, Obiri has won half marathons in the United Arab Emirates and New York City before winning the Boston Marathon in April. Since her Boston victory, Obiri has also won the B.A.A 10K and was runner-up in the Mastercard New York Mini 10K. Last weekend, she won the Beach to Beacon 10K in Maine.

“The roads and the people of Massachusetts have been good to me so far this year,” said Obiri, a two-time world champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist for Kenya. “I know it will not be easy, but I hope I can keep my record going. It will be nice to test myself before I get back into my preparations for an autumn marathon.”
 
For Sisson, Falmouth is part of the build up to this fall’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon where she will attempt to lower her own American record of 2:18:29 in the event. This past January, she also set the American record in the half-marathon (since broken by Kiera D’Amato) and won the USATF 15km title for the third consecutive year.

“I have not had the chance to race Falmouth before, but I have wanted to ever since I started spending summers in New England,” said Sisson, a graduate of Providence College. “I’m excited for my first Falmouth Road Race to be in the build up to Chicago. I cannot wait to line up in a few weeks time!”

Other top contenders include 2021 Falmouth champion and last year’s runner-up Edna Kiplagat, U.S. 5K Champion Weini Kelati and reigning U.S. 10 Mile champion Fiona O’Keeffe.

Fresh off a victory at last week’s Beach to Beacon 10K in Maine, Addisu Yihune will attempt back-to-back New England wins. The 20-year-old Ethiopian leads the men’s field. 

Last year’s third place finisher, David Bett is returning in 2023. Other contenders include 2022 Los Angeles Marathon champion John Korir, two-time Pittsburgh Half Marathon winner Wesley Kiptoo and 2019 NCAA Cross Country Champion Edwin Kurgat.

In the Wheelchair Division, sponsored by Spaulding Rehabilitation, Daniel Romachuk, who set the course record in 2019, will chase his fifth Falmouth win. He championed last year’s race by three and a half minutes over Hermin Garic, the 2021 Falmouth winner who is also returning this year.  

In the women's race, 2022 champion and course record holder Susannah Scaroni will defend her title. Scaroni has dominated the road circuit in 2023 winning the Boston Marathon, New York Mini 10K and AJC Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta. Scaroni will face 2021 women’s champion Emelia Perry and 2022 third place finisher Yen Hoang who won the B.A.A. 10K earlier this year.

The 51st running of the ASICS Falmouth Road Race is the culmination of an entire weekend of running that kicks off with the Falmouth Elite Mile, held this year on Friday evening for the first time. The women’s field is led by former Oregon standout Susan Ejore of Kenya and three-time NCAA Champion Dani Jones. It also includes Belmont, Massachusetts high school phenom Ellie Shea.

The men’s race will welcome the deepest men’s field in its history. Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz will make his first trip to Falmouth to toe the start line with some of the nation’s top middle-distance runners. Past winner Craig Engels also returns this year as does Seekonk, MA native Johnny Gregorek, a World Championship qualifier who won the Guardian Mile in Cleveland last month and Vince Ciattei who won last weekend’s Beale Street Mile in Memphis.

In the Wheelchair division, both Romanchuk and Garic will also compete as will Scaroni, Perry and Hoang in the women’s race.

“From the track to the roads, there is going to be exciting racing to witness all weekend in Falmouth,” said Jennifer Edwards, Executive Director of Falmouth Road Race, Inc. “It’s an honor to welcome so many legends and future legends of the sport who will lead our field of 10,000 to the finish line.”

The Falmouth Track Festival which includes the Falmouth Elite Mile will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18 at Falmouth High School. The ASICS Falmouth Road Race gets underway at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20 with athletes running the traditional course starting in Woods Hole and ending at Falmouth Heights Beach.

For more information about the ASICS Falmouth Road Race, visit www.falmouthroadrace.com and follow the event on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.


ASICS Falmouth Road Race Women’s Elite Field 

  • Bridget Belyeu USA
  • Jessica Broderick USA
  • Marybeth Chelanga USA
  • Victoy Chepngeno KEN
  • Buze Diriba ETH
  • Jacqueline Gaughin USA
  • Elena Hayday USA
  • Emma Grace Hurley USA
  • Momoka Kawaguchi JAP
  • Weini Kelati USA
  • Everlyn Kemboi USA
  • Edna Kiplagat KEN
  • Kim Kreznoski CAN
  • Michelle Kreznoski CAN 
  • Cynthia Limo KEN
  • Sophien Murray IRL
  • Fiona O'Keeffe USA
  • Hellen Obiri KEN
  • Bethany Sachtleben USA
  • Andrea Seccafien CAN
  • Emily Sisson USA
  • Betsy Suda USA
  • Taylor Werner USA
  • Michaela Wood USA
  • Yumi Yoshikawa JAP

ASICS Falmouth Road Race Men’s Elite Field

  • Andy Bayer USA
  • Zack Beavin USA
  • Joey Berritua USA
  • David Bett KEN
  • Sam Chelanga USA
  • Craig Curley USA
  • Patrick Diver USA
  • Ehab El Sandali CAN
  • Kirubel Erassa USA
  • Yemane Haileselassie ERI
  • Wesley Kiptoo Kiptoo KEN
  • John Korir Korir KEN
  • Edwin Kurgat KEN
  • Tim McGowan USA
  • Clint Mckelvey USA
  • Amanuel Mesel ERI
  • Ahmed Muhamed USA
  • Kaisei Sugiyama JAP
  • Haruto Wakabayashi JAP
  • Antonio Wilson USA
  • Conner Winter USA
  • Adam Wood USA
  • Addisu Yihune ETH
  • Clayton Young USA

ASICS Falmouth Road Race Women’s Wheelchair Division

  • Hannah Babalola NGA
  • Jenna Fesemyer USA
  • Yen Hoang USA
  • Emelia Perry USA
  • Susannah Scaroni USA
  • Madelyn Wilson USA

ASICS Falmouth Road Race Men’s Wheelchair Division 

  • Raphael Botsoyo GHA
  • Gary Brendel USA
  • Robert Costa USA
  • Matt Davis USA
  • Ulysses Elijah USA
  • Jason Fowler USA
  • Hermin Garic USA
  • Miguel Jimenez Vergara USA
  • Will Lehr USA
  • Delmace Mayo USA
  • Tony Nogueira USA/POR
  • Michael Olsen USA
  • Daniel Romanchuk USA
  • Krige Schabort USA

Falmouth Elite Mile Women’s Field 

  • Laurie Barton USA
  • Maddy Berkson USA
  • Allie Buchalski USA
  • Micaela DeGenero USA
  • Ella Donaghu USA
  • Susan Ejore KEN
  • Katie Izzo USA
  • Dani Jones USA
  • Michaela Meyer USA
  • Kate Mitchell USA
  • Helen Schlachtenhaufen USA
  • Kristie Schoffield USA
  • Ellie Shea USA
  • Katie Wasserman USA

Falmouth Elite Mile Men’s Field

  • Jack Anstey USA
  • Matthew Centrowitz USA
  • Vince Ciattei USA
  • Austen Dalquist USA
  • Craig Engels USA
  • Johnny Gregorek USA
  • Ollin Hacker USA
  • Drew Hunter USA
  • Amon Kemboi KEN
  • Festus Lagat KEN
  • Thomas Ratcliffe USA
  • David Ribich USA
  • Paul Ryan USA
  • Josh Thompson USA
  • Henry Wynne USA

Falmouth Elite Mile Women’s Wheelchair Division

  • Susannah Scaroni USA
  • Yen Hoang USA
  • Hannah Babalola NGR
  • Emelia Perry USA

Falmouth Elite Mile Men’s Wheelchair Division

  • Daniel Romanchuk USA
  • Hermin Garic USA
  • Delmace Mayo USA
  • Miguel Jimenez Vergara USA

ABOUT THE ASICS FALMOUTH ROAD RACE, INC.
The Falmouth Road Race was established in 1973 and has become one of the premier running events of the summer season. Each year the race draws an international field of Olympians, elite athletes, and recreational runners to enjoy the iconic 7-mile seaside course. The nonprofit Falmouth Road Race organization is committed to promoting health and fitness through community programs and philanthropic giving.

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