The Applied Material Silicon Valley Turkey Trot Elite 5k Welcomes Olympians and Top International Athletes

November 16th, 2018

The Applied Material Silicon Valley Turkey Trot Elite 5k Welcomes Olympians and Top International Athletes

Two-Time U.S. Olympian Shannon Rowbury set to make debut as a new mom

San Jose, CA – The Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot produced by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group announced full fields today for both their women’s elite 5k presented by Silicon Valley Bank and their men’s elite 5k presented by Juniper Networks. Athletes will contend for more than $24,000 in prize money and potential bonuses.

On the women’s side Shannon Rowbury will be running in her first professional race since giving birth to a baby girl in June. “I’m excited to test my fitness and to fine tune my racing routine as a new mom,” stated Rowbury. “Motherhood has been a life-changing experience, but I am ready to start competing again and I’m excited to share my passion for running with my little girl. Hopefully this is the beginning of the road to my 4th Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.” The American & World record holder will be joined and challenged by fellow Olympian, Violah Lagat of Kenya. Lagat boasts PRs of 15:35 (Road 5k) and 4:04.10 for 1500m. Canada will be well represented by numerous athletes, but led by Rachel Cliff. Cliff boasts a 5k PR of 15:22 and is coming off her debut in the marathon with a solid 2:28:53. Emily Lipari finished 3rd in this event last year and recently won a hotly contested road mile in Las Vegas. Full fields listed below.

The men’s field is highlighted by Sgt. Evans Kirwa representing the U.S. Army’s WCAP program. Kirwa has had a very strong fall racing season and is looking to continue his streak of personal bests at the 5k distance. Kirwa will be joined by his WCAP teammate, Josef Tessima who recently won the Inaugural Navy Road Mile. U.S. 1500m specialist Pat Casey (3:52 mile) will join the Army athletes along with numerous strong runners from Canada and Kenya.

Race Founder and Executive Director, Carl Guardino shared his excitement for the event. “I’m extremely proud to host this year’s elite athlete field in Silicon Valley. While we expect over 25,000 runners at the largest timed Turkey Trot in the U.S., it brings me joy to also bring in some of the world’s fastest athletes on Thanksgiving Day.”

Full Women’s Field

Athlete Country 5k Personal Best
Shannon Rowbury USA 14:38 (track) 15:36 (road)
Rachel Cliff CANADA 15:20
Amy Van Alstine USA 15:22
Violah Lagat Kenya 15:35 (road)
Rachel Johnson USA 15:39
Claire Green USA 15:45
Erica Digby CANADA 15:50
Marisa Howard USA 15:54
Eleanor Fulton USA 16:00
Emily Lipari USA 16:04 (road)
Rochelle Lynn Kanuho USA 16:05 (road)
Susan Tenui Jebet Kenya NT
Nikki Hiltz USA NT

Full Men’s Field

Sam Parsons USA 13:29
Jordan Gusman AUSTRALIA 13:35
Brian Barraza USA 13:38
Diego Leon USA 13:39
Phil Reid USA 13:39
Adam Visokay USA 13:41
Edwin Kibichiy KENYA 13:42 (indoor)
Pat Casey USA 13:50 (road)
Kyle Medina USA 13:54
Rob Denault CANADA 13:57
Dylan Shawhan USA 13:58
Will Geiken USA 13:59
Evans Kirwa USA 14:02
Eric Avila USA NT
Josef Tessima USA NT

14th Annual Silicon Valley Turkey Trot – Founded and produced by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot is the largest timed Thanksgiving run in the US; an event that has become a tradition in Silicon Valley. More than 25,000 community members participate in this annual event and have raised $7.8 million in 13 years. Everyone is welcome. From family-friendly fun runs/walks, to honoring our policemen, firefighters, military and veterans; this race captures the essence of what Thanksgiving is all about. Come celebrate the 14th annual Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot on November 22 (Thanksgiving morning) and help reach the goal of $1 million for local charities. For more information and to register, please visit: http://svturkeytrot.com/

Applied Material Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

The Applied Material Silicon Valley Turkey Trot Elite 5k Welcomes Olympians and Top International Athletes

Contact Info

Kimberly Ellis
408-501-7853
kellis@svlg.org
www.svturkeytrot.com

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