SPOKANE -- Bloomsday fans witnessed a dominant performance in the 2012 Men's Elite race. This year is shaping up to be far more competitive, with a stacked field and a clear theme: Champions.
There are a total of three past men's winners in the field. Allan Kiprono won it by 18 seconds last year. Simon Ndirangu, the 2011 champ, is back after skipping 2012. The 2006 winner Gilbert Okari is also in the mix..The field is so talented, that Elite Athlete Coordinator Jon Neill thinks Micah Kogo's record of 33:51 could be in play.
There will be no back-to-back champ in the Women's Elite race, with Mamitu Daska's absence. Misiker Mekonnin is back, with a 2011 crown to her name. Mekonnin placed 9th in 2012. Twenty-year old rookie Alice Kimutai will wear the No. 1 bib as the top seed. American Lindsey Scherf could compete after placing 6th in 2012.
The Wheelchair division will have a major void, with Amanda McGrory out of the field, after winning the last six women's races. That could open the door for Tekoa native Susannah Scaroni to become the 1st local female champion. Spokane's Amber Weber could also be in the mix.
Defending men's champ Scott Parson is back, as two-time winner Aaron Gordian.
KREM-2 will have full coverage of the Bloomsday elite races on KREM 2 News and KREM.com on Sunday.