Kenya’s Edward Cheserek and Mirriam Cherop will be the star attraction at the 2nd edition of the Kalakaua Merrie Mile that will be held on Saturday (9) in Waikiki in Honolulu.
The 23 year-old comes to this race with a personal best of 4:03.29 over the distance that he got at the 2011 New York City One Mile.
Cheserek’s 3:52.01 is the NCAA indoor mile record; his 17 NCAA titles is an NCAA record. The Merrie Mile will be his second road mile and third professional road race. He was 16th in his road mile debut at the New Balance Fifth Avenue Mile on 10 September, 2017.
The field also includes New Zealand’s Nick Willis, who is a two time Olympic medallist in the 1500m and Hamish Carson who is also the 2016 Olympian in 1500m.
Two Americans Mason Ferlic and Will Leer have also been lined up to battle for honors.
In the women’s race 2016 Africa cross junior gold medallist champion, Cherop will be targeting for glory after a superb run at the recent Athletics Kenya Sotik Cross Country meeting where she defended her title in the 6km Junior race beating her closest opponent the World U18 bronze medallist Ednah Jebitok in 18:18.97 and 18:34.95 respectively.
Another title contender is Nicole Sifuentes who placed second at the 2016 Merrie Mile, and Katrina Coogan who was the 2014 Atlantic Region Athlete of the year.
Over 1500 runners will participate and the race is a gender challenge, in which the women get a head start on the men and all fighting for prize money of $3500-1500-1000 for the first three athletes to cross the line.