Saturday, July 3, 2010

Ed Moran: "13:20 no longer means anything"

Source: Runner's World
Ed Moran, who was second to Galen Rupp in the 10,000 last week's USATF Championships in Des Moines, is in the USA 10km Championships which are being held at the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta on Sunday. Moran, 29, has a personal best of 27:43.13 for 10,000 meters on the track and has run 13:20.35 for 5000 meters. He was the 2007 Pan American Games gold medalist in the 5000. He was fifth in the 5000 at the 2007 USA Championships, fourth in the 10,000 at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, and fifth in the 10,000 at the 2009 USA Championships. He's been a member of two U.S. teams at the World Cross Country Championships. Moran attended the College of William & Mary and went on to obtain a masters degree in public policy at the school, where he's also been an assistant coach for men's and women's cross country and track teams. Earlier in 2010, he took second in the 5000 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford in 13:33.85 and was ninth in the Healthy Kidney 10K in New York's Central Park in 28:39.

Fifty-five thousand people do the Peachtree Road Race. Can you give us some idea of what that experience is like? It must be the biggest and most boisterous race you do.
Ed Moran: It's definitely exciting. It kind of puts the roadracing into perspective, in that you're lining up with 55,000 people. The day before, you go out and do your pre-race on the course and if you have the opportunity, you run back through where everyone else starts, and the starting line is a quarter or a half-mile long and it really puts into perspective how large of an event it is. And on the other end, you finish in the park in downtown Atlanta and people are coming in for hours. Like you go into drug-testing, you're there for an hour or an hour and a half, you come out and people are still coming. You go back to your hotel and people are still finishing. It's a fun and exciting event to be part of with that many people of all abilities and levels.

I don't know how early you get into Atlanta, but do you really get the sense that it's an event that takes over the city?