Saturday, March 5, 2011

Brett Gotcher added to 2011 Boston Marathon elite field

By Steve Silva, Staff

American talent Brett Gotcher has been added to the elite field for the 115th running of the Boston Marathon on April 18.

Gotcher ran the fourth fastest American marathon debut in Houston in 2010 and the 2:10:36 he recorded is his personal best. Gotcher represented the United States at the 2009 World Half Marathon Championships and the 2009 World Cross Country Championships.

Accomplished at the national level, Gotcher won the 2009 USATF 20K Championships in 58:57, placed third in the USATF Half Marathon Championships with a personal best 1:02:09, and finished seventh in the USATF Cross Country Championships.

Antonio Vega, the USATF Men’s Long Distance Runner of the Year, has not been able to train properly due to a stress fracture in the pelvis and has withdrawn from this year's race. Vega’s doctors expect the athlete will be back racing in the summer.