Thursday, May 5, 2011

Pro field announced for Healthy Kidney 10k

New York, May 4, 2011-The two fastest men in history at 10K on the road, Kenyans Leonard Patrick Komon and Micah Kogo, will go head-to-head at the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K on Saturday, May 14, in Central Park to compete for a $25,000 first-place prize, the biggest winner's purse at any 10K race in the world, it was announced today by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.

"It should be fast times in Central Park with bragging rights between Leonard and Micah at stake along with the $20,000 Zayed Bonus for beating the Central Park record," said Wittenberg. "Add red hot Bobby Curtis and Ben St. Lawrence and one of our favorites, Abdi Abdirahman, to the field and it promises to be a sizzling run."

Kogo, 24, ran 27 minutes and 1 second at the Parelloop 10K in Brunssum, the Netherlands, in 2009 to claim the world record. Komon, 23, broke that mark in 2010, blazing a 26:44 at the Singelloop 10K in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Both men have broken 27 minutes on the track: Kogo has run 26:35.63 and Komon 26:57.08. The two have gone head-to-head 10 times in their careers, with each defeating the other five times and Komon winning the last four matchups.