By Chris Chavez
September 12, 2023
Team USA has been announced for the inaugural World Athletics Road Running Championships Riga 23 on October 1 in Riga, Latvia.
Here’s what you need to know:
– The following athletes have been entered. The max quota for each event is two competitors per country in the mile and 5K and four in the half.
– WOMEN: Helen Schlachtenhaufen, who finished sixth at the U.S. Outdoor 1500m final, is headed to her first global championship. She owns a mile personal best of 4:23.94 from this year’s Millrose Games in February. Huntington University’s Addy Wiley is coming off a 3:59.17 for 1500m at the Brussels Diamond League and a 1:57.64 for 800m in Switzerland just days earlier. At 19 years old, this will be her first senior U.S. team. She was fifth at the U.S. Outdoor Championships 1500m final.
– MEN: Sam Prakel, whose 4:01.21 from the U.S. Road Mile Championships in April is in line to be considered the inaugural world record (pending ratification which includes doping control and shoe compliance by World Athletics), is set to compete after running 3:50.5 for a sixth place finish at the Fifth Avenue Mile. Hobbs Kessler will represent the U.S. at a global championship for the first time at 20 years old.
– WOMEN: Weini Kelati will represent the United States at a global championship for the second time this year after competing at the World Cross Country Championships. She ran a personal best of 14:53.41 at the On Track Nights: London event in June before finishing 8th at the U.S. Outdoor Championships 5000m final and fourth in the 10,000m final. Fiona O’Keefe, who missed the U.S. Championships due to injury, will run in a U.S. kit for the first time after strong performances this summer at Beach To Beacon and the Falmouth Road Race.
– MEN: Northern Arizona Elite’s Ahmed Muhumed and Olin Hacker will handle the 5K duties. Muhumed was sixth in the U.S. Outdoor Championships 5000m final and owns a personal best of 13:16.09. Hacker, the 2022 NCAA outdoor 5000m champion, finished right behind him at USAs but then clocked a big 13:09.94 personal best in Huesden a few weeks later.
– WOMEN: Former U.S. half marathon record holder Sara Hall (1:07:15 PB) headlines the American squad racing the half marathon. Hall will be joined on the team by Sarah Pagano (1:09:41 PB), Molly Grabill (1:10:43 PB) and Amber Zimmerman (1:10:55 PB)
– MEN: Reed Fischer (1:01:37 PB), Jacob Thomson (1:02:38 PB), Biya Simbassa (1:00:37 PB) and Futsum Zienaselassie (1:01:21 PB) will run the half marathon as they also prepare for the upcoming U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials next February.
All six championship races will be contested on Sunday, Oct. 1.
The schedule is:
- Women’s 5K (4:50 a.m. ET)
- Men’s 5K (5:15 a.m. ET)
- Women’s mile (6 a.m. ET)
- Men’s mile (6:10 a.m.)
- Women’s half marathon (6:30 a.m. ET)
- Men’s half marathon (7:15 a.m. ET)
We will update this post with broadcast information when it becomes available.
Chris Chavez launched CITIUS MAG in 2016 as a passion project while working full-time for Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and grew his humble blog into a multi-pronged media company. He completed all six World Marathon Majors and is an aspiring sub-five-minute miler.