Saturday, January 13, 2007

More on Tariku

Additional articles have rolled off the press regarding tomorrow's R 'n' R Arizona Marathon. They do make mention of Tariku and it almost sounds like he is considered as the favorite to win. I did get the chance to speak to Tariku several times from Arizona, and earlier this evening I have passed good wishes for the race. Incidentally, I am quite impressed with the organizers of the race as they seem to be taking good care of the athletes. In particular, Mr. Mike Long, who is the elite athlete coordinator, has been very helpful in establishing contact with Tariku.

If anyone in the Phoenix area can provide updates from local news outlets as the race progresses, it will be greatly appreciated. Please send e-mail to
roocha2@gmail.com.

The race will be televised at a later date as follows:

The 2007 P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon will be televised locally on FOX Channel 10, and nationally on FOX Sports Net. Times and dates are subject to change so please check your local listings.
National Broadcast on Fox Sports: January 27th at 6:00pm MST*
Local Broadcast on Fox Channel 10: Sunday, January 28th at 3:00 pm MST

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Indeed we are all exctied, ready, and waiting for Tariku's debut shotgun marathon start and follow him live through his 10K, Half, 20Mi and Finish. http://www.runraceresults.com/RnRAZ/RunnersWindow.asp

You got it Gobez, we're cheering for you!

roocha said...

Thanks anonymous for the link. I guess the live update is as good as it will get. Looks good so far. Race got underway on time at 7:40:36 MST.

roocha said...

They did not update the 10K split but half-marathon time is there. It looks like a pack of runners passed the half marathon together at 1:05:46 which would project a finish time around 2:10:30 if they run a negative split (second half faster than the first). In the pack is Shimelis Mola, Terefae Yae, Assefa Mezgebu, Habte Jifar, Girma Tola... but Tariku is not in that group. He passed the half marathon at 1:08 which is 2+ min behind the leaders. His projected finish is in the 2:15 range. It will be nearly impossible to close such a big gap in the remaining half unless all the leaders are currently running well beyond themselves. It is curious that the past winners who ran 2:12 and 2:13 marathons are now on a 2:10 pace and the weather is quite cold. It will be interesting to see if their calculation was right or if they have run the first half too fast.

roocha said...

In the women's race, Adanech Zekiros passed the half-marathon mark first at 1:13:39, with Mulu Seboka with only 8 seconds behind her. Shitaye Gemechu, winner of this race for the past three years, is off pace and well behind the leaders crossing the half way mark at 1:16:10. Again, one has to wonder if the cold weather is having an effect on some of these runners and if the leaders at the half can maintain their pace to the finish.

roocha said...

20 mile split did not come up either. The men should be within a mile of the finish at this time...

roocha said...

Both the men and women winners have surely crossed the finish line by now but we are not getting any updated results. For whatever reason, the system has not worked well. I will update as soon as I get results.

roocha said...

Results are slow to come by but the men winner was Terefae Yae (runner up in 2006 and champion in 2005) clocked at 2:14:13. The winner of the women's race is Adanech Zekiros timed at 2:31:43. The temperature at the start of the race was the coldest Phoenix had experienced in the last sixteen years. Obviously the weather was a big factor in the race and as I had suspected the leaders at the half-way mark could not maintain the pace in the second half. While such races normally record a faster second half than the first, Terefae Yae was four minute slower in the second half than the first. Nonetheless, I think he raced perfectly given the conditions because he was right at front at half-way and still managed to get the win at the end. Obviously his knowledge of the race course was a big plus for him. The organizers did not get the course record they wanted, instead they got cold weather record. As for Tariku, he finished 11th (award money was 10 deep so unfortunately he finished just out of the money) with a time of 2:23:24. I spoke to him earlier this afternoon. He got a bad cramp on his right calf at 5K mark and decided that he was still going to finish the race. I suspect that the cold weather is the cause for the cramp that he had to battle through all the way. Obviously it is not the relult he expected and he is disappointed but he says it is an experience he will learn from and will bounce back from it. Considering all the things he has gone through to ge to this point, I have no reason to doubt that he will have a better result in the not too distant future.

Anonymous said...

We will be watching out for Tariku. He is only 24 years old and, barring injuries, he has another 10 years before he reaches his prime.

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