||Abdi Abdirahman is a 2-time US Olympian in the 10,000 meters, who has
also won the US title at that distance twice, as well as the 10-mile
road title in 2005. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1999,
where he won numerous Pac-10 and NCAA awards. Abdi recently debuted in
the marathon, and he set a PR in October 2006 at the Chicago Marathon,
with a 2:08:56.
||Alan Culpepper has been one of America’s most consistent runners over the last decade, representing the US at both the 2000 and 2004 Olympics and winning a variety of titles at different distances. After growing up in Texas and graduating from the University of Colorado in 1996, Alan won 10,000-meter national championships in 1999 and 2003, the 5000-meter championship in 2002, and the US 12-km cross-country championship in 1999 and 2003. He also won the 2004 Olympic trials in the marathon, and finished 12th at the Athens Games. He is married to fellow Olympian Shayne Culpepper, with whom he’s had two children.
||Meb Keflezighi is the reigning Olympic silver medalist in the marathon,
as his run at the 2004 Athens games made him the first American man
since 1976 to place in the top 3 in the marathon. He has previously won
a long list of US championships, including 2 in cross country, 3 at
10,000-meter track, and 4 at 15-km road. Meb possesses an inspiring life
story, having immigrated to the US with his family from war-torn Eritrea
(after a short stay in Italy) in 1987. After a successful prep career,
he attended UCLA, where he also won 4 NCAA titles.
||Dathan Ritzenhein won national cross-country championships in both college and high school. He also qualified for the 2004 US Olympic team that competed in Athens. With a victory at the 2005 Reebok Cross-Country Challenge in Ireland and a third-place finish at the 2001 World Junior Cross-Country Championships, he’s stamped himself a legitimate contender on the global stage. Dathan ran one of the fastest half-marathon debuts in history in 2006 with his 61:23, and goes into the 2007 season with high expectations.
||Jorge Torres is the reigning US 10,000-meter champion. He graduated from
the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2003, and won the NCAA
cross-country championship while there. Before that, while growing up in
Illinois, he became the first boy ever to qualify for 4 straight
national (FootLocker) cross-country championships, and he won the title
in 1998. Jorge now lives and trains in Colorado as part of the Boulder
Performance Training Group.