Austin Marathon Continues to Build Elite Field; Women’s Field Likely Best in Years

The Austin Marathon, set for February 17, 2019, recently announced the third round of elite athletes on the roster, and it’s looking like it will be quite a competitive race. In particular, the women’s field looks to be the deepest in years. Three more sub-three-hour marathoners have joined their ranks.

Heather Lieberg is quite accomplished. An Olympic Trials qualifier, she ran 2:40:38 at the 2017 California International Marathon. Now 39, Lieberg, who has a swift PR of 2:34:09, has proven to be quite a consistent marathoner. In March, the mother of three and 2nd grade teacher from Montana ran 2:38:29 at the LA Marathon and last October posted a 2:42:04 at the Twin Cities Marathon last October. Look for her to be in the lead pack of women for sure.

Look for Heather Lieberg at the front of a deep women’s field.

Carter Norbo ran a 2:48:35 at the 2017 Marathon, her PR so far. At 29, she still has plenty of time to improve on that. Like Lieberg, she’s consistent—she ran a 2:49:08 at last year’s Chevron Houston Marathon, the 28th fastest women’s marathon in Texas for 2018.

Alexandra Conway, 25 ran 2:51:39 last October to place fourth at the Hartford Marathon and is looking for a podium spot in Austin. Two other sub-three women signed up include Anita Perez, who clocked a 2:39:33 last June at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials and Beth Marzigliano, who clocked a 2:58:58 for third place at the Run for the Red Marathon.

Austin’s Allison Macsas, the 2018 Austin Marathon champ who just posted a 2:40 :17 at the California International Marathon a few weeks ago, said she’ll decide whether to defend her title or not next week.

In the men’s field Mizael Carrera (2:19:29 at the 2017 New York Marathon) and Sphamandla Nyembe, the 2017 Woodlands Marathon Champ (2:21:26) will join Daniel Bishop (2:26:27at last year’s Austin Marathon and Jameson Mora, a 2020 Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifier who boasts a 2:15:44 PR.

The total prize purse for the marathon is $15,000, divided equally between men and women as follows:1st place – $3000: 2nd – $2250; 3rd – $1200; 4th – $675; and 5th – $375.

Upcoming races: Sunday December 30, at 7:30 a.m., the Rockin’ Resolution 5K, 10 Mile and 20 Mile races at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock.  Tuesday, January 1 at 9:00 a.m., the Kickin’ It 5K at Wallace Middle School, 1500 Center Street in Kyle. Saturday, January 5 at 8:00 a.m., the River Road 5K, 10K and Half Marathon at Anytime Fitness, 1175 FM 2673 #8 Canyon Lake.

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