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Charles Philibert-Thiboutot to run Track Meet, an elite 5,000m

Track Meet is an elite 5,000m and 10,000m event set to be held this December, featuring a who's who of American distance runners

Philibert-Thiboutot

Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, Olympian in the 1,500m, has two upcoming races on the calendar. The middle-distance runner is moving on up and running his 10,000m debut in Vancouver on November 21 and a 5,000m a few days later, on December 5, in California. Track Meet, as the Cali race is called, will feature a who’s who of American mid- to long-distance runners – and Philibert-Thiboutot, the lone Canadian. 

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The men’s start list

Both the men’s and women’s events are truly stacked. The men’s lineup includes 2:09 marathoner Scott Fauble, Olympic steeplechase finalist Hilary Bor, Olympic 1,500m finalist Ben Blankenship, 17-time NCAA champion Edward Cheserek and reigning NCAA 5,000m champion Morgan McDonald

Drew Hunter
Ben Blankenship
Eric Jenkins
Hassan Mead
Atsede Baysa
Josh Kerr
Henry Wynne
Izaic Yorks
Lawi Lalang
Scott Fauble
Kirubel Errassa
Futsum Zienasellassie
Garrett Heath
Patrick Tiernan
Frank Lara
Carlos Villareal
Obsa Ali
Tyler Day
Joe Klecker
August Maiyo
Hilary Bor
Sam Parsons
Reid Buchanan
Josef Tessema
Elvin Kibet
Charles Philibert-Thibouot
Clayton Young
Edward Cheserek
Sam Atkin
Morgan McDonald

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The women’s start list

In the women’s race, there are marathoners racing 1,500m runners – which always makes for a fun event. The event will see Olympic marathon qualifier Molly Seidel square off against 1:08 half-marathoner Kiera D’Amato, three-time NCAA steeplechase champion Allie Ostrander and 2:27 marathoner Steph Bruce

Stephanie Bruce
Kellyn Taylor
Lauren Paquette
Karissa Nelson
Allie Ostrander
Elly Henes
Sarah Pagano
Laura Thweatt
Laura Galvan
Maggie Montoya
Emily Lipari
Molly Seidel
Heidi See
Brenda Flores
Alia Gray
Sarah Pease
Elaina Tabb
Weini Kilati
Anna Rohrer
Dana Giordano
Stephanie Garcia
Amanda Eccelston
Rachel Schneider
Sharon Lodeki
Alicia Monson
Kiera D’Amato
Leah Falland
Katie Izzo

Olympic window reopens December 1

As of December 1, the Olympic qualification period will be open again, meaning that runners’ times will once again count toward achieving standard and improving their world ranking. While marathoners and race walkers have been able to achieve standard since September, track runners have had to wait it out until the winter. Through the colder months, many Canadians will likely make their way south to participate in an outdoor season, when they would typically be running indoors. Track Meet is the first of (what will likely be) many wintertime outdoor meets. 

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