This year’s UAE Healthy Kidney 10K in New York could be the most stacked 10K road race of the year.
The event, put on by the New York Roadrunners, will have its defending champions back—Kenyans Stephen Sambu on the men’s side and Joyce Chepkirui on the women’s side—but they’ll have their work cut out for them if they want to repeat and win the $25,000 first prize.
Sambu particularly has a number of the world’s best runners coming after him. New York City Marathon champion Wilson Kipsang will be there, as well as the current Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa and two-time New York City Marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai. In addition, current NYC Half champion Leonard Korir is racing, as well as Ben True, who’s coming off an American-record 5K performance at the B.A.A. 5K last month.
All but Korir have broken 28 minutes in the 10K on the roads.
On the women’s side, last year’s top three finishers are all back—Chepkirui, Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia and Mary Wacera of Kenya.
Other Americans in the field include four-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman in the men’s race and Lindsey Scherf in the women’s race.
The Healthy Kidney 10K, one of Competitor’s 10 must-do 10Ks, will take place on May 30th in Central Park.