After tying the knot with their respective wives this fall, Nike Oregon Project members Galen Rupp and Alan Webb have both been back at training and ready to test their fitness at Thursday’s sixth annual Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot in San Jose, Calif.
Coach Alberto Salazar has bumped up Rupp’s mileage after studying last summer’s training logs and realizing Rupp had tapered his mileage down too much in preparation for races. “The first test was to run a high-quality race; that is why [San Jose] appealed to us,” Salazar told Elliott Almond of the San Jose Mercury News. “We want to see how he adapts to that.”
Coming off two injury plagued seasons, Webb competed in a few of later European meets, highlighted by a 3:36.21 1500m race in Milan, Italy. The American record holder in the mile is looking to build upon the recent successes with a berth to the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea as the ultimate goal.
The gun will go off for the elite races at 10 am for the women and 10:30 am for the men. There is a $12,100 purse and a $5000 bonus if the American record is broken. Former Texas Tech All-American Sally Kipyego was the women’s winner in 2009 in a time of 15:41 while Julius Kogo took the men’s title in 13:39.
To read Almond’s full piece on the race, please click here.
Spiked Up, Psyched Up will be live at the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot to cover the elite races.