From the Heps’ alumni wire:
Dartmouth graduate Ben True will join an elite field on the weekend of the ING New York City Marathon to the NYRR’s first Dash to the Finish Line five-kilometer run on Nov. 5, the day before the marathon.
Joining True will be Dathan Ritzenhein, Matt Tegenkamp and Lopez Lamong for the men and Deena Kastor, Magdalena Lewy Boulet, Molly Huddle and Sally Kipyego for the women. True talked about it in a recent interview in Runner’s World, saying:
“I’m assuming it’s slightly similar to the one the Boston Marathon put on last spring. They had a 5k race the day before and they just brought in a lot of people to do a race, a fast 5k, and get the hoopla of the marathon going (True won that B.A.A. 5K). I had a blast doing that. It’s just great to be around one of those large marathons. There’s just so much energy and so much passion about running going on there. I’m guessing that it’s going to be similar to that.”
Next up is Cornell graduate Morgan Uceny, one of eight women on the ballot for the 2011 Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year. There is a pretty tiny window here for the fan vote (so begin a Facebook campaign of your own). You must make your pick by 11:59 pm on Friday, October 21st. (Note: The USATF has now switched this deadline twice. I’d suggest voting earlier than later, because there, again, seems to be a lack of clarity with the governing body.)
The other seven nominees are Jillian Camarena-Williams, Desiree Davila, Lashinda Demus, Allyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter, Brittney Reese and Jenny Simpson. The awards will be presented December 3 at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held in conjunction with USA Track & Field’s 2011 Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Mo. You can vote here.
And finally, one of Uceny’s former teammates at Cornell, quarter-miler Cameron Washington (pictured above with Uceny and Cornell AD Andy Noel), was recently featured in Variety. She is an up-and-coming casting director. “As casting directors, we feel the responsibility that we’re bringing in the next Kate Winslet,” she said. “It’s about going to shows after a long day at work. It’s taking a chance.”