A huge field of 27 elite men, 14 of whom have run faster than 30minutes for 10km, will fight it out for line honours in this Sunday's Bank of us Run The Bridge.
The 10th edition of the event will once again carry $3000 for first prize, plus a $2000 bonus to the first male or female in the 'Battle of the Sexes', with the $5000 first place being the highest bounty of any 10km race in Australia.
Four time winner Liam Adamsreturns, along with Commonwealth Games representative Harry Summersand Gold Coast 10km race record holder Jordan Gusman.
That trio is joined by previously announced stars Brett Robinson, Ben St Laurenceand Dejen Gebreselassie.
A media opportunity will be held today;
Defending champion Liam Adams said he was chomping at the bit to return to the race he's dominated over the years.
"I’m very happy to be returning to The Bank of us Run the Bridge. It’s a picturesque race which always attracts the best runners from around Australia and even international runners too," current Melbourne Marathon champion Liam Adams said.
"It hasn’t been the best lead into the race but I still feel like I can throw in a good challenge. I’m confident that I’ll run quicker than last year so that should put me up close towards the lead," Adams added.
Adams won the first edition of the 'Battle of the Sexes' in 2016 in 29:03, but said the fresh women's course record in 2018 will play to the men's favour in 2019.
"Last years blistering run from Lisa Weightman has made it really tough for the female runners this year. She took a large time of the handicap so it’s really going to favour the guys. There are some females in hot form at the moment so if the guys don’t make it a fast honest race then we won’t catch them.
"It is very hard to predict who will be the first over the line, which is why It’s such great concept and will makes for another exciting finish," Adams said.
Jordan Gusman is getting a reputation for one of Australia's best all round middle distance runners and a giant killer on the roads. Last year he won the Gold Coast 10km, breaking Michael Shelley's course record in 28:42 and has upstaged world class milers in the Mitchell Street Mile in Darwin. This will be his debut road race in Hobart.
"I’ve been strong over the 10km distance the past few years, so racing a quality field like the one put together is exciting. I’ve also had great racing history in Tasmania so I am hoping to continue that streak next weekend. If all goes well I think the record should fall. To who, I’m not quite sure, but I’d love for it to be me. Regardless, it is a great lead in race to the National 5000m Championships the following weekend," Gusman declared.
The full elite men's field is;
Ben St Lawrence - 27:24
Liam Adams - 28:11
Harry Summers - 28:13
Brett Robinson - 28:24
Jordan Gusman - 28:39
Dejen Gebreselassie - 28:58
Hugh Williams - 29:20
Charlie Park - 29:23
Alan Craigie -29:29
Nick Earl - 29:34
Doug Hamerlok - 29:41
Josh Harris - 29:42
David Thomas - 29:43
Bouchaib Chefnaoui - 29:50
Daryl Crook - 30:41
Brian Lyons - 30:57
Sam Clifford - 31:49
Aaron Harvey - 32:31
Thomas Murton - 32:41
Etienne Blumstein-Jones - 33:12
Brian Tuit - 33:30
Anthony Gangell - 33:34
Thomas Wilson - 33:41
Brad Taylor - 33:46
Sam Morey - 33:48
Clive Reekie - 34:09
Nathan McLachlan - 35:00
View the official Event Booklet online here.
The Bank of us Run The Bridge is on Sunday 17th February in Hobart and includes the following events;
Online entries are open until 2pm Saturday at hobartrunthebridge.com.au.