2007 Carlsbad 5000

Defending women’s champion Meseret Defar came up a bit short in her attempt to break her world best time for 5K at the 2007 Carlsbad 5000. Nevertheless, Defar became the first woman to successfully defend her Carlsbad 5000 Invitational crown. In a scene reminiscent of Frank Shorter’s 1972 Olympic Marathon finish, an invited runner from Kenya who had fallen behind the pack mistakenly cut the course, and wound up crossing the finish line ahead of Defar. In the men’s masters race, former multiple world record holder Henry Rono, now 55 years-old, continued his comeback from alcoholism, by placing second in his age division.

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Meseret Defar

Click here to view Quest Club photos from the 2007 Carlsbad 5000 and 2007 Junior Carlsbad.

Mary giving the thumbs up

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