The 2009 National Marathon Elite Field

Which runners are the cream of the crop at the 2009 SunTrust National Marathon? Find out who to watch by clicking here.

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Which runners are the cream of the crop at the 2009 SunTrust National Marathon? We've focused our sights on the top competitors.
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Charles Bedley (Toronto, Canada) is a rising star in the ranks of North American runners. He stormed onto the scene with a 3rd place at the Cal International in 2007.
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David Cheromei (Lynchburg, Va.) was a highly decorated distance runner at Virginia Intermont. He is in his second year on the Liberty College cross country/track and field coaching staff.
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Michaela Driscoll (Coventry, R.I.) finished 6th at the 2008 Vermont City Marathon. She is the head coach of the Coventry HS girls CC team and is a 9th-grade biology and general science teacher.
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Susan Graham-Gray (Greencastle, Pa.) suffers from Stargardt's Disease. She is the only legally blind athlete to ever qualify for, compete in and complete the Women's U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.
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Meredith Lambert (Philadelphia) was a high school state champ and an NCAA qualifier at Princeton. She finished 80th overall at the 2008 Women's Olympic Marathon Team Trials.
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David Mosop (Kenya) made his marathon debut in 10th at the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon in 2008. He was a potato seller and farmer until 2006 when he started to train full-time at the age of 28.
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Patrick Moulton (Providence, R.I.) is a former All-Big East runner who qualified for the 2008 Men's Olympic Marathon Team Trials. He placed an impressive 28th overall at the Trials in New York City.
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Terrance Shea (Boston) is a former D.C. resident who finished 2nd in the 2004 Marine Corps Marathon. He was a team captain while attending Bucknell University.
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Michael Wardian (Arlington, Va.) is the defending 3-time champion of the National Marathon. He holds the course record (2:24:59). His day job is "international ship broker."
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Kelly Chin (New York City) ran track and cross country at Carnegie Mellon Univ. When she's not training, she works full-time as a business analyst for Lehman Brothers.
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Abby Dean (Philadelphia) returned to running in 2005 after 3 hip surgeries in 2 years, was named the 2007 Mid-Atl. USATF Long Distance ROY and finished an impressive 28th at the 2008 Marathon Olympic Trials.
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Jaron Hawkins (Frostburg, Md.) finished 3rd in the 2007 Marine Corps Marathon and 4th in 2008. He's a geographic information systems specialist for the Maryland Bureau of Mines.
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John Henwood (New York City) was a New Zealand Olympian (2004) over 10,000m's, finished 21st in the New York Marathon last year and 13th in 2005 in his PR of 2:15.
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David Hryvniak (Christiansburg, Va.) finished 4th at the Virginia 10-Miler and 10th in the Phila. Half-Marathon. He's a second-year med student who recently took a medical mission to Honduras to provide free care.
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Katarina Janosikova (New York City) was the top NY female finisher at the 2008 ING NYC Marathon. It was her debut marathon. She is coached by New Zealand Olympian John Henwood.
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Phebe Ko (Baltimore) finished 2nd in the 2007 National Half Marathon. Since moving up to marathon in 2006, she has run a PR in 3 of 4 attempts.
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Carolyne Komen (Kenya) is a young talent looking to make her international half-marathon debut. She was a standout 800m runner through secondary school in Kenya.
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Gurmessa Megerssa (Bronx, N.Y.) was the inaugural champion of the 2006 National Marathon and finished second at the 2007 Greater Hartford Marathon.
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Christopher Raabe (Washington, D.C.) won the 2007 National Half Marathon and was runner-up in 2008. He exploded onto the marathon scene with a 16th place at the 2008 Men's Olympic Marathon Team Trials.
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Briana Whaley (Culpeper, Va.) is a chaplain at Lakewood Manor Retirement Community when she's not training for the next U.S. Olympic trials.
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