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Buffalo Subaru Chase brings in the elites

It's another impressive field among the elites for the 38th annual Buffalo Subaru Chase. The annual event will be held in the Elmwood Village on Friday night with the four-mile race beginning at 7 p.m.

On the women's side, Rochester native Kathryn Potter is scheduled to run. In 2017 she took second at the Subaru Chase while winning the East Ave. Grocery Run in her hometown. She also was the second-place finisher at the 2017 Wineglass Half Marathon in Corning.

Five Kenyans are registered to run, including Brilliant Jepkorir Kipkoech, who is making her U.S. debut at the race. The 23-year old was on maternity leave from the sport from 2013 to 2016, but made a splash in her return in 2017, winning the Valladolid 10K in Spain.

Margaret Wamahiga has won 15 road races in her career and has three on her resume this year – the Cotton Row 10K in Huntsville, Ala., the Alsterlauf 10K in Germany, and the Reeds Lake 10K in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Josephine Wanjiku was a member of the Kenyan Elite Team at the Bolder Boulder International Team Event this year while also winning the 10K at the Cleveland Marathon and the Mucnongot 15K in Kenya.

Vicoty Chepngeno is coming off a third-place finish at the Utica Boilermaker.

Canadian Liodmila Kortchagui is a five-time Canadian marathon champion and a three-time masters champ at the Subaru Chase, winning in 2014, 2015 and 2016 while coming in second last year.

On the men's side, Peter Sherry had to withdraw from the race after injuring his ankle last weekend. Sherry, 49, from Great Falls, Va., holds the U.S. Subaru Course record set in 1992 with a time of 18:00.

Three Americans will look to challenge that mark including Patrick Geoghegan of Portland, Ore., who was the top U.S. finisher at the race in 2014. Grant Fisher of Ft. Collins, Colo., was a member of the Colorado State track team, winning the Mountain West Conference outdoor 5K and placing second in the 10K this year.

Rochester native Mark Andrews, 47, will look to defend his title in the master's division. He won last year in a time of 21:05. Earlier this year he won the Fast and Furriest 10K in Rochester.

Speaking of Rochester, that's where Morocco native Omar Boulama makes his current home. He finished fourth in last year's field.

Three Kenyans have entered including Cleophas Ngetich, who in 2014 ran the sixth fastest 5K time in the world (13:31). Julius Kiptoo is coming off a fourth-place masters finish at the Utica Boilermaker while Kiprop Mutai was third at the Cotton Row 10K in Huntsville, Ala., and first at the Dexter-Ann Arbor Half Marathon this year.

Prize money in the open division goes three deep with the winner receiving $1,000 followed by $500 and $300 prizes. In the masters divisions prize money is $550, $250 and $100 while the top three American finishers earn $600, $350 and $150.

The top local male and female finishers receive $50.

The bonus for setting a course record is $750 for masters and $500 for the open and U.S. divisions.

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