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Posted: May 23, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: 2009 Boston Marathon winner to compete in Ottawa Race Weekend 10k event

Ethiopian confident he can snag world record and $100,000 prize

May 22, 2009, OTTAWA - Fresh off his winning time of 2:08:42 at the 2009 Boston Marathon in April, Ethopian Deriba Merga is taking a shot at beating the world 10k distance record of 27:01 for a $100,000 prize offered at the Ottawa Race Weekend tomorrow.

Deriba took a short break after Boston before starting a short but intense training program to smash the current world record.

"I feel ready," says Merga, adding he's in good shape heading into the race. "If the weather is good and the pacemakers do their job, I have a shot at it."

"We're offering a world class prize to attract athletes to a world class event," says Manny Rodrigues, Vice President, Run Ottawa. "We're excited by the possibility that Saturday night's 10k race could make history."

The Ottawa Race Weekend, Canada's premier running festival, combines competition, participation and fundraising to make a distinctive contribution to the health of the community. The 2008 Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed more than 32,873 participants in seven races, including the ING Ottawa Marathon and the MDS Nordion 10K. Run Ottawa, the organization behind the Ottawa Race Weekend, is run by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Photo credit: Viktah Sailer

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