Race organizers have announced that Tanzania’s Gabriel Geay and Kenyans Isaac Mukundi, Cleophas Ngetich and Linus Kiplagat have all committed to the July 14 run in Kingsport.
Geay is on a hot streak, recently winning the BAA 10K over a stacked field, including none other than defending Crazy 8s champ Teshome Mekonen and previous 8K world record holder Stephen Sambu. He followed that with a very impressive win at the Boilermaker 15K this past Sunday, once again outracing Mekonen to the tape.
“Geay is arguably the hottest road racer in the U.S. right now, and we are very excited he has decided to come to Kingsport,” said Crazy 8s co-director Hank Brown. “He might just be the first runner from Tanzania to win Crazy 8s. That would be pretty cool.”
He’ll have plenty of competition in Mukundi, Ngetich and Kiplagat. Mukundi was No. 2 at Crazy 8s in 2016, and has won such major races as the Bay to Breakers 12K (two times), Bolder Boulder 10K and Wharf to Wharf 6 Mile. His 10k personal record is a sizzling 27:45.
Ngetich is a past winner of Crazy 8s, clocking 22:28 to win in 2015. He has posted 13 victories in his road-race career. Kiplagat owns victories this year at the Cleveland Marathon 10K, Cotton Row 10K (course record), Orange Classic 10k, and the Monumental Mile.
“It should be another fast race,” said Brown. “Even though the record is tougher this year (21:45, Rhonex Kipruto), we’re still going after guys who think they can break it. All we can do is shoot the gun and see what happens.”
Crazy 8s is managed by We Run Events and is one of the premier events in Kingsport’s Fun Fest. It has always drawn an international field capable of running some of the fastest 8-kilometer times in the world.
The starting line will once again be stocked with superstars from around the globe, all going for The Regional Eye Center $10,008 World Record Bonus — which is given to the first runner to break the existing 8k world-best time. The winner will claim the Teleperfomance $5,000 Dash For The Gold, and the coveted crown of Crazy 8s 8K champion.
Start time for the race is 8:58 p.m. For more information or to register for any Crazy 8s event, visit www.crazy8s.org.