Looks like we’ll have a world class runner on the course, not to mention a very competitive field! Modesto’s own Jon Olsen, two-time SAMM winner, has been working his way back from injury. He’ll be joining the Get Fit Pace Team, pacing the 3:30 marathon group. We’re pretty sure he’s going to make that look easy after his world championship sub-12 hour record in the 100 mile event. … The elite field will see women’s course record holder Anna Bretan, 29, of Berkeley, returning to defend her overall title last year. After beating the entire field in 2:41:52 last year, she went on to win the San Francisco Marathon women’s division in July.
Also returning to SAMM this year is Jesus Campos, 28, of Fresno, who finished in third place last year after setting the course record in 2:26:53 in 2013. Other notables competing this year include Justus Meyer, 33, of San Francisco, with a 2:30:42 PR, and Osamu Tada, 34, of Sacramento, with a 2:31. Chris Knorzer, 46, of Rocklin, leads the Masters field after winning the CIM marathon men’s masters division in December in 2:32.50.