The Youngstown Peace Race was once called the International Peace Race, and it’s living up to that name this year.
Six elite international athletes are already committed to run in Sunday’s race: four Kenyans, a Russian and New Zealand native John Campbell, who set the Boston Marathon masters record in 1990 with a time of 2:11.04.
Campbell, who often trained at Youngstown’s Mill Creek Park during the early 90s, has been featured in publications such as Runner’s World and Sports Illustrated.
The field also includes Jessica Odorcic, a Madison, Ohio, native who recently won the Akron half-marathon in a time that qualified her for the 2016 Olympic marathon trials.
Other notable runners are Rachel Dickman, the 2012 Peace Race champion; Jason Ordway, the 2012 RunOhio runner of the year; Ryan Kienzle, a Canton native who won the Akron half-marathon; former YSU runner Justin Dickman; and former Maplewood High standouts Andy Morgan (who was the 2011 Peace Race runner-up) and Ro (Rupe) Morgan (who won this year’s Panerathon 10K).
“We are really happy with how the 2013 Peace Race is shaping up in terms of both numbers and the elite athletes,” race director Ted Rupe said in an email. “We are especially pleased with the international field. And we are drawing elite athletes from a much-larger region in the U.S. — Michigan, West Virginia, Alabama, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.”
Sunday’s two-mile race begins at 9:30 a.m., with the 10K beginning at 11. Cost is $30 on race day. For more details, visit peacerace.org or gopherarun.com.