Competition is shaping up for the 2011 10k women’s race. Ethiopian Shewarge Amare is confirmed for Ottawa, coming to the city with a personal best time of 32:27 scored in New York last year. She also has a respectable 1:09 posted in the New York half-marathon in March of this year. Last year’s Ottawa 10K female winner, Dire Tune, finished in 32:11.
Amare will have competition. Returning to Ottawa this year is Kenyan runner Hyvon Ngetich, an accomplished 25-year-old who runs in the 32 minute range. She’s had luck in Ottawa, placing third in the 10k distance twice (2008, 2010) and in fourth place once (2009).
Will this be the year Ngetich moves up to take first place? Or will some other elite athlete edge her way in? That’s what must be on Amare’s mind as the date for the 10k race approaches.