Olympic runners compete in 28th annual Carlsbad 5000 race

Race begins at 7a.m. through Carlsbad Village area

CARLSBAD, Calif. - The 2012 Olympic silver medalist for the 1,500-meter run is scheduled to race in the 28th annual Carlsbad 5000 Sunday.

Leo Manzano will make his road racing debut at the event, which is touted as the "World's Fastest 5K."  Manzano immigrated from Mexico as a child and now lives in Texas.

Manzano will run in the men's elite race, which is set to step off around 12:45 p.m.

His biggest competition will come from Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia, who will try to become the first man to win the race three times.

The women's elite runners will start a couple of minutes after the men, featuring two time Olympian Shannon Rowbury of San Francisco. She was a runner-up in the Carlsbad 5000 four years ago.

About 10,000 runners in various age categories are participating in the Carlsbad 5000 which begins at 7 a.m.

Streets through the Carlsbad Village area will be closed, according to city officials.


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