Belaynesh Oljira will defend her title at the ninth edition of the Carrera de la Mujer in Bogota on Sunday (20), one of only two IAAF Gold Label Road Races in South America.
Two-time world cross-country champion Emily Chebet will be going for her third win at the Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K in Albany, upstate New York, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race, on Saturday (30).
Tirunesh Dibaba, in many people’s eyes the greatest women’s long distance runner ever, will return to the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene to headline a loaded women’s 5000m field at the 39th edition of the Prefontaine Classic on 1 June.
Only two women have successfully retained their junior crown in the history of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships and on Sunday March 24 in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Kenya’s Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon will attempt to become the third.
Defending IAAF World Cross Country Championships senior men’s champion Imane Merga, four-time World Cross Country Championships gold medallist Tirunesh Dibaba, and two-time junior women’s winner Genzebe Dibaba have been included in Ethiopia’s provisional squad for the 2013 World Cross Country Championships in Bydogszcz, Poland, on 24 March.
The Angolan capital of Luanda has been host for one of the last road races of the year, the Sao Silvestre de Luanda held on New Year’s Eve, since 1954 but in recent years a condition of being invited to the lucrative 10km race is that athletes also compete in the Demosthense de Almedia meeting held two days later.