April 3, 2013
By Brom Hoban-American-Statesman Correspondent

Kenyan runner Eric Chirchir, the defending Statesman Capitol 10,000 champion, has a pretty solid road-racing record in Austin. He’s run three races here — all at the 10K distance — and he’s won every one. Ten years ago, he even set the city’s existing 10K record of 29 minutes, 3 seconds at the IBM Uptown Classic.

Even so, he’ll have his work cut out for him Sunday during the Statesman Capitol 10,000. Race director John Conley said Chirchir will face perhaps the strongest men’s field ever assembled in the 37-year history of the Cap 10K, one that includes former champion Scott MacPherson, a former Austinite who won the race in 2011 and 2012. Lee Troop, an Australian Olympic marathoner who won the race 20 years ago, also has entered.