Created: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 07:14:14 EST
Updated: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 07:14:14 EST
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Four-time Olympian Bernard Lagat is scheduled to run in the Carlsbad 5000 on March 30.
The 39-year-old Lagat says his goal is to try to break the American road record of 13 minutes, 24 seconds set by San Diego native Marc Davis in 1996.
Since the inaugural edition of the race in 1986, the Carlsbad 5000 has produced 16 world records, including the all-time best of 13:00 by Kenya's Sammy Kipketer in 2000, a mark he matched in 2001. It also has been the scene of eight U.S. records and 11 world wheelchair records.
Lagat will have an extra incentive. For the first time, there will be U.S.-only prize money, with $2,500 going to the first American finisher, in addition to $5,000 for the overall champion.