BERLIN, GERMANY - Iona College men's cross country / track & field alum Stephen Chemlany is set to compete at the 2013 Berlin Marathon Sunday. Two years ago, Chemlany was a runner up in the event clocking a personal best time of 2:07:55.
In the 2011 Berlin event, Chemlany was hired as a "rabbit" to set a fast pace for the elite runners in the field. Chemlany and the others hired to pace the group through the first 30 kilometers of the race. He did his job and then some. Patrick Makau was the race winner in world record time of 2:03.38.
The 2013 race begins at 2:00 am Eastern Time, 8:00 am in Berlin.
Chemlany was a standout performer for the Gaels from 2003-2006. He was a three-time participant at the NCAA Cross Country Championships with his best finish a 33rd place effort in 2004. He was a four-time MAAC Indoor Track & Field Champion, finishing first in the 3,000- and 5,000-meter events in back-to-back years in 2005 and 2006.
Chemlany is married to fellow Iona alum Emily Chelanga and the couple has a seven-year-old daughter, Faith Chepchumba.