The Austin Marathon, set for February 17, 2019, recently announced the third round of elite athletes on the roster, and it’s looking like it will be quite a competitive race. In particular, the women’s field looks to be the deepest in years. Three more sub-three-hour marathoners have joined their ranks.

Heather Lieberg is quite accomplished. An Olympic Trials qualifier, she ran 2:40:38 at the 2017 California International Marathon. Now 39, Lieberg, who has a swift PR of 2:34:09, has proven to be quite a consistent marathoner. In March, the mother of three and 2nd grade teacher from Montana ran 2:38:29 at the LA Marathon and last October posted a 2:42:04 at the Twin Cities Marathon last October. Look for her to be in the lead pack of women for sure.

Look for Heather Lieberg at the front of a deep women’s field.

Carter Norbo ran a 2:48:35 at the 2017 Marathon, her PR so far. At 29, she still has plenty of time to improve on that. Like Lieberg, she’s consistent—she ran a 2:49:08 at last year’s Chevron Houston Marathon, the 28th fastest women’s marathon in Texas for 2018.

Alexandra Conway, 25 ran 2:51:39 last October to place fourth at the Hartford Marathon and is looking for a podium spot in Austin. Two other sub-three women signed up include Anita Perez, who clocked a 2:39:33 last June at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials and Beth Marzigliano, who clocked a 2:58:58 for third place at the Run for the Red Marathon.

Austin’s Allison Macsas, the 2018 Austin Marathon champ who just posted a 2:40 :17 at the California International Marathon a few weeks ago, said she’ll decide whether to defend her title or not next week.

In the men’s field Mizael Carrera (2:19:29 at the 2017 New York Marathon) and Sphamandla Nyembe, the 2017 Woodlands Marathon Champ (2:21:26) will join Daniel Bishop (2:26:27at last year’s Austin Marathon and Jameson Mora, a 2020 Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifier who boasts a 2:15:44 PR.

The total prize purse for the marathon is $15,000, divided equally between men and women as follows:1st place – $3000: 2nd – $2250; 3rd – $1200; 4th – $675; and 5th – $375.

Upcoming races: Sunday December 30, at 7:30 a.m., the Rockin’ Resolution 5K, 10 Mile and 20 Mile races at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock.  Tuesday, January 1 at 9:00 a.m., the Kickin’ It 5K at Wallace Middle School, 1500 Center Street in Kyle. Saturday, January 5 at 8:00 a.m., the River Road 5K, 10K and Half Marathon at Anytime Fitness, 1175 FM 2673 #8 Canyon Lake.