Chicago's Jeremy Borling won the Austin Marathon last year in a nice 2:30:05. This year, the Texas locals know who he is, and from what Jeremy says, they want to keep the title from heading to Chicago again.
"I've heard there is a group of Austin locals who are determined to not let me win," Borling told me in an e-mail. "That's a good thing. It would be fun to win again, but I just hope there is a group to run with and share some of the work and hopefully run a good time. One of the guys just ran a 1:06 half at the Austin 3M race, so he looks like the class of the field to me."
Borling, who works for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, added that he's as ready as he can be. Look for him to be in the lead pack, maybe in front of it when it counts.