Craig Leon, who finished 12th overall at the 2014 Boston Marathon, will lead the elite field at the 11th Annual Capital City Half Marathon Presented By KeyBank.
Leon, 29, who lives and trains in Eugene, Ore., ran a 2:14:28 at Boston, one year after he ran a 2:14:38 and finished 10th overall. His 2014 finish was fifth-best among Americans. The USA's Meb Kefliezighi won Boston in 2:08:21.
Leon, a native of Van Wert, Ohio, who was a cross country runner at Ohio University, was ranked the 10th fastest American marathoner in 2013 when he recorded personal-best 2:13:52 at the Chicago Marathon in October 2013.
Leon's personal-best in the half marathon came at the USATF Half Marathon Championships in Duluth, Minn., in June 2013.
Joseph Purpura of Pataskala, Ohio, who won the 2013 Capital City Half Marathon in 1:09:00, will also compete this year.
Leon and Purpura will appear at the annual Panel Of Champions event at 6pm Thursday, May 1, which is held in conjunction the OhioHealth Health & Fitness Expo and serves as kick-off to Race Weekend.
Leon will compete in the 2014 Capital City Half Marathon as part of preparations for the event to host the USATF Half Marathon Championships in 2016 & 2017.
Cap City and the Greater Columbus Sports Commissioned partnered to bid on the championships, which will be held in conjunction with the Houston Marathon in 2014 & 2015.
Kefliezighi won the 2014 USATF Half Marathon Championships in Houston in January.
In the women's field, 32-year-old twins Kara and Tara Storage of Dayton will be among the challengers. The Storage twins both competed in the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials and are now training for the 2016 Olympic Trials. The pair also qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials in the 10K.