Double Olympic and World champion distance runner Mo Farah will open his 2015 season at the Lisbon Half-Marathon on March 22.
Race organizer Carlos Móia assembled a field that he believes has a chance to break the 58 minute, 23 second world record set by Zerzenay Tadese on the same course in 2010. If the record is not enticing enough, Móia has added a €100,000 bonus for the feat.
Mo Farah (AP Photo)
Farah holds a personal best of 60:00 at the 2014 Bupa Great North Run, which is run downhill. He will run against Stephen Kibet (58:54), Guye Adola (59:06), Aziz Lahbabi (59:25) and Silas Kipruto (59:39).
Last year, Farah opened his spring with a second-place finish at the 2014 NYC Half leading up to his 2:08 marathon debut in London.
He won the 2013 Rock N' Roll Mardi Gras Half-Marathon and went on to win gold medals at the IAAF World Championships for 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter races.
A spring half-marathon is not out of the ordinary for Farah's training under coach Alberto Salazar.
Farah is a Briton born in Somalia. Runners from Kenya won the race 13 times since its founding in 1991.