In news that should excite anyone who enjoys seeing records fall, Bernard Lagat announced Thursday that he’ll be entering the Carlsbad 5000 — a.k.a. the “World’s Fastest 5K” — this year.
The race, first held in 1986, has been the site of 16 world records and eight U.S. records. Lagat said his goal is to try and best the U.S. 5,000 meters record of 13:24.
The 39-year-old, who set the U.S. 2,000 meters record last week, said he’s excited to make is debut at the iconic race:
I’m happy to finally make it to the start line of the Carlsbad 5000. It’s been on my radar for some time, but we just never managed to get there to toe the line. It’s a truly iconic U.S. road race with a great history of world records with many of the finest athletes of all time adding their names to the list of champions. I’m looking forward to racing on the west coast after what I hope is a successful defense of my world indoor title over 3,000 meters.
The race will be held on March 30.