Local favorites Pia Palladino and Laura DeWald will be in the field of about 3,000 runners competing in nine divisions today in the Bonne Bell-Peoples Drug Store 10-kilometer (6.2 miles) women's road race. Both the start and finish are at the Lincoln Mall polo field in West Potomac Park. Starting time is 8 a.m.
Palladino, a Georgetown undergraduate who finished second in the Cherry Blossom 10-mile run, and Alda Descossi, a graduate student at Georgetown, have run under .35 minutes in 10-kilometer runs. DeWald was the eighth women to finish in last month's Boston Marathon.
Masters (40 years or older) and 11-year-olds Jennifer Amyx, the top finisher last year in the division for 13-year-olds and under in 39:43; and Ann Dinsmore are expected to run under 40 minutes.
Also competing will be Brenda Gilmore, a 29-year-old New York native who now makes her home in Hillcrest Heights. Gilmore, the victim of a hit-and-run auto accident two years ago, will be racing in a wheelchair.
The nine divisions are overall, 13 years and under, 14 to 19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50 and older, mother-daughter (a Mother's Day event with 50 teams), and team (consisting of thre to five runners, counting only the times of the first three finishers on each team).
Contestants who were unable to pick up their numbers yesterday can get them between 6:30 and 7:30 this morning at the race site.