By Justin Lagat, RunBlogRun.com
The world major marathon title for men and the $500,000 prize money that goes with it will be at stake at the New York City marathon. The man who many see as the one to determine who wins that title is none other than Geoffrey Mutai. If he wins here, his training mate, Dennis Kimetto will automatically take the WMM title and if he doesn't and Wilson Kipsang does, then Kipsang will win the title. Any other elite who wins here will also result in Dennis Kimetto being declared the winner.
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All-Metro Banquet to feature fastest American Marathoner in U.S. History, Ryan Hall
ATLANTA – Founded 50 years ago around the mission of honoring outstanding high school cross country and track & field athletes, Atlanta Track Club is making enhancements to theAll-Metro High School Cross Country Banquet as well as its awards selection process. As the organization moves into its next 50 years, it is recommitting itself to honoring the metro area’s top high school standouts in an exciting, new way.
By Marla Hanover
The Team Relay event of the Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon with Ivy Funds on Oct. 18 consists of many different teams. A team could consist of sisters, brothers, cousins, co-workers, running buddies or neighbors. This year, one team will consist of five women who have been friends for almost four years. But what sets them apart from other teams is the fact they have never met face-to-face.
(Editor’s note: Bobby Curtis was a high school All-American at St. Xavier in Louisville, KY, then ran at Villanova University.)
By: Cait Chock, RunBlogRun.com
With his 9th place finish at the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Bobby Curtis was the top American male and lowered his marathon PR down to 2:11:20. While he cut off more than 2 minutes from his previous PR, the time didn't come as much of a shock to Curtis, who knew he was capable of just that. Given the bit of wind on the course and an oscillating early pace, his fitness pegs him even faster.
By Scott Ludwig
I may have an addiction to running. I run every day; every day since November 30, 1978, to be exact. I’ve begun the last 13,000 or so days of my life by lacing up a pair of running shoes. I’ve run when the temperature is above 100 degrees and when the temperature is below zero; when I’m feeling on top of the world and when I feel like I’m six feet under; when I’ve had a good night’s sleep and when I’ve still got beer from last night sloshing around inside my stomach (translation: six feet under). So as I stated earlier: Yes, I may in fact have an addiction to running.
Running USA wire
By: Steve Nearman
ARLINGTON, Va. - Remember the movie, "Groundhog Day?" Watching the 30th running of the Army Ten Miler today was like reliving the 29th edition of the race – nearly verbatim.
The same Brazilians who went 1-2 in the men’s race last race went 1-2 in the men’s race this year. They ran virtually identical races as last year, save for the fact that they ran considerably slower today under perfect conditions versus last year’s chilly temps. The Brazilians also repeated their 1-2-3 sweep of the race.
Kenyans took 1-2-3 in the Chicago Marathon, led by Eliud Kipchoge in 2:04:11. It was his first victory in the six World Marathon Majors. Second went to Sammy Kitwara in 2:04:28, while Dickson Chumba was third in 2:04:32.
The first American was Bobby Curtis, who finished ninth in 2:11:20. Curtis is a former Villanova runner and was a high school All-American for St. Xavier in Louisville, KY.
American men took the 11th through 15th spots in the Chicago Marathon.
Rita Jeptoo was the female winner in 2:24:38. She won $100,000 for the Chicago victory and $500,000 for winning the World Majors Marathon championship. Runnerup was Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia in 2:25:37 and Florence Kiplagat was third in 2:25:57.
SERIES WILL BE RENAMED ABBOTT WORLD MARATHON MAJORS STARTING IN 2015
ABBOTT PARK, Ill — Global healthcare company Abbott and the World Marathon Majors announced a new partnership with Abbott becoming the race series' first-ever title sponsor.
The medal for the inaugural Jeff Galloway 13.1 race on Sunday, Dec. 14, in Atlanta features a green wreath with “Inaugural JG 13.1” in the center. “Barb’s 5K” will also be held, with both events starting at 8 a.m.
A fitness festival and expo will be held Friday (11 a.m.-7 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), Dec. 12-13 at 200 Peachtree.
Over a million runners and walkers have read Galloway’s books, attended his retreats and running schools, received E-coaching or individual consultation, or joined his training programs. He is in front of an audience motivating and teaching over 200 times a year.
Galloway’s accomplishments are legend:
By Dave Hunter
When a runner is in love with our sport, you can tell. There is a sparkle in their eyes, there is enthusiasm in their voice, and there is joy in their heart. They know and accept the physical, mental, and emotional roller coaster that periodically accompanies their pursuit of road racing in general and the marathon in particular. They know the marathon is a cruel mistress who can reward you in one race and punish you in the next. They know there are no runners who forever evade disappointment, that it strikes everyone.
Courtesy of MarathonGuide.com
1. Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 2:04:11 - $100,000 + $55,000
2. Sammy Kitwara (KEN) 2:04:28 - $50,000 + $40,000
3. Dickson Chumba (KEN) 2:04:32 - $25,000 + $40,000
4. Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 2:05:51 - $15,000 + $10,000
5. Bernard Koech (KEN) 2:08:30 - $10,000
Registration is underway for The Louisiana Marathon, a three-day running festival Jan. 16 - 18, 2015 in Baton Rouge, LA. Now in its fourth year, The Louisiana Marathon expects to attract 30,000 attendees from 50 states and 12 countries. A celebration of running and Louisiana culture, The Louisiana Marathon is helping Louisiana become known as the running capital of the south.
On Dec. 13, the Charlotte Running Club will attempt to break the Guinness Book World Record of 116 runners tethered together while completing a 5k race. The Huntersville 5k in Huntersville, NC will be the hosting race beginning at 8 a.m.