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2014 B.A.A. 5K RACE RECAP

Date: 
04/19/2014 - 20:28
Date: 
04/19/2014 - 20:28

Gebremeskel holds off True, while Huddle runs down Daska for the victory
By Chris Lotsbom
The 2014 B.A.A. 5K was one for the ages, as thousands of runners took to the streets of Boston in celebration. Ethiopia's Dejen Gebremeskel set a new men's event record of 13:26, while Providence, Rhode Island's Molly Huddle came from behind to win the women's race in 15:12. In total, more than 8,600 runners finished the race, held two days prior to the 118th Boston Marathon.
Under crystal clear skies, runners from around the nation and world came to Boston Common ready to race 3.1 miles through Boston's picturesque Back Bay neighborhood. 
Moments after the starting horn sounded, Gebremeskel, 24, bolted into the lead, taking control of the pace early on. As reigning champion, Gebremeskel was determined to claim yet another B.A.A. 5K crown.
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Date: 
04/18/2014 - 15:18

Bringbackthemile.com

Furman Elite athlete sets PR to lead an event record of six men under 4 minutes

pin-bs-feb-25.png A record six athletes posted a sub-4:00 time April 12 in the Blue Shoes Elite Mile, which was held in conjunction with the 17th Blue Shoes Invitational at the Irwin Belk Track Complex for Track & Field and Kelsey-West Track in Greenville.

Furman Elite's Michael Hammond won the Blue Shoes Elite Mile event, turning in a personal record of 3 minutes, 57.70 seconds. Hammond, a former All-American at Virginia Tech, is in his first year with Furman Elite.

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Date: 
04/17/2014 - 10:37

INDIANAPOLIS - USA Track & Field (USATF) and NIKE, Inc. have announced an expansion of their partnership that will significantly increase support of USATF programs, athletes and competitive groups.

The new partnership marks an ongoing commitment from NIKE to the sport in a sponsorship that extends from 2017 through 2040. The long-term partnership significantly increases the overall support for Track & Field for athletes throughout the United States.

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Date: 
04/16/2014 - 18:55

Gerardo Avila of Triangle, VA, has been disqualified as winner of the Marine Corps 17.75K race after it was determined he wore a bib belonging to another runner, Steve Henry, Odenton, MD, who was first identified as the winner. Both runners have been banned from Marine Corps events for the rest of the year, according to a Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) press release.

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Date: 
04/16/2014 - 18:27

By Larry Eder
RunBlogRun.com

Flanagan_ShalaneFV-StLouis13.JPgI checked out a Sixty Minutes segment that aired Sunday night on Shalane Flanagan, hometown girl with a good shot at Boston. As there have been no American winners since 1983, the drought is long and often discussed.

Shalane Flanagan is from Marblehead, and was a fine cross country and track runner in high school. At Duke University, Shalane was a stud, winning cross country and track titles galore. After college, Shalane Flanagan developed into a fine distance runner, setting the American record at 10,000 meters (and 5,000 meters) and taking the bronze medal at the 10,000 meters in Beijing in 2008.

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Date: 
04/15/2014 - 18:44

After experiencing a tragic and truncated end to the 2013 Boston Marathon, race organizers were faced not only with grief but with hundreds of administrative decisions, including plans for the 2014 race – an event beloved by Bostonians and people around the world.

One of the issues they faced was what to do about the nearly 6,000 runners who were unable to complete the 2013 race. The Boston Athletic Association, the event’s organizers, quickly pledged to provide official finish times for these runners. Thinking ahead, they also had to consider how to provide these runners with an opportunity to qualify for the 2014 race.

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Date: 
04/15/2014 - 11:26

By Larry Eder

(Larry Eder, who heads Fortius Media and is a partner with numerous Running Network publications, including Running Journal, has been on a trip covering several major races. He has been writing a journal on his travels to Copenhagen, Paris, London, and Boston, in one month of living out of my very large travel bag. He also writes a popular blog at RunBlogRun.com).

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Date: 
04/13/2014 - 18:31

Source: Competitor Group

First time marathoner Himberger wins in debut, Raleigh’s Vegh wins men’s half-marathon; Langan, Bretscher win women’s races; Inaugural event welcomes 12,500 entrants

RALEIGH, NC (April 13, 2014) – Locals dominated the field at the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by WRAL benefiting The V Foundation for Cancer Research, which debuted under cool, sunny skies in downtown Raleigh.

First time marathoner Paul Himberger, 28, made a statement in his debut, winning in 2 hours, 38 minutes, 57 seconds. Struggling in the final miles, Himberger dug deep to finish, which was his only goal for the day.

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2014 Boston Marathon® Weekend

Date: 
04/11/2014 - 18:21
Date: 
04/11/2014 - 18:21

 
An Outline of What is New for Participants, Spectators, and the Public
 
 
boston.jpgBOSTON – With less than two weeks until the 118th Boston Marathon® on Monday, April 21, 2014, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) outlined changes to this year’s event. As it has since its inception in 1897, the Boston Marathon will be held on Patriots’ Day, a civic holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington and Concord. For the 29th consecutive year, John Hancock Financial Services is the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest annual marathon. Participants will follow the historic 26.2-mile course, which starts on Main Street in rural Hopkinton and finishes on Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay. This year’s race will see changes in some areas for participants, spectators, and the public, listed below. 

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Date: 
04/17/2014 - 12:20

There will be something special waiting to greet Peachtree Jr. participants when they cross the finish line in Piedmont Park this year: Olympic and World Champions.

Besides being cheered on by some of the top athletes in the world, each of the estimated 3000 young runners on May 17 will—for the first time in the 28-year history of the Atlanta Track Club event—have the opportunity to sample new track-and -field disciplines under the hands-on guidance of Olympic superstars.

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Date: 
04/16/2014 - 15:16

Running USA wire
Source: New York Road Runners

She bests Colleen De Reuck's U.S. Masters (age 40+) half-marathon record by 12 seconds in New York City

NEW YORK - About one hour into the 11th edition More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half Marathon on April 13, there was an air of excitement and anticipation around the finish line. As fans awaited the arrival of Deena Kastor, the question wasn’t so much whether she’d win, but whether she’d break the course record of 1 hour, 13 minutes, 25 seconds she set last year.

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Date: 
04/13/2014 - 19:50

By Larry Eder
RunBlogRun.com

Radcliffe_PaulaFV1-London03-thumb-500x767-5952-thumb-500x767-7720.jpg Traveling around the athletics circuit as I do, one appreciates the truly herculean heights that London marathon has reached in terms of its field development, its support of media and its support of the sport.

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Date: 
04/10/2014 - 16:27

CRITZ TYBEE RUN FEST

The Critz Tybee Run Fest at Tybee Island, GA, has been named one of the 50 top race events in the USA.

FlipKey.com - the vacation rental part of the leading travel site TripAdvisor, announced that through industry research and traveler feedback, they found the 50 most challenging, iconic and most talked about road races across the country.

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