By Carolyn Mather
(Editor’s note: Carolyn Mather, long time writer for Racing South and Running Journal, wrote this piece for RunBlogRun, her second on the 2015 BAA Boston Marathon.)
Several days have passed since the incredible duel of two superstars of running as Mare Dibaba and Caroline Rotich left Buzenesh Deba shortly before the turn onto Boylston Street and the final stretch of the Boston Marathon.
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(Editor’s note: Steve and Carolyn Mather were at home in north Georgia, with Steve recovering from some health issues. Carolyn wrote this piece for RunBlogRun from her view on the world of the web.)
By Carolyn Mather
My husband and I have been in Boston for a week for most of the last three decades. It is our annual springtime ritual to go to Boston to run, to work or to cover the race.
By: Scott Bush, Running USA Wire
BOSTON (April 20, 2015) - Tight packs, cool temperatures and moderate early paces led to thrilling finishes Monday morning at the 119th running of the Boston Marathon. Early on, both the men’s and women’s races held over a dozen competitors among their lead packs. While athletes took turns leading each, ultimately it was the front running heroics of Americans Des Linden and Dathan Ritzenhein which drove onlookers into a frenzy.
Linden took over the lead of the women’s pack just past 10K and continued to push the pace, passing through halfway in 1:12:44, leading until just past the 20 mile mark when Ethiopian Mare Dibaba took charge and put in a surge to break up the field.
Americans Dathan Ritzenhein and Desi Linden led for much of the Boston Marathon but were overtaken in the last few miles.
Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won the men’s race in 2:09:17 with Yemane Tsegay, also of Ethiopia, second in 2:09:48. Women’s champion was Caroline Rotich of Kenya in 2:24:55 with Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia right behind in 2:24:59. It was a sweet victory for male winner Desisa, who had returned his 2013 Boston Marathon first place medal as a gesture to the city following the Boston bombing. The medal has a framed place of honor.
Ritzenhein was a surprise leader for most of the race before fading to finish seventh in 2:11:20, followed by last year’s champ Meb Keflezighi in 2:12:42 as the top two American men.
The National Black Marathoners Association (NBMA) has selected the 2015 Hall of Fame honorees. Collectively, these individuals have
- Competed in nine US Olympic trials and in four Olympics.
- Placed in the top two positions in sixteen National US Indoor, Cross Country and NCAA championships.
- Completed over 500 marathons and ultra-marathons.
The recipients will be celebrated at the NBMA Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, December 12. The banquet is held in conjunction with the NBMA's 11th Annual Gathering at the Dallas Marathon.
By Rae Ann Darling Reed
Way back in December 1995 I completed my first marathon with my dad in Jacksonville, FL. I can still remember the leg cramps, wanting it to be over, and my finish time. I remember that 3:48 because I had missed qualifying for Boston by eight minutes.
I chalk that one up to being new to marathons since I had not raced longer than 5K during the previous four years running cross country and track at Brown University. All this was back when the women’s qualifying time for Boston was 3:40. Before the age groups, the addition of time, and the subtraction of time there was one time for men and one time for women.
The New Orleans Track Club (NOTC) has a title sponsorship with The Folger Coffee Company for the Resilience Run/Walk on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall.
Focused on the perseverance and spirit of New Orleans, the Folgers Resilience Run/Walk will welcome runners and walkers of all skill levels who want to celebrate the City on a significant date in its history.
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Washington, DC — On an ideal day for running the Runner’s Rite of Spring®, with the cherry blossoms peaking for the race for the first time since 2007, the 2015 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run turned out to be not quite 10 miles. Race organizers were forced to re-route the course between four and six miles due to an accident on the course that occurred about an hour prior to the 7:18 a.m. start of the elite women’s race. The exact distance was measured as 9.39 miles after the race – making it just a fraction over 15K.
ESPN will expand coverage of the Division 1 Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships Presented by Northwestern Mutual in conjunction with the new format adopted by the NCAA Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet earlier this year.
It was a special night for 2015 GO! St. Louis marathon winner Andrea Karl, who was invited to re-enact her finish at the St. Louis Cardinals game on Sunday, April 19 at Busch Stadium. Karl started running from the outfield warning track, crossed home plate and broke the finish line tape, where she was greeted by Olympic Gold Medalist Jackie Joyner Kersee and Mercy Regional President Donn Sorensen.
On the morning of Saturday, May 2, The New Orleans Track Club will produce the Big Easy, Big Heart 5K, a family-friendly event benefiting the New Orleans Mission, the largest full-service Christian charity in the Gulf South.