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.
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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.
Award honors memory of Les Kinion, who passed away last July
Washington, DC — Guests at the annual pre-race dinner of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run are always full of anticipation. Invited athletes are eager to test themselves on the fast 10-mile course; race committee members have myriad last minute details running through their minds, and credit union dignitaries are excited to share the news of their fundraising success. Suspense was added to the mix this year, as everyone in attendance looked forward to the announcement of the first ever recipient of the Les Kinion Award – an award established to ensure the memory of Kinion’s outstanding service to the running world in general, and the Cherry Blossom Run specifically.
BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today proudly announced the beginning of a robust sponsorship agreement with global healthcare company Abbott to become an Official Sponsor of the Boston Marathon.
Abbott, devoted to developing products and technologies that improve health and the lives of many, will join participants and fans of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon to celebrate how people, when at their healthiest, can do more, achieve more and experience more in life. With nearly 30,000 participants making their final race preparations, including more than 30 Abbott employees from around the world, Abbott's activation is underway; the weekly Abbott Runner's Lounge on the Boston Marathon Facebook page fosters insight and encouragement across a myriad of topics.
Molly Huddle defended her B.A.A. 5K title on April 18 in grand fashion, breaking the tape and the American record in 14:50, slashing four seconds off the mark set by Deena Kastor in 2002.
In the back of her mind, Huddle had the vague notion that she might chase the 5K American record at some point. Maybe later this year. Certainly not today.
With 85,197 visitors, the Running Exhibition set a new attendance record at the Paris Marathon. This event –the largest of its kind dedicated to a single sport in France - brought together all the movers and shakers from the running world to the Parc des Expositions at the porte de Versailles in Paris April 9 -11.
Athletes Serving Athletes named official charity partner of the inaugural 2015 Columbia Half Marathon & 5K
Thirteen ASA athletes, individuals living with a significant physical disability, will be participating in the Columbia Half Marathon event.
Columbia, MD – Rip It Events, LLC, a sports event management company, announces the 2015 Columbia Half Marathon & 5K. The inaugural race will take place on Sunday, April 26. The official charity for this event is Athletes Serving Athletes (ASA).
Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, VA, presents Joan Lunden: My Journey on Sunday, April 26, at 2 PM, at Norfolk Academy, 1585 Wesleyan Drive, Norfolk. The event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required.