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Meb wins Boston, first American since 1983

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04/21/2014 - 13:39
Date: 
04/21/2014 - 13:39

Meb Keflezighi raced to a Boston Marathon record time of 2:08:37 to become the first American to win Boston in 31 years.

Meb, 38, took an early lead and maintained it with a strong finish.

Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo, 33, won the women’s division for the third time, finishing in 2:18:57, leading a group of four women under the course record. America’s Shalane Flanagan held the early lead but fell back well into the race and finished seventh in a personal best time of 2:22:02.

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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.

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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 - 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: 
04/17/2014 - 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: 
04/16/2014 - 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: 
04/15/2014 - 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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