BATON ROUGE, LA — Ryan Schafbuch of Lafayette, Indiana was the winner of the Louisiana Marathon on Sunday, Jan. 15, winning by a considerable margin in 2:33:36. Runner-up Kyle Bowling finished in 2:47:12, followed by Cort Basham in 2:49:32, Benjamin Maas in 2:52:22 and Bradley Owen in 2:52:45.
In the women’s race, Megan Valentine of Jericho, Vermont was the victor in 3:10:42. Grace Thacker was second in 3:12:06, followed by Lauren Ybarzabal in 3:16:06, Paige Fisher in 3:18:51, and Carolyn Baird in 3:23:48.
In the half marathon, Kevin Castille of Lafayette, Louisiana raced home in 1:07:28. He was followed by William Songock in 1:12:57, Michael Marineaux-Bradley in 1:16:08, Casey Keiser in 1:17:40, and William Fell in 1:20:28.
Dubai (UAE) — A bonus of $250,000 is offered to any runner who can break the world record at this week’s Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon being held on Friday (January 20).
The bonus is in addition to the first prize of $200,000 and underlines the status of the popular IAAF Gold Label race as the richest marathon in the world.
CHARLESTON, SC — Esther Erb Atkins was the third overall finisher at the Charleston Marathon on Saturday as she won the women’s title in 2:46:41. The only runners who finished ahead of her were the first two male finishers — Jeffrey Greene (2:44:45) of Leesburg, VA, and Ryan Fox (2:45:52) of Danbury, CT.
Atkins, of Greenville, SC, appears to have set a new South Carolina marathon record for women. She is in training for the Boston Marathon.
HOUSTON -- Late-race breakaways led to first-time wins in the Chevron Houston Marathon Sunday, and Leonard Korir of the United States outleaned race record-holder Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia in the Aramco Houston Half Marathon on a humid, windy morning that hampered times in the longer races.
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.com
(Sports is a huge preoccupation in Russia, just like the rest of the world. That seems like a nonsensical statement coming from an sports obssessed America, but, it is true. If my visit to Moscow taught me anything in 2013, Russians love all kinds of sports, and while they did not fill the stands in Moscow during the World Champs, there were many worthy athletes competing, and the crowd was enthusiastic.
NEW ORLEANS — Richard Bouckaert won the 110th running of the Jackson Day 5.6-mile race. The unusual distance is significant as it commemorates the 1815 distance Jean Lafitte and his pirates ran to help defend New Orleans against the British.
BIRMINGHAM, AL — The Birmingham Track Club has been invited to send up to three club members and their escorts to the annual Maebashi-Shibukawa City Marathon in Japan.
The City of Maebashi is Birmingham’s "friendship city" and club members have been treated in the past as honored guests.
Race events on April 23 include a marathon, 10K, 5K and 1.5K.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Leonard Korir led Team USA to the senior men’s team and overall team title with his upset victory at the Great Edinburgh XCountry International Challenge Saturday, January 7, earning him USATF Athlete of the Week honors.
Korir (Colorado Springs, Colorado) charged past local favorite Callum Hawkins in the final 20 meters of the senior men’s 8 km to win an individual gold medal in 24:03.
NYRR RUNCENTER will feature special 1 for You 1 for Youth shoe donation program and exclusive New Balance Test Run initiative
New York Road Runners’ (NYRR) mission to help and inspire people through running has been brought to life in a new community running center. The NYRRRUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub is open in Manhattan as the new home for runners of all ages and abilities throughout the five boroughs and beyond.
ATLANTA –– The USA 10K champion will be named on Independence Day as the men’s and women’s USATF 10 km Championships return to Atlanta at the 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race. One of the most decorated middle distance runners in history, Bernard Lagat, will join other top U.S. athletes to kick off Atlanta’s July 4th celebrations alongside the 60,000 participants of the world’s largest 10K.
The 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race prize purse of $70,000 will be awarded exclusively to American athletes with the top male and female each earning $10,000.