By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun
LONDON, UK — The women's race in London was absolutely Electrifying!
Mary Keitany, running with Pacemaker Caroline KIpkirui, Mary took off. Hitting the 5k in 15:31, the 10k in 31:17, and the 15k in 47:15, she had the BBC team of Brendan Foster, Steve Cram and Paula Radcliffe questioning what was going on. Paula Radcliffe knew instinctively. Mary Keitany was hellbent on breaking the women's only marathon record of 2:17:42.
Issue was, Mary Keitany was on a much faster pace, actually at 2:10:41 pace around 12k! Caroline KIpkirui kept company with Mary Keitany through 20k in 1:03:25, and half marathon in 1:06:53, 94 seconds ahead of the course record.
After that, Mary Keitany ran with abandon, and in the cold corner of hell that only a marathon can provide. Hitting 25k in 1:19:43, Mary Keitany was 80 seconds ahead of the world record pace. A WR was hit at 30k, in 1:36:05, where Mary Keitany was 82 seconds ahead of pace.
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By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun
LONDON, UK — The greatest distance runner in the world fell to earth.
Pacemaker Stephen Kibet took the pack of fifteen through 5k in 14:11, 10k in 28:51 (14:40) and 15k in 43:40 (14:49). In the pack were Feyisa Lelisa, Kenenisa Bekele, Daniel Wanjiru, Ghirmay Ghebrselassie, Abel Kirui and debut marathoner Bedan Karoki.
20k was hit in 61:41, also lead by Stephen Kibet. Around 20k, Kenenisa Bekele felt blisters in his new shoes, which were affecting his legs and began to drop back. Then, Ghirmay Ghebrselassie missed his drink and Kenenisa Bekele shared his with the young Eritrean.
Schedule includes four national championships:
NCAA 2021, USATF 2019, USATF 2018, USATF JO 2017
TALLAHASSEE, FL –- Leon County’s award-winning Apalachee Regional Park will host eight major cross country events, including four national championships, in the next five years.
These events include the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Cross Country State Championships (2017 & 2018); USA Track & Field (USATF) Cross Country National Championships (2017, 2018 & 2019); the NCAA Men & Women’s Cross Country Regionals (2018 & 2020) and the NCAA Cross Country National Championship (2021).
By Alfonz Juck
(Story source: RunBlogRun.com)
BOSTON (USA): Kathrine Switzer completed the Boston Marathon some fifty years after officials attempted to remove her from the race which was not open to women at the time, informs BBC News. More than 12,300 women started this year's race and Switzer, 70, completed the course in 4:44:31.
BOSTON (USA): After finishing third in the Boston Marathon on her debut in 2:23:00, Jordan Hasay has said she might opt to stay on the roads rather than try and make the American 10,000m team for the World Championships in London, informs LetsRun.com.
2017 Boston Marathon Marks End of One-Year Cycle Featuring Inaugural Wheelchai Competition
BOSTON -- Abbott World Marathon Majors has named as Series X champions Eliud Kipchoge (KEN), Marcel Hug (SUI) and Tatyana McFadden (USA).
The athletes won the titles based on their performances, over the past 12 months, in the world’s most renowned races that comprise the Abbott World Marathon Majors – the Tokyo, Boston, Virgin Money London, BWM Berlin, Bank of America Chicago, and TCS New York City Marathons – as well as the Olympic and Paralympic Marathons.
By Dave Hunter for RunBlogRun.com
BOSTON — The elite men danced nervously just behind the starting line as they waited for the first wave start of the 121st B.A.A. Marathon. As the men's favorites were introduced, the largest ovation was saved for American Meb Keflezighi - the 2014 champion and the first American to win this Patriots' Day race since 1983.
The top 10 finishers at the Boston Marathon:
1 — Geoffrey Kirui, Kenya 2:09:37.
2 — Galen Rupp, USA 2:09:58.
3 — Siguru Osaka, Japan 2:10:28.
4 — Shadrack Biwott, USA 2:12:08.
5 — Wilson Chebet, Kenya 2:12:35.
By Carolyn Mather for RunBlogRun.com
(Editor’s note: The women's race in Boston in 2017 was quite satisfying on several levels. Edna Kiplagat is one of the most enduring marathoners in our sport, and her show of strength, savvy and tactics was a great model for veteran marathoners. On the other side, Jordan Hasay, the debutante marathoner, just blew through expectations. And Desi Linden, who ran with one goal, to win, gave it her all, and took fourth. Here's Carolyn Mather's feature on the women's race from the 121st Boston Marathon.)
By Carolyn Mather
Injuries seem to be the bane of runners. Just when all is going smoothly, you pull something, fall, get a bad virus or anything to disrupt your training. Not only is it incredibly frustrating but recovery seems to be a difficult process. As we get older, it gets increasingly hard.
When I fell during a race several months after my Steve died, I felt I was truly jinxed. I have no idea how I fell but it was hard. I picked myself up and walked to the finish. I iced the injury to my upper arm and refused to go to any doctor. The brilliant colors my arm turned were amazing but after 10 days I had a completely dark blue arm and shoulder. To be able to get some therapy I had to get a doctor's order. I went to my local urgent care center and got the news that my humerus was totally fractured where it met my shoulder. Of course by the time I got an appointment with an orthopedist (four weeks later), it was nearly healed. I finally got a physical therapy order in late March and started my journey to heal.
ROCK HILL, SC — Scott Robinson of Charlotte was the overall winner of the Come See Me Road Race 10K on April 22, finishing in 35:54. Everett Tinsley of Rock Hill finished second in 37:39. Third place finisher Thomas Long, 43, of Rock Hill, was named masters winner, finishing in 38:54.
Pacers Running is proud to host this year’s Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon & Half Marathon presented by LifeTime Fitness on Sunday, April 30th. Beginning at 7:30am, both races will start in Oceanport's Monmouth Park and finish on the Long Branch Ocean Promenade. This years race is generously supported by Novo Nordisk and LifeTime Fitness.
ROANOKE, VA — Tim Gruber of Richmond won “America’s toughest road marathon,” the Blue Ridge Marathon, here Saturday, April 22, in 3:00:53. It was his first marathon. Rich Wisneski of Akron, OH, was second in 3:15:51, followed by Chuck Engle of Lancaster, OH, in 3:18:46. Richard Nelson of Richmond was fourth in 3:19:50.
Sarah Glenn of Roanoke was the women’s winner in 3:28:43, followed by Jenny Logan of Roanoke in 3:47:45 and Leah Lanier of Charlotte, NC, in 3:48:17.
GREENVILLE, SC — Austin Steagall of Greenville won the 40th Reedy River Run 10K on April 22, finishing in 30:31. Ryan Root was second in 30:49, while Adam Freudenthal of Spartanburg finished third in 31:14.
Kimberly Ruck of Greenville was female champion in 35:11. Kate Schwartz of Asheville, NC, was second in 35:38. Dylan Hassett of Greenville was third in 35:39.
In the 5K, Ben Boerma of Greenville was overall winner in 15:33. Victoria Hammersmith of Mauldin was female victor in 18:07.