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.
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.
Garmin International announced the vívosmart 3, the latest addition to their popular vivo series health and fitness trackers. The vívosmart 3 relies on Firstbeat technology to deliver high-end fitness monitoring tools, like automatic VO2max fitness level detection with a new interpretation, Fitness Age, accurate Calorie Counts, and for the first time All-day Stress tracking. The result is a stylish, ultra-slim device capable of delivering truly personalized insights for better health, fitness and performance.
“Health conscious customers are becoming more interested in the meaning behind their activity stats,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “As in, I like seeing the data, but how does it correlate to my overall wellbeing?
ROCKY MOUNT, NC — "We are very excited to have been selected to host next year's National Championship," said Tar River Running Company (TRRC) founder and race director Michael Forrester. "Associating our event with the RRCA, the national body that represents our sport, has a positive impact on our race and shows the continued resurgence of downtown Rocky Mount. RRCA is an open and encouraging association that inspires runners of all ages and ability levels. This is something that perfectly aligns with the Nash Health Care Rocket Mile.”
COLUMBIA, SC — Derek Hutton, 24, of Cayce, was overall winner of the Day Break 10-Miler on Saturday, finishing in 1:00:53. Top female was Shawanna White, 37, of Columbia in 1:01:10.
Anton Bodourov, 46, of Columbia was second male in 1:01:13, followed in third place by Seth Jenny of York in 1:02:25.
Second and third females were Mary Claire Cox, 40, of Columbia in 1:05:51 and Jennifer Kyrzanowski of Lexington in 1:10:58.
Masters winners were Larry Jourdain (1:04:23) of Sandy Run and Wendy Hart ((1:08:13) of Lexington. Grandmaster winners were Eric Sabin (1:09:23) and Anita Recchio (1:24:47), both of Columbia. Senior grandmaster winners were Mike Compton (1:22:44) of Columbia and Nancy Anderson (1:41:49) of Spartanburg. Peter Mugglestone, 72, of Columbia won the Veteran Masters Overall in 1:43:19.
Arlington, VA – Encouraging the next generation of runners through community-based programming is the goal of the Road Runners Club of America’s Kids Run the Nation Program, and this week marks the introduction of the newly updated Program Guide for Teachers, Coaches, and Program Leaders.
Originally developed in 1986 by a team of experts including Olympic marathoner Don Kardong, the RRCA introduced the Teacher’s and Coach’s Curriculum Guide in an effort to combat the childhood obesity epidemic. The program evolved into the print and digital curriculum now known as Kids Run the Nation in 2008 and has undergone periodic updates since.
He’ll direct the race, then run the course in the evening in support of Martin Richard Foundation’s Team MR8.
BOSTON -– Renowned race director, endurance athlete and running philanthropist Dave McGillivray is set to run his 45th consecutive Boston Marathon on April 17, this year as part of the Martin Richard Foundation’s marathon team (Team MR8).
The non-profit Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation was formed by the parents of eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. The funds raised by McGillivray and others will be invested in education, athletics and community engagement.
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Circuit expands to five classic American road races that showcase world class competition and support clean sport.
TAMPA, Fla. – (March 2, 2017) – The PRRO Circuit has announced that the Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon, beginning with its 14th edition on Sunday, February 25, 2018, has become a member of the Professional Road Running Organization (PRRO) series. Gasparilla joins 4 classic American road race events shorter than the marathon distance – Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile, Lilac Bloomsday Run 12K, Boilermaker 15K and EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler – to showcase world class competition and support a clean sport.
JACKSON, TN — Will Donelson, 22, won the 45th annual Andrew Jackson Marathon on Saturday, April 1, and became the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) state champion. He finished in 2:59:13.8. Donelson is a senior at Union University in Jackson. Brian Wright of Nashville was second in 3:13:09.1. The Andrew Jackson Marathon is Tennessee’s oldest marathon, founded in 1972.
Female winner was Christina Marin, 33, of Allston, MA, who finished in 3:30:10.8.
Male masters winner was Karl Studtmann of Jackson in 3:18:39. Grandmasters winner was Zhong Ouyang of Cordova, TN, in 3:23:02.1. Senior grandmasters champion was Malcolm Oliver of Morristown, TN, in 3:49:16.6.
After 25-year drought, American men celebrate back-to-back victories in PRRO Circuit Race.
WASHINGTON, DC -- For the second year in a row, a naturalized American citizen has won the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. Stanley Kebenei, 27, of Oakland, CA, won Sunday's race in a time of 46:36. Twenty-one year-old Hiwot Gebrekidan of Ethiopia took the women's title in 53:37. On a breezy, but otherwise perfect day for running by all of the major Washington, DC landmarks, record times eluded both Kebenei and Gebrekidan in the city's 45th "Runner's Rite of Spring," the second event on the 2016-17 Professional Road Running Organization (PRRO) Circuit.
CHARLESTON, SC — Shadrack Kipchirchir won the Cooper River Bridge Run on Saturday in 28:12. Kipchirchir, of Colorado Springs, is an American citizen who was born in Kenya. Second was Kenyan Edwin Rotich of Grand Prairie, TX, in 28:14. Third was Kenyan Dominic Ondoro of Santa Fe, NM, in 28:33. Fourth and fifth went to Ethiopians Tsegaye Getachew (28:40) of Washington, DC, and Birhan Nebebew (28:44) of West Chester, PA.
Kenyans Monicah Ngige (Lansing, MI) and Elvin kibet (Colorado Springs) finished 1-2 in the women competition with Ngige winning in 32:40 and Kibet the runner-up in 32:45. Ethiopians Mamistu Daska (32:47), Etaferahu Temesgen (32:56) and Simegn Yeshanbei (33:48) took 3-5 finishes.
KNOXVILLE, TN — Dylan Belles of Greensboro, NC, won Sunday’s Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon in 2:25:15. Peter Limo of Morristown, NJ, was second in 2:28:37, and Peter Kemboi Chemaoy, also of Morristown, NJ, was third in 2:43:04. Fourth went to Danny Kratzer of Hendersonville, NC, in 2:46:14, while Brad Sweigart of Mechanicsburg, PA, was fifth in 2:47:42.
Gina Rouse repeated as the women’s champion in 2:52:06. Lynn Baione of Sevierville was second in 3:10:01, followed by Eden Slater of Knoxville in 3:16:08. Fourth went to Tammy Slusser of Monroeville, PA, in 3:16:59. She was followed by Courtney Madson of Knoxville in 3:21:01.