Rita Jeptoo and Lelisa Desisa set to defend titles on Monday, April 21; 2014 marks 29th year of John Hancock’s Boston Marathon sponsorship
BOSTON - John Hancock Financial today announced the return of 2013 Boston Marathon champions Rita Jeptoo of Kenya and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia for the 118th running of the race on Monday, April 21, 2014.
With a world-class field contending for the men’s champion’s title this past April, the early miles of the race were typically strategic over the historic Hopkinton to Boston course. In the closing miles, three runners broke away from the pack to vie for the olive wreath.
Running shoulder-to-shoulder, Desisa, Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia and Micah Kogo of Kenya sought to dig deep into their reserves as they turned right on Hereford and left on Boylston Street down the home stretch. The day, however, belonged to Desisa. Shifting to a higher gear on Boylston, he left his challengers behind, breaking the tape in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 22 seconds, seven seconds ahead of Kogo and eight seconds ahead of Gebremariam.
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Entries to the race surged 35 percent from 2,700 a year ago to more than 3,600 this year
PALM BEACH, Fla. - Bryan Sharkey's most gratifying marathon win came Sunday at the 10th Palm Beaches Marathon and Run Fest.
A former middle distance star at Miami's Gulliver Prep and Princeton, the 26-year-old Sharkey lunged for the finish line and kissed the ground as planned.
The Dallas Marathon, canceled due to safety concerns connected to a winter storm, will provides shirts to all entrants. No refunds will be given.
Race officials issued the following statement on Saturday, Dec. 7:
The Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon will offer prize money totaling $40,000 -- with a total of $30,000 offered to the top five male and female finishers. The other $10,000 will go to the top five male and female finishers from seven local counties.
It's a return to prize money for elite runners with the first place male and female each receiving $8,000. The race will be held Feb. 23 at Tampa, FL. Go to TampaBayRun.com for info.
Potentially dangerous weather conditions in Memphis, TN, Dec. 7 caused cancellation of the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend.
"The safety of race participants, volunteers and spectators is and always has been our top priority. After careful consideration with race officials, City of Memphis and Office of Emergency Management officials, and the Memphis Police Department, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel this year’s St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend due to weather conditions," said an official news release.
"As a result, we are providing registered participants in the 2013 St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend races with multiple options to accommodate this unfortunate turn of events. Participants may choose from one of the following options:
You’re on a training run and just passed a penny. Do you pick it up? Members of the Florida Striders do.
Jenny Allen heads up a club program called “Jenny’s Pennies.” Those little coins and any other money found by club runners go into the fund throughout the year.
On Sunday, Oct. 13, a group of members gathered at 6:30 a.m. at Sun Tire in Orange Park for a run, followed by the 35th anniversary celebration at 8 a.m. provided by the fund, plus edibles brought by club runners.
Over 30 years, members have turned in $2,926.26. Over the past year, members found $133.68.
LaShawn Merritt and Brianna Rollins have been awarded the titles of Jesse Owens and Jackie Joyner-Kersee Athlete of the Year, USA Track & Field announced Monday, December 2. Merritt and Rollins will be honored on Saturday, December 7, at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Indianapolis, Ind. The event is held in conjunction with USA Track & Field’s Annual Meeting.
Nick Accardo, won the Mississippi Coast Marathon Nov. 30 in 2:41:10, followed by Leonard Vergunst, in 2:55:51 (masters winner), and Angelosante Talentino in 3:00:11 (grandmasters winner).
Cindy Lewandowski was first woman in 3:21:18, followed by Khanh Labat in 3:25:11, and Abbey Wilkinson in 3:38:38.
The event was at the Stennis Space Center.
In the half marathon, Isaac Chelimo was the winner in 1:12:19., Dylan McCoy was second in 1:12:54. Tracy Ashall was female winner in 11:34:17 and Amy Hunt was second in 1:36:43.
Marc Burget of Jacksonville won the Space Coast Marathon Dec. 1 at Cocoa, FL, in 2:42:32, followed by Timo Ziegenbein of Todendorf in 2:53:55, John Davis of Melbourne in 2:54:31, Selvin Reyes of Orlando in 2:55:17, and David Eckardt of Evansville, IN, in 2:58:33.
Female winner was Hannah Jennings of Orlando in 3:15:08. Keara McGraw of Largo was second in 3:16:09, followed by Heather Winchell of Tampa (3:18:43), Rene Harrod of Weston (3:20:36), and Angie Ave of Orlando (3:21:01).
The first-ever Collegiate Running Association 10k Road Race National Championships will be held at the 2014 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by MARTIN’S on March 29.
“The Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k is thrilled to be host to the Collegiate Running Association 10k Road Race National Championships,” said Bobby Ukrop, president and chief executive officer of Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, the event’s title sponsor. “We think this is a great opportunity to add a unique championship event to what already is considered one of the top road races of any distance in the entire country.”
Aaron Templeton of Knoxville, TN, and Caroline Alcorta of Springfield, Va., won the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships (FLCCC) South Regional 5K at Charlotte, NC, Saturday, Nov. 30.
Templeton, a senior at Hardin Valley Academy, won the Boys South Regional in 14:36. Benjamin Huffman of Waxhaw, N.C., placed second in 14:44, and Ian Milder of Winston Salem, N.C., finished third in 14:49. Templeton is a two-time FLCCC National Finalist.
As part of a Cultural Exchange Program with the Urayasu Runners Club, the Japanese runners will be in Orlando Dec. 4-9 and will participate in the Orlando Half Marathon and 5K on Dec. 7.
The Japanese guests will be taken sightseeing around Orlando, including a day at Disney Epcot, and be honored guests at the Orlando Running Club's Christmas party, plus other activities.
Two members of the Orlando Running Club will be chosen to travel to Urayasu in February to participate in the Tokyo Bay Urayasu City 8K and be guests at the Urayasu club's annual banquet.
Stephen Pifer of Jacksonville, FL, was the overall winner of the Subaru Half Marathon held Nov. 28 in Jacksonville, finishing in 1:06:53. Jeremy Criscione of Gainesville was second in 1:07:11, followed by Matt Hensley of Jacksonville in 1:07:12.
Women's winner was Shannon Miller of Suwanee, GA, in 1:18:12, followed by Svenja Meye of Jacksonville in 1:19:48 and Lyubov Denisova of Gainesville in 1:20:13.
ATLANTA – Approximately 11,000 runners and walkers earned their turkey this Thanksgiving at the 2013 Atlanta Half Marathon events on Thursday, November 28. In addition to the Atlanta Half Marathon, the event featured the Thanksgiving Day 5K, the Mashed Potato Mile for children ages 7 to 12 and the Gravy Gallop for kids ages 6 and under.
Matt Hoyes of Bardstown, KY, and Patricia Schaefer of Springfield, Illinois were winners of the White River Marathon at Cotter, Arkansas on Nov. 23. Moyes was overall winner in 2:39:34.1. Schaefer won the women’s race in 3:12:59.8.
The next four overall finishers were Mike Wendel of Chatham, Illinois in 2:54:15.2; Brad Atkins of Blacksburg, VA, in 3:01:52.4; Joe Bowman of Dunwoody, GA, in 3:02:50; and Tyler Wolf of Overland Park, Kansas in 3:08:55.3.
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The Collegiate Running Association’s first national championship will be announced on December 3
RICHMOND, Va. - Steve Taylor, cross country and track & field coach at the University of Richmond, had a vision. “About five years ago the idea came to mind that there was a need to create additional competitive and social opportunities for college students who enjoy running,” said Taylor.
Burt Rodriguez won the Charlotte Thunder Road Marathon in 2:33:37, followed by Jamey Yon in 2:34:51 and Scott Williams in 2:36:50. Alice Rogers won the women's race in 2:56:12, followed by Claire Naisby in 3:08:09 and Bonnie Ritchotte in 3:14:59.
Lance McDaniel won the half marathon in 1:15:01, followed by Chase Eckard in 1:15:36 and David Sanctis in 1:16:26. Katie Strohschein was female winner in 1:29:28 with Kathy Rink second in 1:29:55. Gisele Tlusty was third in 1:30:10.
As the popularity of running continues to grow, so does the number of events held each year around the country. This is a good thing for the sport; however, as with all growth industries, there are inevitably going to be a few bad apples that can spoil a barrel, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) warns.
Molly Huddle has earned USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week honors for the second time in 2013 after breaking the women’s 12K world record Nov. 17 at the .US National Road Racing Championships in Alexandria, Va. As the event’s top female finisher, Huddle not only won the race, but her combined points total also earned her the USA Racing Circuit title.
– Punishing early paces led to blistering fast times, as a world best and an American record were set Sunday morning in historic Alexandria, Virginia at the .US National Road Racing Championships.
The .US National Road Racing Championships are the eleventh and final stop on the USA Running Circuit.