7,700 women of all ages take part in Central Park half-marathon fun-run on sultry morning
from USATF 100TH RUNNING OF DRAKE RELAYS - Saturday, April 25, 2009 - Quotes
Alan Webb, winner, invitational mile, 4:00.61. Set Drake Relays record (3.51.71) in 2007. American record holder. Three time U.S. outdoor champion in 1500
Sun Apr 26, 2009 By Dave Ungrady / Universal Sports - After running a personal best by more than one minute at the Flora London Marathon on Sunday, American Dathan Ritzenhein found it difficult to savor the accomplishment.
“I’m disappointed with it,” he said by phone while getting a massage near the finish area some 10 minutes after finishing 11th in 2:10:00. “I was in 2:06-2:07 shape. I just have to figure out what the problem is.”
From RunBlogRun - The women's elite race in FLORA London this year featured two women: Irina Mikitenko and Mara Yamauchi...
Early in the women's race, along with the pace setter, the lead pack was Irina MIkitenko, the 2008 London Champion, Zhou Chunxiu of China, the Beijing bronze medalist, Mara Yamauchi, the sixth placer from Beijing, from Great Britian, and Mika Okunaga of Japan.
Catherine Ndereba, the silver medalist from Beijing, was in the second pack from early on.
From RunBlogRun - The race was changed last night when Martin Lel had to withdraw with a slowly recovering injury. However, I am not sure if anything could have stopped Mr. Wanjiru...
Run For Your Life to Produce 2009 Summer Breeze 5K
April 15, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Charlotte, NC -- The Summer Breeze 5K will continue! Lack of sponsorship threatened to cancel this year’s event, but Event Marketing Services, Inc., (EMS) the event production arm of Run For Your Life, has agreed to step in and produce the 2009 race which is scheduled for the evening of June 20th.
From IAAF, Berkeley, CA, USA - Kenyan Sam Chelanga held off a furious finish by Collis Birmingham of Australia in the Men’s 10,000m as both runners dipped under the 27:30 mark to highlight the first day of the Brutus Hamilton Invitational on Friday (24) in Berkeley.
Matui Wins "Battle of the Sexes" at the 10th Country Music Marathon, Russia's Tatiana Pushkareva takes the women's title
From Dan Cruz, courtesy Running USA wire - NASHVILLE, Tenn. - (April 25, 2009) - Amos Matui of Kenya won the Country Music Marathon on Saturday with a time of 2 hours, 13 minutes, 41 seconds and he also won the "Battle of the Sexes" event, earning a $10,000 bonus on top of the $10,000 winner's prize.
Thu Apr 23, 2009 By Dave Ungrady / Universal Sports - It’s been a few years since American Meb Keflezighi has run a marathon upon which he can reflect fondly.
Since finishing a respectable third in Boston in 2006 in 2:09:56, three seconds off his personal best in New York in 2004, injuries have stifled the Athens Olympic marathon silver medalist.
By Dick Patrick, USA TODAY - Alan Webb had run at the Penn Relays as a high school, college and professional athlete before he competed at the Drake Relays two years ago. His first time in Des Moines, was charmed. Webb surprised himself and the fans with a meet record mile of 3:51.71, catapulting him to an outstanding season that led to a U.S.
from USATF -INDIANAPOLIS - U.S. stars Stephanie Brown Trafton, Jeremy Wariner, Lolo Jones, Adam Nelson, Alan Webb, Christian Cantwell and Michelle Carter will headline the 100th running of the Drake Relays on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Thu Apr 23, 2009 By David Powell Universal Sports - London – In marathoning, as the top women get older, the best men grow younger. Consider the evidence of the Flora London Marathon, the race with the biggest buying power of the world’s established commercial marathons.
Thu Apr 23, 2009 By Reuters - LONDON (Reuters) -- Olympic champion Constantina Dita will continue to defy the years by attempting to win the women's London marathon on Sunday (0800 GMT) for the first time in eight attempts.
Wed Apr 22, 2009 By Dave Ungrady / Universal Sports - Ryan Hall, the top U.S. male marathoner, is still a relative novice in the event, as evidenced by recollections of his first experience at the Boston Marathon on Monday.
Monte-Carlo - The IAAF’s annual worldwide festival of youth, the IAAF World Athletics Day, one of the busiest programmes of competitions in the annual global Athletics calendar, remains as popular as ever, with 160 of the 213 IAAF Member Federations requesting to participate in 2009.
from USATF - INDIANAPOLIS - Kara Goucher has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after finishing third in the Boston Marathon Monday in Boston, Mass.
The 2007 World Outdoor 10,000m bronze medalist, Goucher took third in the women's marathon in 2 hours 32 minutes 25 seconds. It was the top finish for an American woman since Kim Jones took second in 1993.
Wed Apr 22, 2009 By Joe Battaglia / Universal Sports - The Drake Relays is set to celebrate its 100th anniversary this weekend in Des Moines, Iowa and the stars are turning out for the festivities. This year’s field of competitors promises to be the strongest ever, with the inclusion of a record 43 Olympians.
LONDON (Reuters) -- Olympic champion Sammy Wanjiru has targeted the men's world record in the London marathon on Sunday if conditions are favorable and the pace fast.
"My target is to break the world record," Wanjiru told a news conference on Wednesday. "Maybe on Sunday if the conditions and the pacemakers are right."
LONDON (AP) -- Martin Lel's bid to become the first runner to win the London Marathon four times has been hampered by an aching hip, although he still plans to run in Sunday's race.
The 30-year-old Kenyan, the two-time defending champion who also won in 2005, is due to have an MRI scan on the injury.
How do you know it's mid-April? Sunderland are engrossed in a relegation battle and the weather suddenly warms up as London prepares to welcome the world to its famous streets. It may be a sign of old age, but the marathon week seems to come round with ever increasing haste these days, which is in stark contrast to most of those set to line up on Sunday.