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Sunday, 12 November 2017 22:29

SHALANE SUCCESS SHARED

By Carolyn Mather

 

Today Shalane Flanagan shared her success with 50,700 finishers and over 600 million viewers across the world who watched her race at the TCS New York City Marathon.A new footnote is that three American women went under 2:30 for the first time in race history.The finishers hailed from 125 nations and all 50 states.Race director, Peter Ciaccia stated that "New York was the center of the running world all weekend and held the greatest marathon in the world".Surely that echoed Shalane's feelings as she was still on an adrenaline high this morning having not slept and arising at 5:30am to appear on Good Morning America and with Kelly Ripa. She found herself eating pizza at 3:30am and reliving her dream come true.

 

I suspect she truly made her dream a reality for late finishers as she and Meb and a few other elites returned to the finish line late last evening to present medals to finishers. What an incredible treat that must have been for some unsuspecting but tired and elated runners.

 

 While having the winners present checks to their chosen charities this morning, the New York Roan Runners also honored Noah and Raine the first finishers in the kids race and had them present a check to Save the Children. Giving back is a way the NYRR awards $10,000 checks to the winners to donate to their favorite charity.

 

And although Meb was the story of the week, Shalane is the story of the moment.She has worked for this victory nearly all of her life. Having runners as parents set a model for her to pursue. She feels her parents and athletics have given her a never give up attitude and a strong work ethic.She stated that this job is "an all encompassing lifestyle that is 24/7".Right now she wants to live in the present moment and savor this victory and all of it's ramifications.She is feeling extreme joy,gratitude and validation. She views her victory as "the culmination of a lifetime of work".In 2010 she was second here and she quipped " it has taken seven years to move up one place".She called this race "my superbowl".

By Carolyn Mather
 
On a damp and chilly morning in New York City Shalane Flanagan held true to her promise to win the TCS New York City Marathon and added a crown jewel to her massive resume of American records and an Olymmpic silver medal. Returning to the marathon after her last marathon in August 2016 at the Olympic Marathon in Rio de Janeiro, she has suffered through a broken back and basically a year out of competition missing the world championship 10,000 track team by one place.
 
Yet today brought a redemption and a dream finally realized as she took the TCS New York City Marathon by storm and became the first female winner in forty years. Throughout the week she stayed firm in her belief that it was her time. Although the dominant,according to Shalane "alpha female" in the field was three time winner Mary Keitany, Shalane promised she would cover every move Mary or anyone else made to get that long awaited major marathon major title. Although that appeared somewhat of a potential suicide mission,her coach Jerry Schumacher said there was no specific plan except to do exactly that. 
 
Fortunately on this morning in the Big Apple, an Italian triathlete Sara Dossenna took the early lead after a 6:43 first mile and 12:41 at two miles. A fairly pedestrian 19:15 for 5K and 36:55 10K left a large pack of nineteen together, jostling for their special fluid bottles and waiting for the racing to begin. A pack of nine remained at 25K (1:30:08)and a few were seconds behind.They were still on a 2:32 pace which would not put undue strain on any of these women.
By Carolyn Mather
 
The title of this article comes from the concluding statement of Gabriele Grunewald at today's third annual AKTIV against cancer awards luncheon where Gabe was presented the Special Inspiration Award. AKTIV against cancer is an organization founded by nine time NYC Marathon Champion and Norwegian superstar Grete Waitz and current Executive Director Helle Aanesen in Norway in 2007. The organization has helped to create fifteen physical activity centers in cancer treatment hospitals throughout Norway and established an official presence in the United States in 2014.
 
Gabriele Grunewald, professional runner and amazing woman was diagnosed at age 22 with one of the rarest types of cancer-adenoid cystic carcinoma. Despite the diagnosis and now in her fourth battle with this disease, Gabe has continued as a top professional athlete and a woman of incredible strength and courage.
 
I have had the privilege of knowing Gabe as she ran for Brooks and Team USA Minnesota for many years. Gabe is the epitome of moving forward no matter what life throws your way as she has learned that life is not so simple. Although Gabe is not known for her distance running and contends at shorter distances than the marathon, she has found this battle is "my marathon" in life. She was not prepared for this journey but she has fought it with a tenacity found in committed runners. In fact the day after her initial diagnosis she donned her racing singlet and set a personal best on the track. This lady has the focus to do whatever needs to be done.
 
Although Gabe makes her living at running, she quickly learned that running is not life or death as life is full of uncertainty and we truly have to live in the present moment. It is all about perspective as my dear husband Steve told me many times.You have to continue to do what makes you feel alive. And despite the return of tumors after three surgeries and chemotherapy, Gabe has found that running is worth doing even if it is not perfect. "Running is my medicine" she stated as she is excited that she plans to race indoors in 2018.Her statement of "plans are when dreams are realized" gives her hope for the future.
 
Gabe has discovered with only 600 cases of this type of cancer in the United States, that there has been no research on this. So she has become "a lab rat" willing to try whatever the doctors entrusted with her care recommend. She has been making frequent trips to Sloan Kettering in New York City for her immunotherapy treatment and although that is now done and she moves on to a type of radiation therapy at the Mayo Clinic which is closer to her home in Minneapolis, there has been some necrosis in the tumors in her liver.
Thursday, 09 November 2017 15:10

MOLLY HUDDLE RETURNS TO THE BIG APPLE

By Carolyn Mather

 

American record holder and Olympian Molly Huddle is in New York City this week to honor Gabe Grunewald as she received the Special Inspiration Award at the 3rd Annual Activ against cancer luncheon, to support her sponsor Saucony and to race the USATF Championship Dash to the Finish 5K on Saturday before the main event, the TCS New York City in Marathon on Sunday which she ran in her debut marathon in 2016 with a third place podium finish in 2:28:13. Molly had decided to forgo a fall marathon thinking she would not have time to get ready after concentrating on her summer track season. She realized a bit too late that she probably could have raced a fall marathon but she will now put all of her focus on a spring marathon(to be announced in December).

 

Molly decided at the last minute to race the 5K and get back to racing following a break from her outdoor track season. After this she plans to race the Manchester Road Race (4.738 miles) on Thanksgiving Day then move to the Houston Half Marathon in January as she gets into serious marathon training. Having lost her marathon training partners of Olympians Amy Cragg and Kim Smith, she has been training with Emily Sisson and several other up and coming "youngsters" who she figures she is "mom" to them. At age 33 Molly is hardly that old and well suited to have continued success on the roads and to providing insightful guidance to "her children". 

By Rich Sands, @sands
(c) 2017 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved, used with persmission
 
NEW YORK (05-Nov) -- In what she hinted might be the final marathon of her career, Shalane Flanagan became the first American to win the TCS New York City Marathon in 40 years with a commanding surge over the final three miles. The men's race featured a similarly strong finish from Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor, who held off a mad dash from countryman Wilson Kipsang to score his first-ever marathon win.
 
 
CAUTIOUS START FOR THE WOMEN
 
The women's field set off 30 minutes prior to the masses, with an extremely cautious tempo. The pack hit the 5-K in 19:12, barely under 2:42 pace, and at halfway (1:16:18) there were still 15 athletes in contention. Three-time defending champion Mary Keitany of Kenya made periodic attempts to force the pace but the pack continuously regrouped, clicking off splits mostly in the 5:35-5:45 per mile range.
 
It wasn't until the 21st mile, going over the Madison Avenue Bridge crossing from the Bronx into Manhattan, that the race started taking shape. Keitany, Flanagan and Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia pulled away down Fifth Avenue, quickly gapping Kenyan Edna Kiplagat and American Kellyn Taylor.
 
The lead trio ran the 22nd mile in 5:09 before Flanagan started her hard drive to the finish. As they entered Central Park in the 23rd mile, the gap continued to grow and it was apparent that Keitany did not have the spark in her legs that brought her a women's only world record of 2:17:01 in London this past April. Flanagan covered the segment from 35K to 40K in a blistering 15:57 and cruised home waving her fists to the crowd (and letting out an apparent jubilant expletive). She crossed the line in 2:26:53 with tears in her eyes.
 
The last American woman to top the podium in New York was the late Miki Gorman, back in 1977. Flanagan also became the first American woman to win an Abbott World Marathon Majors race since 2006 when Deena Kastor finished first in London.
 
Keitany came across second in 2:27:54, with Daska (2:28:08) holding on for the third podium spot. The U.S. had three more athletes in the Top 10, with Allie Kieffer (2:29:39 PB), Taylor (2:29:56) and Stephanie Bruce (2:31:44) placing 5th, 8th and 10th, respectively. Kieffer's breakthrough performance was a remarkable improvement on her PR 2:44:44, run indoors on a 200-meter track at New York City's Armory in 2016.
By Rich Sands, @sands
(c) 2017 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved, used with permission
 
NEW YORK (04-Nov) -- The men's and women's USATF 5-K road championships could not have played out more differently here this morning in Central Park. While Shadrack Kipchirchir only snatched the men's win in the final strides, Molly Huddle took control early and had a solo run to her 25th national title, breaking her own course record. The race was held in conjunction with the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5-K, which finishes over the same final stretch of roadway that will host the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday.
 
The men's race set off first from the United Nations on a cool morning (49F/9C), with the entire field in a giant pack for most of the first three kilometers, through midtown and into the park. Virginia Tech grad Tommy Curtin moved to the front with less than a mile to go and started accelerating, with Hassan Mead and Ben True close behind. Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo began to sneak up on the inside as the road curved north towards the uphill finish, which triggered another surge from Curtin with 200 meters to go as the still sizable field ascended the final climb to the tape.
 
In a mad sprint to the line, Curtin and Kirubel Erassa nearly tangled while Kipchirchir timed his kick best, coming through to grab the win in 13:57. Curtin, Erassa and Chelimo were all one second behind and the first 11 finishers were separated by less than seven seconds. It was the second USATF title of the fall for the 28-year-old Oklahoma State grad, who took the 10-mile championship as part of the Medtronic TC event in Minneapolis on October 1.
From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS 
 
Kimetto for Honolulu
HONOLULU (USA): World marathon record-holder Dennis Kimetto will compete in the Honolulu Marathon on 10 December, informs organisers. Kimetto lined up in the Chicago Marathon last month but was a DNF due to injury. The field also includes reigning champion and course record-holder Lawrence Cherono and former champion Wilson Chebet.
 
Lavillenie thinks 2024
PARIS (FRA): Renaud Lavillenie hasn’t ruled out competing on home soil at the 2024 Olympics in Paris (at the time of the Games will be nearly 38) and is also hoping to assume a role in the Organising Committee, informs insidethegames.biz. “I have no idea how I can be involved - I am pretty sure I will be involved as a role model at least, and maybe I can be involved also inside the Organising Committee. I think I will not be retired when the Games come here. My goal for the Paris 2024 Olympics for sure is to be part of the athletes' team,” he said.
 
 
OTHER NEWS
 
NAIROBI (KEN): World 1500m champion Elijah Manangoi has spoken of how the disappointment of not making the Kenyan team for the 2013 World Championships persuaded him to move directly up from 400m, for which he had a PB of 47.33. “When I was training for the 400 metres I would always do well in the endurance sessions and I could easily run 3x800 (in training),” he told the IAAF. “I also remember my old coach Colm O’Connell telling me I could one day become world 1500 metres champion. I was so disappointed not to make another team (for the 400m) I told my coach (Bernard Ouma) I want to try the 1500. My coach said, ‘no, try the 800 metres first’ but I knew in my heart I needed to go directly to the 1500 metres.” Manangoi is aiming to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next April.
 
NAIROBI (KEN): Hellen Obiri has said she believes she has been consistent enough in 2017 to deserve a place on the short-list for the IAAF Athlete of the Year, informs the Daily Nation. “I was consistent whole year, winning the World title besides running two fastest times this year in Rome (14:18.37) and Shanghai (14:22.47) in 5000m. It’s not fair at all but that inspires me to perform even better next season,” she said. Obiri is targeting the 3000m at the World Indoor Championships and the 10,000m at the Commonwealth Games next year.
 
MOSCOW (RUS): President of the All-Russia Athletics Federation Dmitry Shlyakhtin has said they will not meet with the IAAF Taskforce again until after the next IAAF Council meeting on 25-26 November when chairman Rune Andersen will provide an update on Russia’s progress towards reinstatement, informs Sport Express.
 
MOSCOW (RUS): All-Russia Athletics Federation president Dmitry Shlyakhtin hopes to pay any outstanding debts owed to athletes before the end of 2017, informs Sport Express. “At the moment, VFLA has certain debts to athletes. Our federation is going through a difficult period, the amount of funding by the sponsors in connection with the doping scandals has significantly decreased. But our athletes continue to be our main value. We are working to resolve this issue. In particular, we now form a strong board of trustees of the federation. We expect to pay all by the end of 2017.” said Shlyakhtin.
 
FRANKFURT (GER): Heptathlete Claudia Salman-Rath is making good progress after a knee operation and is aiming to return in time for the Gotzis Hypo-Meeting in May, informs Leichtathletik.de. Salman-Rath is aiming to resume full training in mid-December and her first training camp is scheduled for Tenerife in January. Salman-Rath is focusing solely on the heptathlon at the European Championships in Berlin but she would also like to contest the long jump at the 2020 Olympics.
 
BERLIN (GER): Franziska Reng has talked of how a fall in the first half of the Frankfurt Marathon last month affected her badly during the race, leichtathletik.de reports. Despite finishing 13th in a PB and European Championships qualifying time of 2:34:57, the German said her knee was numb and she had to alter her gait. "It's the hardest thing I've done in my life so far,” she said.
 
MINSK (BLR): Despite missing the 2017 season due to illness, hammer thrower Ivan Tikhon is aiming to return to competition next season and plans to compete through until 2020 when he will be 44, informs the BFLA. “All preparations are directed to participate in the European Championship-2018, which will be held in August in Berlin. The most important of my goals is to participate in the Olympic Games in 2020,” he said.
 
BEIRUT (LBN): Dominic Ruto will offer the sternest challenge to defending champion Edwin Kiptoo at the Blom Bank Beirut Marathon title on November 12, Xinhua news agency writes. Ruto, who clocked a PB of 2:09:08 for second in Rome this year, said: “My training for the Beirut marathon has been quite good so far. I skipped a race in China in September but I got a tendon injury and I had to reschedule my plans. Recent workouts have gone well giving me a feeling that I can try to be competitive.”
 
ABUJA (NGR): Individuals in Nigeria have raised alarm over a claimed lack of funding for the country’s athletes’ preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, according to The Guardian (of Nigeria). The story’s headline suggests Nigeria’s participation in the Gold Coast event is in jeopardy.
 
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Voting is open to the public for USATF’s annual Wing Awards, which honour the country’s top track, field and running performances. Until November 13, fans can vote via an online form. The winners will receive their honours at the Jesse Owens Awards Banquet on December 2, at the USATF Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio.
 
AKRON (USA): The University of Akron track and field programme will host the sixth Annual Pole Vault Convention at Stile Athletics Field House from 6-7 January.
 
TALLINN (EST): Estonian discus thrower Martin Kupper will start co-operation with the Olympic winner Gerd Kanter and trainer Indrek Tustit. This also means he will end the cooperation with Alexander Tammert which started in 2012. Kanter welcomed this decision and said: "My age needs a motivating training partner."
 
LAUSANNE (SUI): The best broadcast coverage of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 was celebrated on Tuesday evening in Lausanne as the IOC announced the winners of the prestigious Golden Rings Awards. The winners of the night were Brazil’s SporTV – part of host broadcaster of Rio 2016 Globo Group - who picked up the award for Best Olympic Programme and a host of other recognitions while NBC of the United States went home with three Golden Rings for Best Olympic Feature, Best Olympic Profile and Best Olympic Digital Service. The BBC picked up the award for the The Best On-Air Promotion for a unique build up to its Rio 2016 coverage that included Brazil’s diverse wildlife competing in Olympic disciplines. Informs the AIPS.
 
COLORADO SPRINGS (USA): USADA announced that former triple jumper Kenta Bell (40) a coach in the sport of track and field, has accepted a lifetime ban for engaging in and orchestrating prohibited doping conduct as the coach of the Thinking Feet Track Club. Bell committed a prior anti-doping rule violation in 2007 while competing as a track and field athlete. Bell was Olympic Games 2004 finalist and World finalist in 2003 and 2005.
April 14-15, 2018 Running Festival in downtown San Jose to support the Silicon Valley Education Foundation; best-in-class finisher’s swag; Series registration opens on Tuesday 10/17.
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. – (October 12, 2017) – San Francisco Bay Area event organizers, Represent Running, has announced the inaugural 2018 Silicon Valley Half (SV Half) on April 14-15 to be held in the Capital of Silicon Valley and in support of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF). The weekend long running festival will feature a Half Marathon, 10K and 5K as well as a post-race party celebrating Silicon Valley artists, music, food trucks, craft beer and wine. Half finishers will also receive sweet finisher’s swag including a medal, quarter zip tech shirt and a first of its kind “Runner’s Bag.”
 
“The entire Represent Running team grew up in the Bay Area and it has been our dream to create Silicon Valley’s signature sporting event,” said J.T. Service, Founder of Represent Running. “Silicon Valley dreams big, so for this event, we also believe that dreaming big should start at a young age. By partnering with SVEF as our official charity, each participant will know that they are supporting the educational success of all students in Silicon Valley.”
 
“Everyone at SVEF is so excited to be partnering with Represent Running for the Silicon Valley Half! San Jose is overdue for a great local event like this...especially one where our school district partners can get students and staff involved in something fun, that also promotes health and wellness” commented Manny Barbara, SVEF Interim CEO and Vice President, Advocacy and Thought Leadership.
 
Registration for the entire Represent Running Series including the San Jose 408k, Across the Bay 12k and East Bay 510k will open on Tuesday, October 17th at 10:00am at www.run408k.com
 
Interested participants can also join the mailing list now at www.svhalfmarathon.com for the opportunity to be the first athletes to register online at an exclusive founder’s rate pricing on Tuesday, October 24th.
 
For more information on participating, partnering or sponsoring the event visit: www.representrunning.com
 
ABOUT REPRESENT RUNNING
Since 2012, Represent Running has brought locally produced events to the San Francisco Bay Area celebrating its runners, artists, and the unique diversity of each region. Its annual Series of events includes the San Jose 408K Race to the Row (March), Silicon Valley Half (April), Across the Bay 12K & 415K (July) and The East Bay 510K (September). For more information, visit RepresentRunning.com.
 
ABOUT SILICON VALLEY EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. SVEF drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. SVEF is a catalyst for policy solutions in public education. For more information, visit svef.com.
 
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From USATF
 
NEW YORK – One of the most iconic figures in women’s sports, Kathrine V. Switzer, will be among the headline honorees at USATF’s Black Tie & Sneakers Gala on November 2 at the Armory Track & Field Center in Upper Manhattan. Switzer will receive USATF’s Pioneer Award in honor of her groundbreaking, lifelong work in women’s running.
 
Switzer etched her name in history when she became the first woman to officially complete the Boston Marathon in 1967, but she has done anything but slow down in the ensuing 50 years. With an indelible record as a champion runner, founder of women’s road races, author, activist, television commentator, and philanthropist, she has been among the most consistently visible and high-profile advocates for women’s sports over the last half-century.
 
The native New Yorker won the 1974 New York City Marathon, which was then held entirely in Central Park.  On November 5, she will once again compete in the race.
 
“I am so honored to be given this award, and I accept it on half of the millions of women who have had their lives so wonderfully enhanced by running,” said Switzer, who in April also ran the Boston Marathon in celebration of the 50th anniversary of her history-making feat. “Helping make that happen has been the greatest gratification of my life. It’s especially sweet to be running the TCS NYC Marathon the year I receive this award. It’s the first time I will be running though the five boroughs!”
From USATF, 10/5/2017
 
Joy Upshaw (Lafayette, CA) broke the American women’s 55-59 100m record with a 13.27 at the Sri Chimnoy Self-Transcendence Masters Meet near Los Angeles to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.Upshaw, 56, lowered the previous record of 13.30, set in 2002 by Phil Raschker.
 
Other notable performances: 
Shadrack Kipchirchir — Kipchirchir outleaned Leonard Korir to win the men’s USATF 10 Mile Championships in Minneapolis in 47:33. The World Championships 10,000m ninth-placer won his first U.S. title.
 
Sara Hall — Hall won her first USATF Running Circuit race of the year, capturing the women’s 10 Mile title in 53:43 in Minneapolis, two seconds ahead of runner-up Natasha Rogers.
 
Joseph Gray — Gray won his 13th national title, finishing first at the USATF Trail Half Marathon Championships in Hayward, Wisconsin. Gray’s time of 1:10:11 put him 40 seconds ahead of the next finisher.
 
Ashley Brasovan — Running her first trail race, Brasovan won the women’s USATF Trail Half Marathon in Hayward by more than five minutes, finishing in 1:18:30.
 
Roy Englert — Englert, 95, crushed the American 5K Record for Men 95-99 by eight minutes at the USATF 5K Masters Championships in Syracuse, clocking 40:40.
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