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Wednesday, 11 November 2015 18:46

Goucher, Barno Take Big Sur Half Marathon Titles

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Two-time U.S. Olympian Kara Goucher and Kenyan Elisha Barno pulled away from deep fields to record the second-best race times ever and capture the overall titles ahead of nearly 7,000 runners at the 13th Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay. Both athletes, first-timers on the scenic course through downtown Monterey and Pacific Grove, California, proved they didn’t need experience on the mostly-flat route as both distanced their peers in the last five miles. 

A $20,000 purse of prize money and bonuses, the largest for a half marathon in the western U.S., was distributed among the top eight male and female runners and top three masters runners along with bonuses for the top three American finishers and any U.S. runner who qualified for the 2016 Olympic Marathon trials at the race.

Lenore Moreno wins her first half marathon ever running her first runDisney race; George Clooney and more than 32,000 runners create busy Mother’s Day Weekend at Disneyland Resort - ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 10, 2015) – Pixie power and persistence pushed Lenore Moreno to smash a race record by almost 9 minutes in the fourth Tinker Bell Half Marathon presented by PANDORA Jewelry at Disneyland Resort.  Looking much like a pixie herself, the five-foot, 24-year-old West Covina, Calif. resident flew by her competition, finishing in one hour, 15 minutes, 55 seconds. The former race record was 1:24:11.  She was also nearly nine minutes ahead of second-place finisher Ann Mazur of Charlottesville, VA (1:24:10). Anne-Marie Nuno of Irvine, Calif. came in third (1:24:21).

The management of legendary Haile Gebrselassie confirmed his retirement. Running legend Gebrselassie announced his retirement from competitive running at the Great Manchester Run where he ran his last competitive race. Haile Gebrselassie chose the Great Manchester Run for his last race as he always enjoyed this event which he has won five times.

“I am retiring from competitive running, not from running. You cannot stop running, this is my life. And I am still enjoying my farewell tour like today in Manchester,” said Gebrselassie. 

Saturday, 02 May 2015 16:34

Buon Compleanno ePodismo USA!

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California Track & Running News is a member of the Running Network LLC. Most of the partner publications are written in English (not surprising, I know), but we have one in Spanish and another in Italian. We thought it might be interesting to help celebrate ePodismo USA's first anniversary by introducing it to CTRN readers.
The May 2015 issue of "ePodismo USA", the electronic monthly publication featuring the very best of Italian running, is now available at The milestone issue marks the first year of publications for this newsletter specifically produced for the U.S. runners in love with Italy. 
Its format is simple - a selection of events hand-picked by ePodismo running staff members, an illustrated suggestion on training courses in Italy, the best photos from Italian races, a few articles of local running culture and what's new in the Italian running scene. The subscription is free.
"ePodismo USA" is an idea of "ePodismo". With over 430 issues over 39 years, "ePodismo" is one of the oldest running magazines in Italy.
Monday, 30 March 2015 17:34

Image Gallery: 2015 Carlsbad 5K

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Bernard Lagat shatters Masters world record; Oceanside’s Anne Garrett sets 80-84 age group world record; Greg Mitchell places first in the Masters Men’s Race; Marilyn Arsenault wins first in the Masters Women’s Race

Monday, 30 March 2015 17:27

Lalang, Dibaba Win 30th Carlsbad 5000

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Bernard Lagat shatters Masters world record; Oceanside’s Anne Garrett sets 80-84 age group world record; Greg Mitchell places first in the Masters Men’s Race; Marilyn Arsenault wins first in the Masters Women’s Race - CARLSBAD, Calif. (March 29, 2015) – The Carlsbad 5000, known as the “World’s Fastest 5K,” lived up to its name on Sunday. Kenya’s Lawi Lalang (right, photo credit Kent C. Horner) was the overall winner at the 30th edition on a picturesque Southern California day.  The 23-year-old cranked out an average-per-mile pace of 4 minutes, 22 seconds to break the finish-line tape at State Street and Carlsbad Village Drive in 13 minutes, 32 seconds. Lalang was a standout runner at the University of Arizona where he garnered numerous NCAA titles. Lalang prevailed over runner-up, Wilson Too (also from Kenya), by three seconds. Third place was earned by multi-Olympic and World Championship medalist Bernard Lagat who ran 13:41.

Ethiopia’s Dejen Gebremeskel looks to win 5th straight title at 30th edition of ‘World’s Fastest 5K’; Bernard Lagat, Diego Estrada lead U.S. runners at one of road racing’s iconic events - CARLSBAD, Calif.   – Recognized as the ‘World’s Fastest 5K’ with a storied history of 16 world records, no athlete in Carlsbad 5000 history has been more successful than Dejen Gebremeskel.

Genzebe Dibaba will be looking for her second world record of the year at the Carlsbad 5000 on Sunday where she will attempt to break Meseret Defar's world 5km record of 14:46  - Prolific record-breaker Genzebe Dibaba will be looking for her second record of the year when she lines up in the Carlsbad 5000 on Sunday (29).

All-American running couple with Cal Poly and Central Coast ties to be part of Saturday, April 25th Family Fitness Day as well as weekend events; register today to be part of the “Small Town, Big Race” experience on April 24-26, 2015  - SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (March 17, 2015) – The San Luis Obispo Marathon, Half Marathon + 5K presented by has announced that top U.S. running couple with Cal Poly and Central Coast ties Ben & Stephanie Bruce will be part of the weekend festivities including Family Fitness Day on Saturday, April 25th. The 4th event edition, a San Luis Obispo running tradition, will be held on April 24-26.

Monday, 23 March 2015 14:59

Mo Farah Sets 2 European Records in Lisbon

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British running star Mo Farah won the 25th jubilee edition of Lisbon Meia Maratona du Lisboa in new European record 59:32. The previous mark of Spanish Fabian Roncero is 59:52 from Berlin 2001.  The race started fast with an impressive pace of Wilson Too who clocked 21:44 at 8k before Kogo, Kibet, and Adola took the lead. Farah was back some 12 seconds. In second half, he speeded up and won ahead of Micah Kogo 59:33 and Stephen Kibet 59:58. Ethiopian Guye Adola was fourth 1:00:45. Best Portugal runner was Ricardo Ribas as 14th in 1:04:23. Farah was absolutely satisfied: 

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