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Friday, 13 February 2015 17:54

Keitany Wins RAK International Half In WL 1:06:02

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Mary Keitany remains unbeaten after her mother break and won also the 9th RAK International Half Marathon (Ras Al Khaimah, UAE) for the third time in excellent world-leading time of 1:06:02. It’s the fourth-fastest time ever at legal courses. Second was Mamitu Daska in 1:06:27 (Ethiopian record) and Cynthia Limo third in 1:07:02, both of whom clocked personal bests. Also fourth Josephine Jepkoech as last under 1:10 with 1:07:32, also life-time high. Best European was Anne-Mari Hyrylainen of Finland as 9th in 1:17:46.  

 

Keitany attacked Florence Kiplagat’s 1:05:12 world record and for well past half-way, things were going according to plan. The diminutive 32-year-old passed 10k in 31:07 (Kiplagat 31:08), held the requisite tempo (3:05/km) till the 14th kilometre and at 15km (46:42), she was only 7 seconds down on Kiplagat’s mark from Barcelona. But while the Mary Keitany of late 2014 might have maintained the challenge, this 2015 version—very much focused on the London Marathon ten weeks away—had to give ground, covering the second 10km in 31:28 (Kiplagat, 30:48). Two kilometres later it became apparent that the target was now her course record (and then-world record) of 65:50, set in 2011. But while that slipped by too, the reason could well have been the need to focus on the race at hand, for 22-year-old Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia, proved a stubborn challenger when others had receded, and only lost ground on the would-be champion at around 17km. 

 

The men’s race didn’t unfold according to script with the first 5km hit in 14:33. With 10k reached in 28:56, it was natural to expect a surge, but when it did manifest itself, it was not decisive enough and the pack was still nine strong at 15km. Winner Ethiopian Mosinet Geremew clocked 1:00:05 ahead of five Kenyans: Daniel Wanjiru 1:00:06; Jonathan Maiyo 1:00:07; Edwin Kiptoo 1:00:10 (personal best); Mike Kigen 1:00:14; and favorite Eliud Kipchoge 1:00:50, who had dropped back at around 16km and struggled from there on. 

 

—EME News, with the help from release of the organisers

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 16:11

Priscah Jeptoo To Defend Her RAK Half Marathon Title

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The RAK Half Marathon in the UAE on February 13 will, yet again, feature a line-up of some of the top road runners in the world. In the women’s race, Priscah Jeptoo (66:11) will defend her title, while course record holder and two time winner Mary Keitany (65:50) will also return. Both athletes are building up for the London Marathon on April 26. Two more runners looking for more good fortunes in this race are 

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 17:55

Successful Inaugural Big Game 5K/10K in Las Vegas

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With unseasonably bright, sunny weather and the city’s only downtown 10K/5K course, the inaugural Big Game 10K attracted 1,000 runners and walkers to Las Vegas on a day (2/1) when some inspirational words from a Super Bowl champion helped fuel impressive performances.
 
The sun-splashed crowd came out sporting numerous jerseys of NFL teams and deflated footballs, and were treated to a rousing pre-race address from Az Hakim, a member of the 1999 Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams. Hakim, the honorary host for the first-year race, shared tips on what makes a successful team, then watched as the 10K runners took off from Carson and 8th Street in downtown Las Vegas.
Monday, 29 December 2014 20:27

U.S. Junior Record Set at Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

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SAN JOSE, Calif.   –  Alexa Efraimson, 17, shattered the previous U.S. 5K road record for Junior women (ages 19-and-under) with a time of 16 minutes and 8 seconds at the 10th Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot” in San Jose, Calif. on November 27, 2014 (Thanksgiving Day). Competing in the elite women’s section of the 5-kilometer race, the high school senior from Camas, Wash. placed ninth overall. The previous Junior record of 16:23 was set by U.S. standout Molly Huddle in 2002.

Back-to-back victories mark the first time ever for a consecutive repeat winner in the 12 year history of the race - Monterey, CA -- History repeated itself at today’s 12th Presentation of the Half Marathon on Monterey Bay.  The 2013 winner and runner up, Jacob Chemtai and Nelson Oyugi , took the one-two spots again at this year’s scenic race along the Monterey Bay.  Both male runners, members of the AmericaKenyan Running Club based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, welcomed female teammate Sarah Kiptoo as the women’s champion.

The Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon is the flagship event in the seven-race series, and has been selling out since 2009  -SONOMA, Calif. – A record number of people attempted to register for the 2015 Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon, presented by Newton Running, when registration opened on Friday, November 7th.  With nearly three times as many people trying to register as had ever before, many experienced a delay during the payment process, and others weren’t able to register at all.

2013 Champion, Jacob Chemtai, returning to defend title; Guor Marial, the “Man Without a Country,” also competing - MONTEREY, Calif. -   Organizers of the Half Marathon on Monterey Bay have upped the ante to draw some of the country’s fastest half marathoners.  A $20,000 prize purse is being awarded to the top eight male and female runners along with bonuses for the top three American runners. The race, to be held on Sunday, November 16 in Monterey, CA, also offers a new $500 bonus to any runner who qualifies for the US Olympic Marathon Trials with a time of sub-1:05 for men and sub-1:15 for women.

Rainy weather and new, tougher course don't deter 2,400 runners, wine and costumes abound - HEALDSBURG, Calif.  (Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014)- Sergio Reyes of Palmdale, Calif. and repeat winner Sara Hall of Flagstaff, Ariz. won the 7th edition Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon on Saturday, October 25. Sponsored by Newton Running and produced by Destination Races of Sonoma, the wine harvest and Halloween themed race hosted 2,400 runners from 40 states and 6 foreign countries. This late October run passed 25 wineries - two with wine stops - and featured a costume contest for runners at the post-race Wine & Music Festival. A much-needed fall rainstorm sporadically showered the runners on the new, tougher course, which didn’t seem to negatively effect the winners.

Registration still open for Run Hard Rock Cafe 5k - LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20, 2014—The So. Cal community is gearing up for Hard Rock Cafe’s 2nd annual Run Hard Rock Cafe 5K—the only 5K to shut down Hollywood Boulevard—on Saturday, November 8 to benefit My Friend’s Place, a local nonprofit dedicated to assisting and inspiring homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives.

Seven American athletes qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials; Event weekend welcomed more than 16,000 entrants in its 9th year - SAN JOSE, Calif. (October 5, 2014) - It was a warm morning in San Jose and Aaron Braun knew he had some competition out there. He came out ready to go and looking for the win.

Behind the strength of a strong surge into the lead just past the 11-mile mark, Braun, a 27-year-old from Alamos, Calif., ran in a close pack of five breaking down to two at mile 9. Braun’s tactics resulted in a strong lead to the finish line, crossing the tape in 1 hour, 2 minutes and 56 seconds.

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