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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: 

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 

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