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Two-time Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon winners Chris Mocko and Devon Yanko ascended the winners platform yet again at today’s 37th Annual Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon. Mocko, age 28, of Folsom, Calif., who previously won the race in 2011 and 2012, emerged victorious in the men’s race with a time of 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 6 seconds. Yanko (née Crosby-Helms), 32, of San Anselmo, Calif. dominated the women’s field after previously emerging victorious at the Napa Valley Marathon (NVM) in 2007 and 2012. The winners headed a sold-out field of 3,000 entrants who were greeted by blue skies, little wind, and ideal temperatures in the low 40sF rising to around 60 degrees F by the 6-hour finish cut-off time.
In the men’s race, a threesome composed of Mocko, 2013 NVM men’s champion Kevin Pool (Folsom, Calif.), and Ron Young (Reno, Nev.) navigated the early miles of the rolling, point-to-point 26.2 mile course from Calistoga to Napa together, hitting the 6-mile split in 33:19. Young soon fell off the pace to an eventual seventh place finish as Mocko and Pool proceeded in lockstep, hitting halfway 13.1 miles) in 1:12:25 and 18 miles in 1:38:55.
“I was told by my coach, Christo Landry, to take it as easy as possible today because I’m running a 50K next weekend and we’re in a buildup for a half marathon in April with a goal of qualifying for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials,” Mocko said. “So, I was hoping to have a nice easy race today, but Pool decided to make it a more aggressive pace.”
At the halfway point, the pair started picking up the clip, lowering the pace from 5:30 to 5:20.
“Having Pool with me made a huge difference, especially on the hill at mile 20,” said Mocko. “It didn’t even seem like a hill. But, all I could think about was that this isn’t what the coach wanted. I know how talented Kevin is, and knew that if I took it easy I’d be conceding the win and wine to him.”
The Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon rewards male and female open and masters winners with oversized bottles of wine etched with their championship accomplishments. The male and female winners of the race also receive their “weight-in-wine” donated by Clif Family Winery.
At mile 23, Mocko finally opened up a bit of a gap on Pool.
“I just tried to keep myself as close as possible (to Mocko), but I knew that if he continued at that pace I probably wasn’t going to catch him,” said Pool, who, like Mocko, is also focusing on a qualifying time for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. “But in a marathon, anything can happen.”
In this case, Mocko remained strong, hitting the finish line at Napa’s Vintage High School in 2:23:06, followed by Pool in 2:23:42. Kosuke Amano (30, San Diego, Calif.) was third in 2:31:18.
Unlike the men’s race, the women’s competition turned into a one-woman affair dominated by Yanko. Michelle Meyer, the NVM women’s champion in 2013, fell off Yanko’s pace early, leaving the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier and accomplished ultra distance runner on her own. Yanko continued unchallenged to a 2:45:45 victory and an 8th place overall finish.
“I felt confident today,” said Yanko who struggled to a third place finish in 2014, running 2:52:54. “In last year’s race every step was a struggle and I was in tears because I was just coming off being severely anemic. My coach has given me the OK to try for a 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying time at the Pittsburgh Marathon in May. And I’d like to PR in the marathon this year.”
Yanko’s current personal best at the marathon distance is 2:38:55.
Meyer, who has struggled with a recent injury on top of a heavy study schedule, is in her fourth year of medical school at University of California, San Francisco, finished second in 2:51:43. After she graduates in May, she will begin her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Anna Denn (Salem, Ore.) was third in 2:54:11.
Both overall winners, Mocko and Yanko, were crowned Road Runners Club of America Western Region marathon champions. The marathon served as Road Runners Club of America’s 2015 Western Regional Marathon Championship.
The Masters (age 40 and over) titles were earned by Mason Myers (45, Carmichael, Calif.) in 2:41:26 and Anne Cottrell (44, St. Helena, Calif.) in 3:01:44.
In the accompanying Greater Kiwanis Club of Napa 5K Run, Evan Sparling (28, San Francisco, Calif.) in 15:499 and Alyson Barrett-Ryan (36, San Francisco, Calif.) in 19:09 emerged as victors.
All proceeds from the Napa Valley Marathon (a non-profit organization) are donated to local charities in the Napa Valley.
Full race results for the Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon are available on the event’s web site at

LA MARATHON LLC has announce the largest-ever men’s and women’s professional field for the running of the 2015 ASICS LA Marathon on Sunday, March 15 with the addition of two premier U.S. long distance runners, Ryan and Sara Hall, who will both run the “Stadium to Sea” course for the first time. 

The 30th edition of the ASICS LA Marathon includes a robust line-up of 61 American elites vying for the 2015 USA Track & Field Marathon Championships, which will take place within the annual race. Many of those Americans competing in the 2015 USATF Marathon Championships will gain experience in Los Angeles before returning to the city for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon on February 13, 2016. 

“This is shaping up to be one of the most competitive fields in the history of the marathon,” said Tracey Russell, Chief Executive of LA MARATHON LLC. “On both a national and international level, the breadth of talent is at an all-time high to set the stage for a historic race.” 

The pursuit of the 2015 USATF Men’s Marathon Championship will be an aggressive one, with 35 American men competing for the title. Two-time U.S. Olympian Ryan Hall, who holds the fastest American marathon time (2:04:58), will be taking the men’s competition to new heights. 

In 2008, Ryan won the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon in a record 2:09:02 in New York qualifying to run the marathon at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Hall finished second in the 2012 Olympic Team Trials in Houston, Texas with a time of 2:09:30, securing a spot on his second Olympic team. With a time of 59:43, Hall is also the American record holder for the half marathon. 

“We are proud to continue our long-term partnership with the ASICS LA Marathon, a premier date on the running calendar, which takes place here in our own backyard in Southern California,” said Kevin Wulff, ASICS America Group President and CEO. “This is an incredibly impressive elite field and we wish all the best to ASICS athletes Ryan and Sara Hall, Shadrack Biwott and Becky Wade, and to all of the runners and spectators who will be part of this historic 30th edition race.” 

Some of the additional exciting runners to keep an eye on are Americans Jared Ward, runner-up of the 2014 Twin Cities Marathon and Shadrack Biwott, USA Running Circuit Overall Champion in 2013. Sergio Reyes, Patrick Rizzo and Carlos Trujillo will round out the top competitors for the U.S. men’s field. 

The international men’s athletes are equally as talented, as 15 of the top elite runners sport a sub 2:12:30 personal best. Lani Rutto of Kenya, who has valuable course experience as runner-up of the 2014 ASICS LA Marathon, will return for a second chance at the title. 

In the American women’s field, 2012 U.S. Cross Country Champion Sara Hall will make her marathon debut coming off of a half marathon winning streak, clinching the Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half, the San Jose Half Marathon, the Healdsburg Wine Country Half, the Dallas Half Marathon and setting a personal best of 1:10:46 at the USATF Half Marathon Championships in Houston, Texas this month. Hall will race against the world’s fastest contenders, including Janet Bawcom, a 2012 Olympic 10,000-meter runner, who achieved a marathon personal best of 2:29:45 at the 2012 Olympic Trials. 

Olympian Nuta Olaru, the reigning champion of the Big Sur Marathon in 2012-2014, is also in the field, as is Becky Wade, winner of the Cal International Marathon in her 2013 marathon debut. They will be challenged by Alissa McKaig, Heather Lieberg and Melissa White for the 2015 USATF Marathon Championship title. 

Headlining the international women’s field are accomplished Ethiopian runners Misiker Demissie and Konjit Biruk, who hold the third and fourth fastest times in the field, respectively. 

For the complete list of the professional field for the 2015 ASICS LA Marathon, please visit 

CTRN's Note: The ASICS LA Marathon is 95% full and a sellout is expected shortly, so if you haven't registered yet, it's time!


America’s most notable running couple, Ryan and Sara Hall, will run the race for the first time and compete for the 2015 USATF Marathon Championships titles - LOS ANGELES (January 26, 2015) —LA MARATHON LLC announced today  the largest-ever men’s and women’s  professional field for the running of the 2015 ASICS LA Marathon on Sunday, March 15 with the  addition of two premier U.S. long distance runners, Ryan and Sara Hall, who will both run the “Stadium to Sea” course for the first time.

This is the special color version of the SKECHERS GOmeb Speed 3, that Meb Keflezighi will be racing in Houston on Sunday, January 17. SKECHERS has shown that, by improving the quality of their product, focusing their sports marketing on two highly visible athletes and doing key events with focus, traction can be gained in running specialty. Funny that, four years ago, I listened to store owners ask if SKECHERS would stay in the sport. I believe that they are giving running stores their answer with their presence in Houston.  —Larry Eder,
Skechers Performance Elite Athlete Meb Keflezighi to Run the Aramco Half Marathon
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (January 15, 2015)--Skechers Performance will proudly return to Houston, Texas on January 18, 2015 as the official footwear and apparel sponsor of the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Half Marathon. Skechers Performance will be exhibiting at the coinciding expo, January 16-18, 2015 where it will debut a limited edition apparel and footwear collection. The division is also excited to announce Meb

Skechers Performance Elite Athlete Meb Keflezighi to Run the Aramco Half Marathon - MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (January 15, 2015)—Skechers Performance will proudly return to Houston, Texas on January 18, 2015 as the official footwear and apparel sponsor of the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Half Marathon. Skechers Performance will be exhibiting at the coinciding expo, January 16-18, 2015 where it will debut a limited edition apparel and footwear collection. The division is also excited to announce Meb Keflezighi will be running in the Aramco Half Marathon. Meb will join a host of Skechers Performance special guests comprised of athletes, brand ambassadors and international invitees from around the world.

The world's greatest men's marathon runners will go head-to-head over the marathon distance for the first time when they clash at the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 26 April, the race organisers announced today.


Former world-record holder Wilson Kipsang will defend

Boston Marathon is the most iconic marathon in the world. It is where, quite frankly, all of this craziness over 26.2 miles, for the masses really started. And, 2015 is opening with the BAA announcing an American field worthy of the races' stature and presence in our sport! 
Meb Keflezighi has cemented himself as one of the most significant American marathoners in our sport, a man who races well over cross country, the roads and the track. His AR at 10,000m, from 2001, still sends chills down my spine. 
Shalane Flanagan is a runners' runner. Her gut shows out in each and every race. She gave it her all in Boston and Berlin. And she will break 2:20 one day. Her track racing and cross country background show that she is meant for marathon greatness! 
Boston week is one of my most important weeks of the year. It will be even more so in 2015. 
—Larry Eder,
By David Monti
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(07-Jan) -- Reigning Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi and Olympic bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan will lead the home-country charge at the 119th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 20, race organizers announced this morning.

Keflezighi, 39, from San Diego, Calif., became the first American man to win Boston in 31 years last year when he broke away in the first half, ran most of the race alone, and was never caught.  He held off Kenya's Wilson Chebet in the homestretch on Boylston Street to win in a career best 2:08:47.  He'll try to become the first American since Bill Rodgers in 1980 to 

Southern California Native to Elevate Popular Southern California Island Race to National Levels of Exposure - CLAREMONT, Calif. – (Jan. 5, 2015) – Spectrum Sports Management, the leading Southern California-based sports management event production and sponsorship agency, announces details surrounding the signing of Nick Arciniaga as the “Run Catalina 2015” event marathon ambassador.

Marube, Beynon half-marathon champions; 6th edition draws more than 4,000 entrants to run America’s Riviera - SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (November 8, 2014) – At the 6th Select Staffing Santa Barbara Veterans Day Marathon on a warm, cloudless postcard Saturday morning, Sammy Cheruiyot Mutai, 36, of Kenya and Paige Burgin, 22, from Los Alamitos, Calif. claimed titles in 2 hours, 31 minutes, 40 seconds and 3:06:39, respectively, while two-time Santa Barbara Marathon champion Moninda Marube, 35, of Kenya and Rita Beynon, 35, of Santa Barbara won the half-marathon , clocking 1:13:31 and 1:27:29. The community running event, the largest in Santa Barbara, drew 4,000 entrants and more than 3,100 finishers who ran from Goleta Valley to the new, spectacular Santa Barbara waterfront finish line at Leadbetter Beach.

Top American Jeffrey Eggleston sets new course record of 1:04:12; Katja Goldring wins women’s race; Notable runners at Halloween themed event included television personalities Michelle Beadle, Carrie Kegan and Actress Andrea Barber - LOS ANGELES (Sunday, Oct 26, 2014) - On a Chamber of Commerce race morning, complete with cloud-cover hugging the Los Angeles skyline, Jeffrey Eggleston proved to be the lonesome runner.

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