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Getu Feleke is top of the charts in build-up for Frankfurt - Getu Feleke is the man with the fastest credentials going into the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon on October 29. The 30-year-old Ethiopian has a highly impressive best of 2:04:50 and also ran a superb course record of 2:05:41 in the 2014 Vienna City Marathon. His compatriot Feyse Tadese is the fastest starter in the women’s field with the world class time of 2:20:27. The Mainova Frankfurt Marathon has been adding to its elite field in recent weeks and the full field has now been announced. In total the organizers expect around 14,500 participants for this IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Following were highlights of the day:

         * Approximately $1.2 million AND COUNTING was raised for Nationwide Children's Hospital during the 2017 event; for a total of approximately $7 million raised since the partnership with the event started in 2012;

         * Last year’s female ½ marathon winner, Susan Jerotich, had a repeat win, but in the full marathon

         * A field of approximately 18,000 participated from 47 different states and several countries

         * 24 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Patient Champions and their families were along 24 miles; one mile was the Angel Mile and was dedicated to the angels of Nationwide Children’s who have already run their race; and one mile was the Encore Mile for the more than 100 Patient Champions from previous races.

Thursday, 12 October 2017 13:37

Galen Rupp takes the Chicago Marathon with precision

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By Larry Eder
 
Galen Rupp wanted to be "invisible" in the race until after 22 miles. "And in the last four miles, you know, anything can happen."
 
And it did.
 
Between 35 kilometers and 40 kilometers, Galen Rupp took the field apart. The early pace was modest, as the field hit the half marathon in 1:06:11. The men just spent too much time watching each other and not enough trying to break the key players. Galen Rupp purposely did not lead early in the race. His attitude was as if this were a championship event, and for Galen Rupp, winning a World Marathon Major event was, and is a championship event.
 
Lots can go wrong over 26.2 miles. If one prepares with precision, then, one cuts down the number of things that can go wrong. Galen Rupp told us about a 25 mile run where he ran the first 20 at good pace and the final five at 4:30 per mile pace. "That gave me great confidence," noted Galen Rupp in the post race conference.
 
The 35th kilometer was run in 2:50, and the field of ten dropped to four, with Rupp, Lemma, Sambu and Kirui. Then, the race got intense. It was beautiful to watch.
 
As Abel Kirui, two time World champion, defending Chicago Champ, tried to control the race, Galen Rupp felt his opportunity. A 4:31 mile was followed by a 4:30 mile, which had been preceeded by a 4:36 mile. That 5k of 14:25 was the fastest in history on the course.
 
Galen Rupp ran his fastest kilometer, between 40-41 kilometers, with a blistering 2:38, and he ran to his first marathon win!
 
Galen Rupp was the first American male to win the Chicago Marathon since 2002! He has also won his first World Marathon Major in a exciting finish!
 
Now, it's off to the Field Museum for the Rupp family to check out some dinosaur bones.
By Larry Eder
 
The 2:20:57 run by Jordan Hasay in Chicago on Sunday, October 8, 2017 was historic. Jordan Hasay ran 2:23:00 in her marathon debut and shocked many. Truth is this, Jordan Hasay was made for the marathon, and Alberto Salzar knew that. Jordan Hasay is one of the guttiest runners I have ever seen, and she does not give an inch. In college racing she had great races and not so great races. She was not a happy camper when she did not do well, but that is okay.
 
As a professional athlete, Jordan raced over 5k and 10k, and she battled in every race. In 2016, she began her evolution into road running, but one wonders if that was Alberto Salazar's plan for the entire time.
 
In Houston in January 2017, Jordan ran 1:08:45 and opened many eyes. Her build up to Boston continued and her run there was flawless. I was happy to see her focus at the end of the race, against the world's best, and her gutty finish. And then, her summer of training prior to Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
 
Jordan Hasay is one of the kindest athletes to interview. She thanks media for their support of her story. She speaks well and thoughtfully.
 
But remember this, Jordan Hasay is a marathon gladiator. In the fine line of Joan Benoit Samuelson, Deena Kastor, Kara Goucher, Tirunesh Dibaba, Mary Keitany and Edna Kiplagat, these women dig in and fight for each and every meter. I recall running the 1980 Cascade Run Off, and getting absolutely dusted over the last 3k by Lorraine Moller, who gave the guys with her a lesson in downhill running, cranking 5:08 and 5:05. It opened my mind to just how amazing women distance runners were and are.
 
Jordan Hasay showed guts running 2:18:20 pace through half way, with Tirunesh Dibaba, who is moving her focus from the track the roads, in the lead. Jordan ran 2:20:57, the finest time by an American woman ever in North America, and breaking Joan Benoit Samuelson's 1985 American course record of 2:21:21.
 
What is Jordan Hasay's secret? Her amazing focus, her beliefs in herself? her support structure?
 
Jordan's Instagram account shows the detailed workouts that Jordan and Galen [Rupp] did for this race. That attention to detail, the core work, the long runs, the long temp runs, the work on the track all summer long gives these athletes a quiet confidence that they have done EVERYTHING to prepare for the race.
 
Jordan Hasay was happy and confident in her presser post race.
 
She has many more great races to run!

Professional athlete field to include 12 past champions, 22 Olympians, and 20 Paralympians from 29 different countries - New York, October 10, 2017 — Former champion Wilson Kipsang of Kenya and two-time runner-up Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia, who trains in the Bronx, have been added to the professional athlete field for the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 5.

Tatyana McFadden sets course record to capture her eighth victory and the “Silver Bullet” Marcel Hug defends his title - CHICAGO -- In today’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon, more than 43,000* runners, an event record, crossed the finish line in Chicago’s “front yard,” Grant Park. This year’s race celebrated 40 years of running history with participants from more than 100 countries and all 50 states. The inaugural Chicago Marathon started in Daley Plaza on September 25, 1977.

Jane Kibii repeats for women, blanket finish highlights USATF 10 Mile Championships - St. Paul, Minn. – October 1, 2017 – Dominic Ondoro won an unprecedented third straight Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon title, adding another accomplishment to his list of marathoning feats on Minnesota soil.  The 29-year-old Kenyan, who owns the course records at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and Grandma’s Marathon, clocked 2:11:53.

The morning after winning the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON for the second time in three years, Eliud Kipchoge was in reflective mood. Looking back on Sunday’s race which produced more than its fair share of surprises, he offered his assessment on the upsets provided by the event’s 44thedition: “Planning to run a marathon is like life, anything can happen. You can run fast today and tomorrow you run slow.”

Eliud Kipchoge confirmed his position as the world’s number one marathon runner by taking a dramatic win in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. The Kenyan clocked a world leading time of 2:03:32 after coming from behind. In difficult weather conditions with rain and high humidity the world record set by Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto in Berlin in 2014 with 2:02:57 was out of reach in the final part of the race. However Kipchoge can add another superlative to his collection: No one has ever run faster in such conditions. The 32 year-old clocked a „rain world record“ in Berlin on Sunday.

Gladys Cherono is the favourite of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday. She already won the race in 2015 with a world-class time of 2:19:25, going within 13 seconds of breaking the course record, set in 2005 by the Japanese Mizuki Noguchi (2:19:12). In this interview the 34 year-old Kenyan speaks about her form, the injury she suffered last year and her goals for Sunday.

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