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Eliud Kipchoge’s aim at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on September 16 this year is clear cut: to break his personal best. Given that he is the Olympic champion and acknowledged to be the number one for the distance in recent years, this suggests the 33-year-old Kenyan is ready to produce something special. His best is currently 2:03:05, set in winning the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon. This was eight seconds slower than the world record which remains in the possession of his compatriot Dennis Kimetto (2:02:57), when winning the 2014 race in Berlin. Kipchoge’s mental as well as physical prowess has suggested for some time that the world record is within his reach.

Ethiopians world-class runners dominated the Haspa Marathon Hamburg, taking all three places on the podium: Solomon Deksisa won with 2:06:34, the third fastest time ever in Hamburg. Debutant Tadu Abate took second with 2:06:54 while Ayele Abshero was third in 2:07:19. Kenya’s Solomon Yego finished fourth with 2:07:37 while the 2012 Olympic Champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda, was fifth in 2:07:57.

Photos: Winners Gilbert Yegon and Volha Mazuronak, credit: METRO Marathon Düsseldorf / Klaus-Dieter Weber - Volha Mazuronak produced the top performance at the METRO Marathon Düsseldorf as the Belorussian athlete ran a women's course record of 2:25:25. Mazuronak, the top European finisher in fifth place in the 2016 Olympic Marathon in Rio, dominated the race. The German runner Fabienne Amrhein was a surprise second placer, improving her best to 2:32:35. Her personal best was inside the team qualifying time for the European Championships in Berlin this summer. The Kenyan Rose Maru finished third in 2:33:55 with last year's women's champion Doroteia Peixoto Alves of Portugal fourth in 2:35:15.

(Gilbert Yegon, Hideyuki Ikegami, Germans Sebastian Reinwand and Fabienne Amrhein, Volha Mazuronak and Dereje Tulu (from left to right) at today’s press conference, photo: METRO Marathon Düsseldorf / Waldeck)The two fastest runners in the history of the METRO Marathon Düsseldorf will clash on Sunday when the race will see its 16th edition. Ethiopia’s Dereje Debele Tulu, who ran the current course record of 2:07:48 in 2013, will be challenged by Gilbert Yegon. The Kenyan was the winner of the METRO Marathon Düsseldorf a year later with a time of 2:08:07. This is the second fastest time ever run in Düsseldorf. Volha Mazuronak is the big favourite in the women’s race. The athlete from Belarus was fifth in the Olympic marathon in Rio 2016 and has a personal best of 2:23:54. If weather conditions are suitable she will attack the course record of 2:25:47 on Sunday.

Two-time race winner Clara Santucci and defending men’s champion Jacob Chemtai ready to capture another crown at 10th edition on Sunday, May 6 in the City of Champions

PITTSBURGH – Two-time winner Clara Santucci and defending men’s champion Jacob Chemtai will be seeking repeats against top international fields at the 2018 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, set for Sunday, May 6. This year’s 26.2 mile race features a prize purse of $57,000, including $8,000 for each race champion.

(Photo:Isabella Andersson, Stephen Chebogut, Emmanuel Mutai, Sammy Kitwara and Stephen Kiprotich (left to right) during the press conference in Hamburg. Credit: HochZwei / Haspa Marathon Hamburg) - Emmanuel Mutai hopes he will return to running fast again when he competes in the Haspa Marathon Hamburg on Sunday. The Kenyan is the fourth fastest marathon runner ever with a personal best of 2:03:13. In what is probably the strongest men’s elite field ever assembled in the history of Germany’s biggest spring marathon five men feature personal bests of sub 2:06. The field includes the Olympic Champion from London 2012, Stephen Kiprotich. However there are half a dozen runners in the race with faster personal bests than the Ugandan.

INDIANAPOLIS - Atlanta will host the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon for both men and women, USA Track & Field and the United States Olympic Committee announced Monday.

(Photos: VCM / Herbert Neubauer) Salaheddine Bounasser is the surprise winner of the Vienna City Marathon. In very warm weather conditions with temperatures well over 20 Celsius the Moroccan clocked a personal best of 2:09:29. As last year Ishmael Bushendich finished runner-up. The Kenyan ran 2:10:03 while fellow countryman Samwel Maswai took third in 2:11:08. World record holder Dennis Kimetto dropped out before the 25 k mark.

Eliud Kipchoge continues to defy the notion that runners only have a finite number of good marathons in their legs as he extended his record at the distance to 10 wins from 11 starts at the Virgin Money London Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race, on Sunday (22).

BY LARRY EDER
The 2018 Boston Marathon will, like the 1976 Boston Marathon, go down as a historical event. The wind, the rain, the sleet, the constant pounding made for one hellacious marathon. But, in discussions with coaches, athletes and observers, I see five important lessons to learn from this years' Boston marathon.
 
 
1. THE MORE YOU RACE BOSTON, THE MORE YOU LEARN ABOUT THE COURSE.
Desi Linden has run the Boston marathon six times as of April 16, 2018. That experience, that knowledge of how ones' body responds to the course, the downhills, the uphills and the competition. Desi Linden has seen everthing on the Boston course. Over the weekend, Desi noted, " I love the Boston marathon. It is THE marathon. I love the course. The Boston marathon is why I am still racing today." Linden became a student of the Boston marathon. She knew about the races that preceded her. She had lost by two seconds in 2011. Desi Linden knew, in her DNA what writer John Parker called the " Miles of Trial and the Trials of Miles."
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