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(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).

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.
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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No one deserved to be the first American woman to win Boston since another Michigander Lisa Larsen Weidenbach in 1985 than Desiree Linden. She has placed well here in each of her races including her second place finish by two seconds in 2011. Desi's first trip here in 2007 had conditions nearly as bad as today. But today's weather of near freezing temperatures, strong headwinds and periods of torrential rain and even hail led every athlete on the course to the ultimate test.
I have been attending this marathon for forty years and today's weather was absolutely the worst ever imagined. The professional women started off at 9:32am and the first mile was passed in 6:24. A huge pack held together for many miles as no one was particularly keen on taking the lead although Bezunesh Deba and Mamitu Daska took the lead several times then came back to the pack.
Des Linden is a unique athletic archetype in our American running culture. Well liked, with a self-deprecating sense of humor, keen observation skills and a work ethic surpassed by only Joan Benoit Samuelson in her heyday, Linden took all of those skills and built a win today in Boston yesterday. Her win was the result of a combination of her skills and her desire.
A digression.
The 1968 Olympic decathlon champ, Bill Toomey, gave me the following theory. The one who wins an athletic competition is the one who covets the event the most. In 1968, Toomey practiced the high jump in the rain in Santa Barbara, telling himself that it might rain in Mexico City. Sure enough, it did. His vault poles were lost in transist, but that was another story.
Des Linden has run five Boston marathons. That experience helped her in her sixth Boston marathon. She had ground out some serious miles and workouts. She had run some cold, long runs in Michigan, and she probably had some runs that beat her utp more than Boston in 2018. Perhaps most of all, Linden coveted this race—his crazy race from Hopkinton to Boston—more than anyone else in the elite field.
David Hunter gets that across as he builds the argument that Linden put all of her talents together to win the 2018 Boston Marathon. When later asked if his athlete could have won Boston if it had been better conditions, Coach Kevin Hanson, the zen master of coaching, noted, “But the conditions were not better.” Enough said.

Yuki Kawauchi and Desiree Linden were the winners of a Boston Marathon which overturned every possible form book of the IAAF Gold Label road race on Monday (16).

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