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Thursday, 23 April 2015 17:31

Superb Fields Set for Sunday’s London Marathon

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The men’s race at the London Marathon will feature the three fastest athletes of all time over the distance: the Kenyan trio of Dennis Kimetto, Emmanuel Mutai and Wilson Kipsang. Kipsang, the former world record holder, has had the most success in London out of this year’s field, having won the race in 2012 and 2014. If he wins again, he will become the fourth three-time winner. No athlete has achieved more than three wins here. Mutai has also tasted success in London, winning in 2011. Last year’s runner-up, Stanley Biwott also returns. Kipsang, Mutai and Biwott are the three fastest athletes of all-time over the course. Rotterdam and Chicago champion

Engaged couple Ryan Neely & Kimberly O’Donnell to defend Marathon titles; register today to be part of the “Small Town, Big Race” experience on April 24-26 - SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif (April 13, 2015) – The San Luis Obispo Marathon, Half Marathon + 5K presented by has announced its elite fields which include defending Marathon champions, event record holders and engaged couple Ryan Neely & Kimberly O’Donnell, from Walnut Creek, Calif. as well as local talent Van McCarty, the inaugural Marathon winner, and Erin Tracht. The 4th event edition, a San Luis Obispo running tradition, will be held on April 24-26.

Monday, 16 March 2015 16:53

Limo, Kimaiyo Win LA Marathon Titles

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Jared Ward ran away over the final miles to win his first USA Marathon championship, while 2008 Olympian Blake Russell pulled away late to win the American women's title - LOS ANGELES (Sunday, March 15, 2015) – Warm temperatures may have slowed the fields slightly, but the action was as hot as ever at the ASICS LA Marathon Sunday morning. As the race got underway, American favorite Ryan Hall shot to the lead, stringing out the men’s pack and separating himself from the U.S. contingent, as the USATF Marathon Championships were contested in conjunction with the event.

Brand signs two-year sponsorship demonstrating commitment to public health and fitness - [Orange County, CA.] – The U.S. Bank OC Marathon is pleased to announce that HOKA ONE ONE will return as the official footwear sponsor of the 2015 Marathon, OC Half Marathon and Wahoo’s OC 5k May 1-3, 2015. HOKA ONE ONE is a shoe designed for all types runners, from joggers to elite athletes looking to improve their performance. The brand committed as a sponsor of the U.S. Bank OC Marathon for a two-year term, demonstrating a commitment to leading the running revolution.

LOS ANGELES -- Olympian Ryan Hallleads an experienced men’s field, while fellow Olympian Janet Cherobon-Bawcomseeks her first marathon title Sunday morning at the USATF Marathon Championships in Los Angeles, hosted by the ASICS LA Marathon, site of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

Race Will Start 30 Minutes Earlier; Medical Director Offers Preparation Tips for Runners - LOS ANGELES-- The current weather forecast for Sunday, March 15th calls for record high heat. The weather conditions pose a high level of risk for marathoners and all participants should be advised to take precaution. Everyone who participates should strongly consider running at a slower pace than they would normally plan to run a marathon.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 18:50

Download the App Today!

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The 2015 ASICS LA Marathon app offers unparalleled access to race information, runner tracking, the course map and social media tools to not only enhance your involvement with the 30th edition race, but your friends and family's as well. The free app is available for both iPhone and Android.

Monday, 09 March 2015 23:37


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More Than 26,000 Runners Will Compete in the 30th Edition of the Race on Sunday, March 15th - LOS ANGELES (March 9, 2015) – LA MARATHON LLC announced today that registration for the 30th edition of the ASICS LA Marathon has officially sold out for the March 15th race. This is the third straight year that registration has sold out.

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 - LOS ANGELES - The largest-ever professional field for the running of the 2015ASICS 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.

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
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