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Thursday, 09 November 2017 20:58

Kiprotich, Karoki and Tsegay to face off in Fukuoka

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Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich, the 2012 Olympic and 2013 world champion, will take on in-form Bidan Karoki and defending champion Yemane Tsegaye at the 71st Fukuoka Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on 3 December.

Thursday, 09 November 2017 15:25

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE VALUE OF STAYING IN THE RACE

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By Carolyn Mather
 
The title of this article comes from the concluding statement of Gabriele Grunewald at today's third annual AKTIV against cancer awards luncheon where Gabe was presented the Special Inspiration Award. AKTIV against cancer is an organization founded by nine time NYC Marathon Champion and Norwegian superstar Grete Waitz and current Executive Director Helle Aanesen in Norway in 2007. The organization has helped to create fifteen physical activity centers in cancer treatment hospitals throughout Norway and established an official presence in the United States in 2014.
 
Gabriele Grunewald, professional runner and amazing woman was diagnosed at age 22 with one of the rarest types of cancer-adenoid cystic carcinoma. Despite the diagnosis and now in her fourth battle with this disease, Gabe has continued as a top professional athlete and a woman of incredible strength and courage.
 
I have had the privilege of knowing Gabe as she ran for Brooks and Team USA Minnesota for many years. Gabe is the epitome of moving forward no matter what life throws your way as she has learned that life is not so simple. Although Gabe is not known for her distance running and contends at shorter distances than the marathon, she has found this battle is "my marathon" in life. She was not prepared for this journey but she has fought it with a tenacity found in committed runners. In fact the day after her initial diagnosis she donned her racing singlet and set a personal best on the track. This lady has the focus to do whatever needs to be done.
 
Although Gabe makes her living at running, she quickly learned that running is not life or death as life is full of uncertainty and we truly have to live in the present moment. It is all about perspective as my dear husband Steve told me many times.You have to continue to do what makes you feel alive. And despite the return of tumors after three surgeries and chemotherapy, Gabe has found that running is worth doing even if it is not perfect. "Running is my medicine" she stated as she is excited that she plans to race indoors in 2018.Her statement of "plans are when dreams are realized" gives her hope for the future.
 
Gabe has discovered with only 600 cases of this type of cancer in the United States, that there has been no research on this. So she has become "a lab rat" willing to try whatever the doctors entrusted with her care recommend. She has been making frequent trips to Sloan Kettering in New York City for her immunotherapy treatment and although that is now done and she moves on to a type of radiation therapy at the Mayo Clinic which is closer to her home in Minneapolis, there has been some necrosis in the tumors in her liver.
Thursday, 09 November 2017 15:10

MOLLY HUDDLE RETURNS TO THE BIG APPLE

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By Carolyn Mather

 

American record holder and Olympian Molly Huddle is in New York City this week to honor Gabe Grunewald as she received the Special Inspiration Award at the 3rd Annual Activ against cancer luncheon, to support her sponsor Saucony and to race the USATF Championship Dash to the Finish 5K on Saturday before the main event, the TCS New York City in Marathon on Sunday which she ran in her debut marathon in 2016 with a third place podium finish in 2:28:13. Molly had decided to forgo a fall marathon thinking she would not have time to get ready after concentrating on her summer track season. She realized a bit too late that she probably could have raced a fall marathon but she will now put all of her focus on a spring marathon(to be announced in December).

 

Molly decided at the last minute to race the 5K and get back to racing following a break from her outdoor track season. After this she plans to race the Manchester Road Race (4.738 miles) on Thanksgiving Day then move to the Houston Half Marathon in January as she gets into serious marathon training. Having lost her marathon training partners of Olympians Amy Cragg and Kim Smith, she has been training with Emily Sisson and several other up and coming "youngsters" who she figures she is "mom" to them. At age 33 Molly is hardly that old and well suited to have continued success on the roads and to providing insightful guidance to "her children". 

Thursday, 09 November 2017 14:53

BREAKING 40-YEAR DROUGHT, FLANAGAN WINS TCS NYC MARATHON

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By Rich Sands, @sands
(c) 2017 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved, used with persmission
 
NEW YORK (05-Nov) -- In what she hinted might be the final marathon of her career, Shalane Flanagan became the first American to win the TCS New York City Marathon in 40 years with a commanding surge over the final three miles. The men's race featured a similarly strong finish from Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor, who held off a mad dash from countryman Wilson Kipsang to score his first-ever marathon win.
 
 
CAUTIOUS START FOR THE WOMEN
 
The women's field set off 30 minutes prior to the masses, with an extremely cautious tempo. The pack hit the 5-K in 19:12, barely under 2:42 pace, and at halfway (1:16:18) there were still 15 athletes in contention. Three-time defending champion Mary Keitany of Kenya made periodic attempts to force the pace but the pack continuously regrouped, clicking off splits mostly in the 5:35-5:45 per mile range.
 
It wasn't until the 21st mile, going over the Madison Avenue Bridge crossing from the Bronx into Manhattan, that the race started taking shape. Keitany, Flanagan and Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia pulled away down Fifth Avenue, quickly gapping Kenyan Edna Kiplagat and American Kellyn Taylor.
 
The lead trio ran the 22nd mile in 5:09 before Flanagan started her hard drive to the finish. As they entered Central Park in the 23rd mile, the gap continued to grow and it was apparent that Keitany did not have the spark in her legs that brought her a women's only world record of 2:17:01 in London this past April. Flanagan covered the segment from 35K to 40K in a blistering 15:57 and cruised home waving her fists to the crowd (and letting out an apparent jubilant expletive). She crossed the line in 2:26:53 with tears in her eyes.
 
The last American woman to top the podium in New York was the late Miki Gorman, back in 1977. Flanagan also became the first American woman to win an Abbott World Marathon Majors race since 2006 when Deena Kastor finished first in London.
 
Keitany came across second in 2:27:54, with Daska (2:28:08) holding on for the third podium spot. The U.S. had three more athletes in the Top 10, with Allie Kieffer (2:29:39 PB), Taylor (2:29:56) and Stephanie Bruce (2:31:44) placing 5th, 8th and 10th, respectively. Kieffer's breakthrough performance was a remarkable improvement on her PR 2:44:44, run indoors on a 200-meter track at New York City's Armory in 2016.
By Rich Sands, @sands
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NEW YORK (04-Nov) -- The men's and women's USATF 5-K road championships could not have played out more differently here this morning in Central Park. While Shadrack Kipchirchir only snatched the men's win in the final strides, Molly Huddle took control early and had a solo run to her 25th national title, breaking her own course record. The race was held in conjunction with the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5-K, which finishes over the same final stretch of roadway that will host the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday.
 
The men's race set off first from the United Nations on a cool morning (49F/9C), with the entire field in a giant pack for most of the first three kilometers, through midtown and into the park. Virginia Tech grad Tommy Curtin moved to the front with less than a mile to go and started accelerating, with Hassan Mead and Ben True close behind. Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo began to sneak up on the inside as the road curved north towards the uphill finish, which triggered another surge from Curtin with 200 meters to go as the still sizable field ascended the final climb to the tape.
 
In a mad sprint to the line, Curtin and Kirubel Erassa nearly tangled while Kipchirchir timed his kick best, coming through to grab the win in 13:57. Curtin, Erassa and Chelimo were all one second behind and the first 11 finishers were separated by less than seven seconds. It was the second USATF title of the fall for the 28-year-old Oklahoma State grad, who took the 10-mile championship as part of the Medtronic TC event in Minneapolis on October 1.
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