• Head-to-head contests give Eugene the flavour of a pre-Olympic appetiser

    Head-to-head encounters feature strongly on the fourth stop of the 2016 IAAF Diamond League in Eugene, Oregon, giving the famed Prefontaine Classic meeting the look of an Olympic Games preview on Friday and Saturday (27-28).

    At the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015, Dafne Schippers and Elaine Thompson produced the fourth and seventh fastest 200m performances of all-time when they ran for gold and silver in the Chinese capital.

    They will meet again on a fast track at Hayward Field and joining them in the 200m will be Tori Bowie, third at last year’s world championships 100m and the fastest woman in the world so far this year.

  • Outstanding High Performance Fields Announced for the 2016 Adrian Martinez Classic - "A Track Meet like No Other"

    For the third year in a row, the very elite of American distance runners are descending on Concord, Massachusetts for the Adrian Martinez Classic, sponsored by HOKA ONE ONE. High Performance races in the 800m, 5000m and Mile are part of a unique track event that also offers community mile races for all ages, as well as two races featuring local unified track athletes. The eighth edition of the Martinez Classic, scheduled for Thursday June 2nd at Emerson Field in Concord, will truly live up to its billing as a meet with races for all ages and abilities and, as the Boston Globe headlined in its 2015 report, "A track meet like no other."

    The setting is certainly unusual for high performance athletes. The track at Emerson Field is nestled between a playground, a tree-lined drive, and little league fields. Spectators ring the track, crowding 3-deep along the fence. After winning last year’s 5000m, Abbey D’Agostino commented, “I love the energy, the community - to have everyone from 3-year-olds to my grandmother, who is 84. It’s real exciting to see that track can generate that kind of audience.” Jan Holmquist, who broke the world record for the mile in the 70+ age group at last year’s Martinez Classic, also noted then the different feel to the event. “It’s a community thing. It’s perfect there.”

  • UAE Healthy Kidney 10K Recap

    Both winners received a $25,000 check – tied for the largest first-place prize of any 10K race in the world – which was presented to them by NYRR Young Runners - New York, May 14, 2016—The Kenyan delegation took five of the six podium spots at the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K on Saturday, May 14, in Central Park, with Lucas Rotich claiming the top men’s spot in 28:29 and Cynthia Limo finishing first on the women’s side in 31:39.

    Both winners received a $25,000 check – tied for the largest first-place prize of any 10K race in the world – which was presented to them by NYRR Young Runners.

    Rotich, who had begun his 2016 racing season with a win at the Lake Biwa Marathon in Japan, triumphed in his UAE Healthy Kidney 10K debut with an eight-second victory over compatriot and United Airlines NYC Half runner-up, Wilson Chebet. Ethiopia’s Teshome Mekonen, just 20 years old, was third in 28:47.

  • Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Perseveres in Face of Unprecedented Weather Conditions

    Thousands of volunteers and spectators support participants as temperatures range in the mid-30s for springtime race day - CLEVELAND (May 15, 2016) – Neither sleet, nor snow, nor rain and low temperatures could keep nearly 15,000 runners from competing in the 39th Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. Despite temperatures in the mid-30s, spirits were high at the starting line just outside the Quicken Loans Arena, the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Behind the scenes, a small army of University Hospitals staff and race volunteers mobilized to ensure racers would remain safe and accomplish their goals.

    Executive Race Director Jack Staph said, “Our participants should be so proud of their accomplishments today. Finishing a race, of any distance, is laudable and persevering in challenging weather is even more impressive.

    “Also,” he said, “I couldn’t be more pleased with the way our volunteers, staff and medical team stepped up and ensured the best possible experience we could provide. You never know what type of weather you’ll get in Cleveland, and after a year of hard work and preparation, I’m very glad we could quickly adapt to best serve our runners.”

  • Ben Blankenship Shatters Medtronic TC 1 Mile Record

    The Minnesota natives each earned $5000 for their victories, with Blankenship pocketing an additional $10,000 for breaking Nick Willis’ 2013 mark of 3:56.1 - MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – May 12, 2016 – Ben Blankenship broke the event record at the Medtronic TC 1 Mile with a runaway 3 minute, 55.8 second victory to claim his first USATF1 Mile Road title. Heather Kampf won her fourth USATF 1 Mile Road title and third event title clocking 4:34.2.

    The Minnesota natives each earned $5000 for their victories, with Blankenship pocketing an additional $10,000 for breaking Nick Willis’ 2013 mark of 3:56.1.

    “I feel great about it. I wanted to come out here and dominate from the front,” the Stillwater native said. “I was able to execute on the plan. I could kind of guestimate where I was based on the course record. At 1200-meters I knew I had a little bit of leeway, but not enough. I didn’t want to break it by too much, if I come back again next year.”


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