• Two-month countdown begins to 2014 USATF National Club Cross Country Champs

    BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA -- The 2014 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships will take place in less than two months -- on December 13 -- over Lehigh University’s historic cross-country course in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Early hotel bookings indicate that the annual event will be bigger than ever.

    Last year more than 1,200 runners and 100 teams entered the Club Championships in Bend, Oregon.

    “We thought our easy-to-reach location, just four hours from Washington, D.C. and five-and-a-half hours from Boston, would prove attractive to many East Coast runners,” says race director Terry Delph. “It looks like that’s happening.

  • Defending Champion Rita Jeptoo and Two-Time Olympic Medalist Eliud Kipchoge Claim Victory in Chicago

    The sixth Nike Northside/Southside Challenge again featured local high school athletes competing in a cross-country race covering the final 2.62 miles - CHICAGO (Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014) -- The 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon saw a record 40,802 runners crossed the finish line in Grant Park under ideal weather conditions. The men's race saw a Kenyan sweep with Eliud Kipchoge stealing the show in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 11 seconds, and Sammy Kitwara and Dickson Chumba dueling for second, with Kitwara out-striding Chumba.

    "They say if you have a will, then you will be successful," said Kipchoge, winning his first World Marathon Major and third marathon. "I had a will to transition to the marathon and that is why I have been able to win so well."

    In the women's race, Rita Jeptoo (KEN) easily defended her title, breaking the tape in 2:24:35. Mare Dibaba (ETH) held on for second in 2:25:37, and current half-marathon world record holder, Florence Kiplagat (KEN), secured a podium finish in 2:25:57.

  • Daska, Desisa Crowned Champions of the 14th B.A.A. Half Marathon

    Desisa has triumphant return to Beantown, establishing a course record of 1:00:34 for the half marathon, cruising to victory over Kenyans Daniel Salel and Stephen Sambu - BOSTON (Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014) - On a picture perfect day for racing, Ethiopians Mamitu Daska and Lelisa Desisa (right, image courtesy PhotoRun.net) were crowned champions at the 14th B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Daska established a new event record of 1 hour, 8 minutes, 20 seconds, while Desisa earned his second consecutive B.A.A. Half Marathon victory in 1:01:38, covering the rolling, spectacular course through Boston’s Emerald Necklace park system in style.

    The B.A.A. Half Marathon is the third and final event of the 2014 B.A.A. Distance Medley, a three-race series which combines the B.A.A. 5K on April 19, the B.A.A. 10K on June 22, and today's B.A.A. Half Marathon. More than 2000 of the half marathon's entrants were participants in all three races in 2014.

    Smiling from ear to ear, the 30-year-old Daska had a race to remember. Through the opening miles, Daska found herself among a lead pack of five that included Kenyans Betsy Saina and Cynthia Limo, as well as American Molly Huddle. Together, they passed five miles in 25:48.

  • Joyce Chepkirui wins photo finish 31:02 for 10 k, edging out Emily Chebet in Berlin

    World-class performances by Kenyans Joyce Chepkirui and Emily Chebet produced the highlight of the ASICS Grand 10 in Berlin on Sunday. In a photo finish Chepkirui clocked 31:02 in the lunchtime 10 k event, just edging out World Cross Country Champion Chebet who was given the same time. Both Kenyans clocked the third fastest times in the year. Margaret Wangari Muriuki made it an all Kenyan podium with a fine 31:06 for third place. Ethiopia’s Kinde Atanaw took the men’s race with 27:49 from Kenyans Reuben Maiyo (28:04) and Wilson Too (28:07). A record number of 7,389 runners participated in the ASICS Grand 10 in fine weather conditions.

    A group of four runners – Atanaw, Maiyo, Too and German Arne Gabius – passed the 5 k mark in 13:48. Little more than a kilometre later the group broke up, with Kinde Atanaw taking the lead. The Ethiopian kept going strong with some wind now slightly slowing the elite runners. With a finishing time of 27:49 the 21 year-old, who has a PB of 27:36, ran his third fastest 10 k time and the fastest in a German 10 k race this year.

  • Abbott Celebrates the Power of Health and Achievement as First-Ever Title Sponsor of World Marathon Majors

    Series will be renamed Abbott World Marathon Majors starting in 2015 - ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Oct. 10, 2014 — Abbott and the World Marathon Majors announced a new partnership with Abbott becoming the race series'first-ever title sponsor. The series – comprising six of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world: Tokyo, Boston, Virgin Money London, BMW BERLIN, Bank of America Chicago and TCS New York City Marathon – will be renamed the Abbott World Marathon Majors starting in 2015.

    Through the new global partnership, Abbott aims to create opportunities for the company to demonstrate and bring to life its core mission of helping people unlock all that life has to offer through the power of health. This mission will be expressed through the company's new brand line – "Life. To the Fullest." – as part of communications and branding efforts around each of the races.

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