• Limo and Langat Top Seeds at 40th Lilac Bloomsday Run Women’s Sprint Finish and New Men’s Champion Expected

    Spokane, Washington—A sprint finish is what spectators hope for and race directors dream about, and this year’s women’s field for the 40th edition of the Lilac Bloomsday Run is looking like that’s exactly what might happen. Returning women’s champion Cynthia Limo, described by elite athlete coordinator Jon Neill as “the most dominant female distance runner in the world right now,” is back to defend her title from 2015. Limo is coming off a 2nd place finish at the 2016 IAAF Half Marathon Championships, where she ran 1:06:04–the 2nd fastest half marathon in the world this year and the 4th fastest in history.

    Limo will be challenged over the 12-kilometer course by training partner Monicah Ngige, who is clearly in top shape, having just finished 10th at the Kenyan Cross Country Nationals and 5th at the World’s Best 10K in Puerto Rico (31:58), and Risa Takenaka, the first Japanese runner to race Bloomsday in 14 years. Americans Mattie Suver and Blake Russell will be the leaders in the battle for the American prize money.

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  • Three Women’s World Championship Medalists to Chase World’s Largest 10K Prize

    Kenyans Edna Kiplagat, Mary Wacera and Cynthia Limo to put star power in women’s lineup - New York, April 26, 2016—A trio of IAAF World Championship medalists will headline the women’s professional athlete field at the 2016 UAE Healthy Kidney 10K in Central Park on Saturday, May 14, it was announced today by Peter Ciaccia, president of events for New York Road Runners and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon.

    Two-time IAAF World Championships Marathon gold medalist Edna Kiplagat, two-time IAAF World Half-Marathon medalist Mary Wacera and reigning IAAF World Half Marathon Championships silver medalist Cynthia Limo will race alongside the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon’s top American female finisher, Laura Thweatt, in a chase for the $25,000 first-place prize – tied for the largest of any 10K race in the world and the largest of any non-marathon race in the U.S. 

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  • Kampf Repeats As Grand Blue Mile Women's Champion; Noelle Wins Men's Race

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Heather Kampf successfully defended her Grand Blue Mile title on Tuesday evening, winning the women’s 1-mile invitational race in 4:37.52. Chad Noelle, competing in his first race as a professional, took the men’s title in 4:12.11.

    “Any time you’re successful somewhere, when you come back and try it again, it breeds confidence,” Kampf said. “It was great to come back and have a good race. Knowing the course is great, it’s logical, I like the course and it’s easy to understand how to race it."

    Kampf held off Nicole Sifuentes, who finished second in 4:37.95, while Nikki Hamblin was third in 4:38.78.

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  • Heather Kampf, Katy Moen to Compete in the Grand Blue Mile in Des Moines on April 26; Kampf to Run the 1500m at Drake Relays April 29

    Minneapolis/St. Paul – April 26, 2016 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf and Katy Moen will be among the competitors in the women’s professional mile race at the Grand Blue Mile in Des Moines this evening, April 26.  Then Kampf will race in the women’s 1500 meters at the Drake Relays on April 29.

    Kampf is the defending champion of the Grand Blue Mile and will be making her sixth appearance at the event.  She also holds the course record of 4:32.62 which she set in 2014.  Most recently Kampf placed second at the B.A.A. Invitational Mile in Boston on April 16.  She is a three-time USA Road Mile Champion.

    Moen will be making her first appearance at the Grand Blue Mile.  The Iowa native and 2015 graduate of Iowa State University has a best in the 1500 meters of 4:22.66.  This will be her debut in the road mile.

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  • Kipchoge runs 2:03:05 to win the London Marathon, second fastest time ever

    A second consecutive victory at the London Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, in the second-fastest time in history of 2:03:05 further endorsed Eliud Kipchoge’s credentials as one of the greatest marathon runners in history on Sunday (24).

    The Kenyan, who looks destined to represent his country at his third Olympic Games in Rio, looked frustrated to miss the world record by eight seconds as he put his head in his hands immediately after finishing but he didn’t express any exasperation in the post-race press conference.

    “I realised I was a few seconds off the world record. It was not really disappointment,” he said, although he had earlier confirmed he had no idea he was so close over the final kilometre to the world record of 2:02:57 set by his compatriot Dennis Kimetto in Berlin two years ago.

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