• Limo leads home a record six women under 67 minutes at the RAK Half Marathon

    Cynthia Limo moved up to third on the world all-time list for the half marathon when she won the RAK Half Marathon in 1:06:04 in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah on Friday (12).

    The 26-year-old Kenyan was in the leading pack throughout the race and had intermediate 5km splits of 15:49, 31:32, 47:21 and 1:02:48.

    With seven runners in contention through 10km and then 15km, the increase in pace over the next five kilometres had the effect of winnowing out the pack at the front.

    By 20km, there was just Limo and 2014 world half marathon champion Gladys Cherono in contention but the winner broke away from her compatriot and rival over the last 800 metres, with Cherono finishing second just three seconds in arrears in 1:06:07.

  • 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Preview: Deep with Veterans but Rich With New Talent, by Mark Winitz

    Flanagan-LindenSt1-Boston14.jpgShalane Flanagan vs Desi Linden, photo by PhotoRun.net, Deena Kastor has withdrawn on February 10, 2016Nearly four hundred athletes will be running the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials next Saturday, February 13, in Los Angeles. We asked long time journalist and writer for Cal Track, American Track & Field and RunBlogRun Mark Winitz to pen his thoughts on the upcoming trials.

    Tell us what you think of Mark's notions on the Trials. But most of all, enjoy them!

    2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Preview:

    Deep with Veterans but Rich with New Talent

    By Mark Winitz

    • The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon will be the second time that both the men's and women's Marathon Trials will take place on the same day, at the same site. On Saturday, February 13th in Los Angeles, the men will start at 10:06 a.m. Pacific time and the women will start 16 minutes later.

    • NBC will broadcast unprecedented live coverage of the event, on television and online, on Saturday, February 13th, 2016 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time.

    Perhaps, in no other Olympic running event are the variables so abundant than in the marathon. After all, in a 26.2-mile race encompassing more than two hours a lot of unexpected surprises can occur. Before the 2008 Marathon Trials I wrote: That's the beauty and the irony of the marathon. In many respects, competing over 26.2 miles is a roll of the dice.

  • 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon Program

    The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon is one of the most highly anticipated Marathon Trials marathons in recent memory. With an intense battle for 26.2 miles on both the men's and women's sides, each race will have its own drama. NBC will be televising the race live from 10 am PST to 1 PM PST on Saturday, February 13, 2016. If you are in Los Angeles, come down and watch the race as both races have their own battles and own drama.

    Meb Keflezighi, Dathan Ritzenhein and Galen Rupp, with nearly 208 other men fighting for the the top three, leave the starting line at 10:06 am PST. At 10:22 AM, PST, the women, lead by Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Linden, Amy Cragg, Kara Goucher and nearly 242 other women battle for the top three women's positions.

    211 total men and 246 total women have qualified for both the men and women's races on Saturday, February 13, 2016. If you can not be in LA, watch it on NBC-TV and download the official U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon electronic program right here. It is full of fun information on Olympic Trials past and present.

  • Katy Moen, Biya Simbassa to Compete at USATF Cross Country Championships in Oregon Feb. 6; Heather Kampf at Armory Track Invitational Feb. 6; Five Team USA Minnesota Runners to Assist with TC Kids Fieldhouse Fun Run on Feb. 6

    Minneapolis/St. Paul – Feb. 2, 2016 – Team USA Minnesota’s Katy Moen and Biya Simbassa will be among the competitors at the USATF Cross Country Championships in Bend, Oregon, this weekend, while Heather Kampf will travel to the other side of the country and run at the Armory Track Invitational in New York City.  In addition, five Team USA Minnesota runners will volunteer at the TC Kids Fieldhouse Fun Run that will be held at the University of Minnesota.  All three events will be held on Feb. 6.

    At the USATF Cross Country Championships, Moen will compete in the senior women’s 10 km scheduled at 1:20 p.m. (Pacific time) and Simbassa will race in the senior men’s 10 km at 2:10 p.m.  This will be the first time that the 10 km distance will be contested for this championship – previously the women ran 8 km and the men covered the 12 km distance. 

    Moen is an accomplished cross country runner having finished eighth individually at the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championships while her Iowa State University women’s team placed second.  Simbassa competed for the University of Oklahoma and in 2014 was second at the Big 12 Cross Country Championships.  Both athletes joined Team USA Minnesota last summer.

  • Application Open for Entry to the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon

    Both guaranteed and non-guaranteed entry applications will be open for one month, from January 21 through February 21. Event celebrates its 40th anniversary as a five-borough race on Sunday, November 6, 2016, and will be broadcast live in the New York area on WABC-TV, Channel 7, and nationally on ESPN2.

    New York, January 21, 2016—The application for entry to the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon opened online at tcsnycmarathon.org today. The month-long runner application window for both guaranteed and non-guaranteed entry will remain open through February 21. The race, which is the premier event of New York Road Runners and the largest marathon in the world, will take place on Sunday, November 6.

    “The TCS New York City Marathon is where the world comes to run,” said Peter Ciaccia, president of events for New York Road Runners and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon. “Today is the day to apply, to aim to experience the crowd-lined streets and achieve your lifetime goals. We want to share in your excitement and celebrate together.”


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