• CYNTHIA LIMO STORMS TO A NEW BLOOMSDAY RECORD

    Philip Langat Leads a Kenyan Sweep in the Men's Race - Spokane, Washington-The anticipated sprint finish never materialized in the fortieth annual Lilac Bloomsday Run, the fifth stop on the PRRO Circuit of major US road races, but that didn't stop Cynthia Limo from racing like someone was in hot pursuit. The Kenyan star broke free from the rest of the field by halfway on the 12-kilometer course, then continued to put pedal to the metal all the way to the finish, in the process setting a new course record of 38:03. Meanwhile, while there was no course record in the men's race, Philip Langat did a similar number to the competition as he managed a slight lead by the top of Doomsday Hill, then built his lead from there to the finish, winning by a comfortable 12 seconds over fellow Kenyan Isaac Mwangi.
     
    The field of 46,566 who signed up for this year's Bloomsday were treated to a second year of ideal weather, with brilliant blue skies, no wind, and temperatures at the start in the mid-40s. A pack of 11 women took advantage of the conditions by racing together for the first half mile. By the bottom of the first downhill at 1-1/2 miles, though, that pack had dwindled to eight, with three-time Bloomsday champion Lineth Chepkurui in the lead.

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  • Landry, Welling Charge to Victory at the USATF Half Marathon Championships

    COLUMBUS -- Christo Landry and Tara Welling each used late race surges to break the field and run to victory Saturday morning at the USATF Half Marathon Championships in Columbus, Ohio, hosted by the Capital City Half Marathon.

    The USATF Half Marathon Championships are the fourth stop on the 2016 USATF Running Circuit. Next up on the circuit, the USATF 1 Mile Road Championships take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 12

    As the men’s race got underway, Olympian Abdi Abdirahman and HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite’s Scott Fauble jumped to the lead, as a large lead pack formed behind them.

    Abdirahman, Fauble and Landry led for much of miles two through ten, along with Scott MacPherson and Scott Bauhs. The pack ran consistently between 4:44-4:50 per mile, as the runners sized each other up, knowing a move would come over the final 5 km of the race.

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  • Energy Supplier and Classic Race agree partnership through to 2018 / “Guiding Light of our Running Sponsorship”

    The Frankfurt Marathon has a new title sponsor for its 35th and latest edition. Mainova AG will make its debut as title sponsor for the anniversary race on 30 October, 2016. The contract will run until 2018. The Mainova Frankfurt Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, which finishes in the magnificent indoor setting of the city’s “Festhalle” or Festival Hall. Online entry is available at: www.frankfurt-marathon.com

    The Frankfurt Marathon has a new title sponsor for its 35th and latest edition. Mainova AG will make its debut as title sponsor for the anniversary race on 30 October, 2016. The contract will run until 2018. The Mainova Frankfurt Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, which finishes in the magnificent indoor setting of the city’s “Festhalle” or Festival Hall. Online entry is available at: www.frankfurt-marathon.com

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  • 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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