• 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Lottery Opens March 10

    Runners can also sign up with a guaranteed entry for the Sunday, October 11 world-class marathon event - CHICAGO - The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced that runners can enter the lottery for the 2015 event on Tuesday, March 10. Runners who qualify for a guaranteed entry will also be able to register at this time. The lottery system, introduced last year, resulted in a record number of finishers - 40,659 - at the 2014 Chicago Marathon. The 38th annual Chicago Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 11 in Grant Park.

    Runners can enter the lottery or register with a guaranteed entry at any time between Tuesday, March 10 at noon (U.S. Central Time) and Tuesday, April 21 at noon (U.S. Central Time) at chicagomarathon.com.

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  • MOCKO AND YANKO GARNER WINS AT KAISER PERMANENTE NAPA VALLEY MARATHON
    NAPA, Calif. — March 1, 2015 — Two-time Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon winners Chris Mocko and Devon Yanko ascended the winners platform yet again at today’s 37th Annual Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon. Mocko, age 28, of Folsom, Calif., who previously won the race in 2011 and 2012, emerged victorious in the men’s race with a time of 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 6 seconds. Yanko (née Crosby-Helms), 32, of San Anselmo, Calif. dominated the women’s field after previously emerging victorious at the Napa Valley Marathon (NVM) in 2007 and 2012. The winners headed a sold-out field of 3,000 entrants who were greeted by blue skies, little wind, and ideal temperatures in the low 40s F rising to around 60 degrees F by the 6-hour finish cut-off time.
     
    In the men’s race, a threesome composed of Mocko, 2013 NVM men’s champion Kevin Pool (Folsom, Calif.), and Ron Young (Reno, Nev.) navigated the early miles of the rolling, point-to-point 26.2 mile course from Calistoga to Napa together, hitting the 6-mile split in 33:19. Young soon fell off the pace to an eventual seventh place finish as Mocko and Pool proceeded in lockstep, hitting halfway 13.1 miles) in 1:12:25 and 18 miles in 1:38:55.
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  • Dominant Ndungu regains Lake Biwa crown

    Kenya's Samuel Ndungu surged away from the opposition in the last 10 kilometres to claim his second Lake Biwa Marathon title ahead of Italy's Daniele Meucci - Samuel Ndungu from Kenya claimed his second title on a cold and rainy morning at the 70th staging of the Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (1).

    It was in this race three years ago where the Kenyan made his marathon debut with victory in a still-standing PB of 2:07:04 but Ndungu's aspirations of lowering his best ever time dissipated when the pacemakers went out much slower than expected.

    “I won because I trained hard,” said Ndungu, speaking in fluent Japanese after the race. “My goal for this race was to run 2:06, but because of steady cold rain, it was little difficult to run 2:06."

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  • Loxsom sets American record on final day at USATF Indoor Championships

    BOSTON -- An American record in the men’s 600 meters and a world-leading women’s shot put highlighted an exciting final day of the USATF Indoor Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center on the campus of Roxbury Community College. Saturday and Sunday attendance totalled 6,091 for the event broadcast live on USATF.TV and NBCSN.
     
    Casimir Loxsom (Seattle, Washington) was in command from the gun in the men’s 600m, sprinting to the front and passing 200m at 23.76 and 400m at 48.26 to close for the American Record and the win in 1:15.33. He clocked the fourth-fastest time ever and was a quarter-second better than his own AR set Jan. 24 at Albuquerque. Behind Loxsom, Mark Wieczorek (Seattle, Washington) had the fastest final lap overall at 26.59, and he grabbed second in 1:16.07.

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  • Elite American and International Men’s Fields Announced for 2015 United Airlines NYC Half

    Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi and three-time Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein will lead the American charge, while top returning entrant Stephen Sambu and distance running star Wesley Korir, both of Kenya, headline a deep and diverse international lineup - NEW YORK — Defending Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi and compatriot Dathan Ritzenhein, running the half-marathon distance for the first time since the 2013 NYC Half, will lead a resilient field of American men against a strong international contingent highlighted by last year’s third-place finisher Stephen Sambu and 2012 Boston Marathon champion Wesley Korir at the 2015 United Airlines NYC Half on Sunday, March 15, 2015, it was announced this week by Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners.

    “From Meb and Dathan to Stephen and Wesley, the 2015 United Airlines NYC Half professional men’s field is one of our best ever,” said Wittenberg. “We’re especially excited that our lead group of men will be running alongside the many young runners who will be participating in the event’s inaugural NYRR Times Square Kids’ Run on Seventh Avenue, creating an inspiring and unique moment that will help us celebrate the tenth running of the race.”

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