• Rudisha returns to land of his greatest triumph as global champions descend on Glasgow - IAAF Diamond League

    When David Rudisha steps to the line for the men’s 800m, the penultimate event of the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix  the ninth of the 2014 IAAF Diamond League meetings - on Friday and Saturday (11-12), it will be two years minus 28 days since the great Kenyan’s last competitive appearance on UK soil.

    On 9 August 2012, Rudisha produced what many regard as one of the greatest athletics feats of modern times, running solo to win the London 2012 Olympic Games gold in a barrier-breaking world record time.

    The memory of that extraordinary performance adds a certain air of anticipation to the 25-year-old’s return to Britain this weekend.

    Temporarily switched from its traditional home in London while the Olympic Stadium is reconfigured to accommodate football, the two-day meeting at Hampden Park is the first ever Diamond League event to be held in Scotland and doubles as a rather high-class test event for the Commonwealth Games, whose athletics programme will be held in the same 111-year-old venue – itself a football ground re-jigged for the occasion.

  • B.A.A. Adds Random Selection to Entry Protocol for 2014 B.A.A. Half Marathon®

    20% of 8,000 runner field to be randomly selected from all submissions during registration on Wednesday and Thursday, July 16-17 - BOSTON - The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) will add a random selection component to the registration process for the 2014 B.A.A. Half Marathon® when entries are accepted next month. 

    The 14th B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund, will be held on Sunday, October 12 and will have a field size of 8,000 entrants. The race starts and finishes in Boston's Franklin Park at 8:30 a.m. and is New England's most popular 13.1 mile road race.

    Registration will open on Wednesday, July 16 at 10:00 a.m. ET, and 3,000 entrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The remainder of the field will be filled through random selection of those applicants who submit an entry by Thursday, July 17 at 5:00 p.m. ET.  Twenty percent of the overall field (1,600 entrants) will be chosen through random selection.

    "In order to address fairly the increasingly growing demand for entry into the B.A.A. Half Marathon, we will introduce an industry-accepted process to our registration protocol," said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. "We have witnessed interest grow year after year from runners wanting to participate in the B.A.A. Half Marathon, and using random selection to fill part of the field recognizes that there are more runners who want to run this race than we can accommodate."

  • Four Team USA Minnesota Runners in Europe to Compete in July Track Meets; Eric Finan Wins 3000m at Leon Buyle Meet in Belgium with Jon Peterson 3rd; Meghan Peyton 10th at USA 10k Road Championships

    Minneapolis/St. Paul – July 7, 2014 – Four Team USA Minnesota distance runners – Eric Finan, Jon Peterson, Heather Kampf and Gabriele Grunewald – are in Europe to extend their outdoor track seasons.  The meets will be held in Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Scotland and Switzerland.

    The first meet on the schedule was the July 5 Leon Buyle Memorial in Oordegem, Belgium, where Finan won the men’s 3000 meter race and Peterson was third.  Both ran personal bests with Finan finishing in 7:54.18 (previous best was 7:59.02) and Peterson posting 7:55.36 (previous 8:03.12). 

    Next up for both men will be the Letterkenny Challenge Event on July 13 in Letterkenny, Ireland, where they will compete in the mile.  Finan has a best of 3:58.73 in the distance and Peterson has run 4:01.12 for the mile.

    Kampf starts her European competitions in Ireland at the Cork City Sports International Meet on July 8.  She will compete in the 800 meters and has a best of 2:00.04 in the distance.  After Cork, she will travel to Scotland to compete in Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix - an IAAF Diamond League meet - on July 12 where she will again run the 800m.

  • Flanagan to Headline Chicago’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival

    Olympic medalist to pace at Saturday’s 5k and race in Sunday’s Half Marathon; First of five scheduled Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festivals to launch in Chicago on July 18-20; Runners can still register to the Remix Challenge - CHICAGO  – Olympic bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan will lead two days of running at the first ever Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival in Chicago the weekend of Friday-Sunday, July 18-20. America’s top female marathoner will warm-up with runners at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago 5K on Saturday and then compete at the 6th Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon presented by HumanaVitality on Sunday. Both events start and finish at Grant Park in downtown Chicago. 

    “From the Billy Joel concert on Friday night at Wrigley Field to Saturday’s 5K and Sunday’s half-marathon, it’s going to be an incredible weekend in Chicago,” said Flanagan (right, credit PhotoRun), who set her half-marathon personal record (PR) of 1 hour, 8 minutes, 31 seconds at Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans last year. “This will be my first step towards a marathon this fall and I'm excited to see where my fitness is at after my recent training in Park City. It will also be a treat for me to shakeout with the Chicago running community at the 5K on Saturday while enjoying the amazing views of the downtown skyline along the city’s beautiful lakefront.”

    In its 6th year as Chicago’s premier half-marathon, the event will welcome more than 20,000 runners over race weekend. This year marks the first time race weekend will include two days of running with 5k events taking place on Saturday and Sunday. All finishers will earn a medal at each race, however runners who participate in both Saturday and Sunday’s events will earn a special Remix Challenge medal to commemorate their accomplishment.

  • Kebede and Kimetto ready to race in Berlin

    Two of the fastest marathon-runners of all-time will go head-to-head at the BMW Berlin Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on 28 September.

    Dennis Kimetto came to prominence in the German capital two years ago when he was a narrow second to training partner Geoffrey Mutai in the fastest ever debut time of 2:04:16. Since then, Kimetto won the Tokyo Marathon last year in a course record of 2:06:50, and the Chicago Marathon in another course record of 2:03:45 to move to third on the world all-time lists.

    Kimetto has in fact done a lot of his best running in Berlin. The 30-year-old set his half-marathon lifetime best of 59:14 in Berlin in 2012, and he returned five weeks later to set a world 25km record of 1:11:18 in the BIG 25 which famously finishes on the blue track inside the stadium which hosted the 1936 Olympic Games.

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