• UAE Healthy Kidney 10K Recap

    Both winners received a $25,000 check – tied for the largest first-place prize of any 10K race in the world – which was presented to them by NYRR Young Runners - New York, May 14, 2016—The Kenyan delegation took five of the six podium spots at the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K on Saturday, May 14, in Central Park, with Lucas Rotich claiming the top men’s spot in 28:29 and Cynthia Limo finishing first on the women’s side in 31:39.

    Both winners received a $25,000 check – tied for the largest first-place prize of any 10K race in the world – which was presented to them by NYRR Young Runners.

    Rotich, who had begun his 2016 racing season with a win at the Lake Biwa Marathon in Japan, triumphed in his UAE Healthy Kidney 10K debut with an eight-second victory over compatriot and United Airlines NYC Half runner-up, Wilson Chebet. Ethiopia’s Teshome Mekonen, just 20 years old, was third in 28:47.

  • Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Perseveres in Face of Unprecedented Weather Conditions

    Thousands of volunteers and spectators support participants as temperatures range in the mid-30s for springtime race day - CLEVELAND (May 15, 2016) – Neither sleet, nor snow, nor rain and low temperatures could keep nearly 15,000 runners from competing in the 39th Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. Despite temperatures in the mid-30s, spirits were high at the starting line just outside the Quicken Loans Arena, the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Behind the scenes, a small army of University Hospitals staff and race volunteers mobilized to ensure racers would remain safe and accomplish their goals.

    Executive Race Director Jack Staph said, “Our participants should be so proud of their accomplishments today. Finishing a race, of any distance, is laudable and persevering in challenging weather is even more impressive.

    “Also,” he said, “I couldn’t be more pleased with the way our volunteers, staff and medical team stepped up and ensured the best possible experience we could provide. You never know what type of weather you’ll get in Cleveland, and after a year of hard work and preparation, I’m very glad we could quickly adapt to best serve our runners.”

  • Ben Blankenship Shatters Medtronic TC 1 Mile Record

    The Minnesota natives each earned $5000 for their victories, with Blankenship pocketing an additional $10,000 for breaking Nick Willis’ 2013 mark of 3:56.1 - MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – May 12, 2016 – Ben Blankenship broke the event record at the Medtronic TC 1 Mile with a runaway 3 minute, 55.8 second victory to claim his first USATF1 Mile Road title. Heather Kampf won her fourth USATF 1 Mile Road title and third event title clocking 4:34.2.

    The Minnesota natives each earned $5000 for their victories, with Blankenship pocketing an additional $10,000 for breaking Nick Willis’ 2013 mark of 3:56.1.

    “I feel great about it. I wanted to come out here and dominate from the front,” the Stillwater native said. “I was able to execute on the plan. I could kind of guestimate where I was based on the course record. At 1200-meters I knew I had a little bit of leeway, but not enough. I didn’t want to break it by too much, if I come back again next year.”

  • Teferi floats to 5000m world lead in Herzogenaurach

    Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi cruised to a world-leading time of 14:46.61 when winning the 5000m at the Adidas Boost Meeting in Herzogenaurach, Germany, on Saturday (14).

    The 21-year-old was a silver medallist over 5000m at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 and proved her Olympic preparations are well on track with a superb solo performance.

    Teferi went through 1000m in a steady 2:59.81, then cranked through the gears to reach 2000m in 5:54.97.

    She passed 3000m in 8:53.39, 4000m in 11:53.32, then summoned an impressive kick over the final lap to come home in 14:46.61 to easily surpass Sally Kipyego’s previous world lead of 14:58.60.

    Jamaica’s Yohan Blake proved his long journey back to the top is progressing well when taking the men’s 100m in 10.03 (1.1m/s). The 2011 world champion showed impressive power over the final 50 metres to move clear of compatriot Warren Weir, who finished second in 10.20.

  • Mazda Becomes Presenting Sponsor of USA TODAY Sports Active Alliance Running Series

    MAZDA becomes “Official Presenting Sponsor” of the country’s finest marathon series - McLean, Va., (May 10, 2016) – USA TODAY SPORTS and Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) today announced an exciting new partnership around the USA TODAY Sports Active Alliance – a network of the country’s finest independent marathons.


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