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Joyce Chepkirui breaks course record in Prague with 66:19

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Joyce Chepkirui fulfilled the expectations and clocked a world-class time of 66:19 to win the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon on Saturday. Dominating the race from the start, she set a course record and also the fifth fastest time ever run on a record eligible course. Fellow-Kenyan Emily Chebet took second in 68:28 and Ethiopia’s Wude Ayalew followed in third with 69:23. The men’s race also produced very fast times in fine weather conditions. Kenya’s Peter Kirui dominated the race and was rewarded with a personal best of 59:22, the sixth fastest in this year. Mosinet Geremew of Ethiopia was second with 59:54 and Kenya’s Daniel Wanjiru followed in 59:59. All three men set personal bests. With regard to the two winning times the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon produced the best race of the year so far. 12,500 runners entered the event, which is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Joyce Chepkirui is ready for attack on course record with possible extra surprise in store

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Joyce Chepkirui says she’s in the kind of form to run the best race of her career at Saturday’s Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon. The Kenyan, who is a training partner of world half marathon record holder Florence Kiplagat, targets a time well under the course record of 66:48, set by the World 10,000 m silver medallist Gladys Cherono last year. But the competition will be tough, including the World Cross Country Champion Emily Chebet. The men’s race also has high qualitz with eight runners who have personal bests of sub 61 minutes. The Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race. Its popularity continues to grow on the broad scale with full entry capacity of 12,500 reached last December.

A year ago Joyce Chepkirui was unlucky when she suffered of an Achilles tedon problem during her marathon debut in London. She still managed to finish, but 2:35:54 and 15th place was obviously not what she had hoped for. There are no problems before Saturday’s race and Chepkirui has in the meantime produced a stunning performance when she concentrated on shorter distances. In Berlin’s 10 k race Asics Grand 10 the 25 year-old won with 30:37 minutes last October. This puts her in sixth position in the world alltime list, only 16 seconds away from the world record.

Deena Kastor to Compete in More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women's Half- Marathon

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Kastor will defend her 2013 title at the 11th edition race in Central Park on Sunday, April 13 - NEW YORK — Olympic medalist and American record-holder Deena Kastor will compete in the 11th edition More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half Marathon on Sunday, April 13, it was announced by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.

“Deena is such an inspiring role model for the empowerment that women are able to demonstrate through running,” said Wittenberg. “The More/Fitness Half-Marathon is an amazing event.  To have Deena on hand, defending her title during another record-setting year, will be the highlight of the race weekend.”

HOKA ONE ONE® Wins Competitor Magazine Best Innovation Award for the Conquest

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Richmond, CA (April 1, 2014)HOKA ONE ONE®, a division of Deckers Outdoor Corporation(NASDAQ : DECK), is proud to announce it has received the prestigious2014 Competitor Magazine Fit, Feel, Ride Award for Best Innovation for its newest shoe, the Conquest.

The Conquest received the Fit, Feel, Ride Award for Best Innovationbased on its unique design and performance characteristics, which are a result of its engineered geometry, its innovative RMAT™ midsole material, and the shoe’s inherent stability and smooth ride.                             

“We’re very honored to be recognized by Competitor Magazine for our engineering and innovation breakthrough and are proud to deliver it to the running community,” said HOKA ONE ONE Brand President, Jim Van Dine. “The Conquest utilizes a state-of-the-art oversized midsole material used exclusively by HOKA ONE ONE. The RMAT material, along with its unique geometry, allows the shoe to provide extra cushioning while still offering amazing stabilityand a smooth ride."

Meghan Peyton, Ben Sathre to Run at USA 10 Mile Championships April 6; Jon Peterson to Open Track Season at Stanford Invite April 4; Carlsbad Results

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – April 1, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota’s Meghan Peyton and Ben Sathre will be among the competitors at the USA 10 Mile Championships, which will be held in conjunction with the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, D.C., on April 6.

The elite women’s field will have an advance start at 7:20 a.m. and the men’s field and all other participants begin at 7:30 a.m. in waves.  The race starts and finishes on the Washington Monument Grounds.

Peyton is the 2013 USA 20k National Champion and most recently was eighth at the USA 15k Championships in Jacksonville on March 15 with a time of 50:44, a personal best.  In the 10 Mile distance, she has posted 55:09.  Sathre has run 45:12 in the 15k distance.

Ethiopia’s Getu Feleke to challenge Henry Sugut in Vienna

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(Photo: VCM / Manuel Platzer. Getu Feleke running in Vienna in 2009.) Course record holder Henry Sugut will face an even tougher task when he will try to win the Vienna City Marathon for an unprecedented fourth time on 13th April. The Kenyan will face a runner from Ethiopia who has been more than two minutes faster than Sugut’s PB of 2:06:58, which is also the course record. Organisers confirmed today that Getu Feleke was added to the start list. With a personal best of 2:04:50 the 27 year-old is the fastest runner ever entered for the race. The 31st Vienna City Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Feleke has a special connection to the Vienna City Marathon. It was here where he competed in his first race outside Ethiopia. In 2009 the organisers staged a unique debutants’ only marathon and Feleke was among the athletes invited. He finished seventh five years ago with a time of 2:11:47. “I have very good memories of the Vienna City Marathon. The city and the atmosphere were both impressive. I will never forget my first race outside Ethiopia,” said Feleke, who is looking forward to return to the place where his international career began.