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Kampf Repeats As Grand Blue Mile Women's Champion; Noelle Wins Men's Race

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Heather Kampf successfully defended her Grand Blue Mile title on Tuesday evening, winning the women’s 1-mile invitational race in 4:37.52. Chad Noelle, competing in his first race as a professional, took the men’s title in 4:12.11.

“Any time you’re successful somewhere, when you come back and try it again, it breeds confidence,” Kampf said. “It was great to come back and have a good race. Knowing the course is great, it’s logical, I like the course and it’s easy to understand how to race it."

Kampf held off Nicole Sifuentes, who finished second in 4:37.95, while Nikki Hamblin was third in 4:38.78.

Heather Kampf, Katy Moen to Compete in the Grand Blue Mile in Des Moines on April 26; Kampf to Run the 1500m at Drake Relays April 29

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – April 26, 2016 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf and Katy Moen will be among the competitors in the women’s professional mile race at the Grand Blue Mile in Des Moines this evening, April 26.  Then Kampf will race in the women’s 1500 meters at the Drake Relays on April 29.

Kampf is the defending champion of the Grand Blue Mile and will be making her sixth appearance at the event.  She also holds the course record of 4:32.62 which she set in 2014.  Most recently Kampf placed second at the B.A.A. Invitational Mile in Boston on April 16.  She is a three-time USA Road Mile Champion.

Moen will be making her first appearance at the Grand Blue Mile.  The Iowa native and 2015 graduate of Iowa State University has a best in the 1500 meters of 4:22.66.  This will be her debut in the road mile.

Kipchoge runs 2:03:05 to win the London Marathon, second fastest time ever

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A second consecutive victory at the London Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, in the second-fastest time in history of 2:03:05 further endorsed Eliud Kipchoge’s credentials as one of the greatest marathon runners in history on Sunday (24).

The Kenyan, who looks destined to represent his country at his third Olympic Games in Rio, looked frustrated to miss the world record by eight seconds as he put his head in his hands immediately after finishing but he didn’t express any exasperation in the post-race press conference.

“I realised I was a few seconds off the world record. It was not really disappointment,” he said, although he had earlier confirmed he had no idea he was so close over the final kilometre to the world record of 2:02:57 set by his compatriot Dennis Kimetto in Berlin two years ago.

‘Street Meet’ to Debut in Heart of Boston

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World Record-holders to Highlight adidas Boost Boston Games June 17-18 BOSTON, Mass. (April 25, 2016)—The adidas Boost Boston Games, a two-day festival featuring a fan-friendly track event and the city’s first-ever “street meet,” will debut on June 17-18, organizers announced today.

Among the top international stars set for Boston are Olympic medalists Jenn Suhr, Meseret Defar, Nick Willis, and Yohan Blake.

In addition, the prestigious adidas Dream Mile and Dream 100, which for the past several years have showcased some of the nation’s best prep athletes at the adidas Grand Prix in NYC, will move to Boston as a highlight of the event. The Dream Mile annually produces many of the fastest times in the nation, and the Dream 100 has featured prep stars who have quickly become medal contenders in Rio.

Japhet Kosgei and Zsofia Erdelyi win in Duesseldorf, Hendrik Pfeiffer qualifies for Rio

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Japhet Kosgei won the 14th edition of the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf. Taking into account the weather conditions with cold temperatures, wind and a couple of hail showers he clocked a fine time of 2:10:46. Defending champion Marius Ionescu of Romania took second with a personal best of 2:13:00 while Germany’s Hendrik Pfeiffer ran a superb debut in difficult conditions. The 23 year-old was third, but more important qualified for the Olympic marathon with a time of 2:13:11. Hungary’s Zsofia Erdelyi dominated the women’s race, winning with 2:35:37 from Beverly Ramos of Puerto Rico, who clocked a national record of 2:36:31. Belgium’s Hanna Vandenbusche was third in 2:39:50.

Adding other running events staged parallel to the marathon a total of around 17,000 runners entered the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf. „We are really happy and proud that Hendrik Pfeiffer snatched a ticket to Rio today. That was a superb bonus to a great event,“ said Race Director Jan Winschermann.

Deep Fields Expected to Compete for $132,000 Prize Purse at the 2016 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Events

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Stephen Njoroge returns to defend marathon title; Ethiopians Alem Kifle and Hailemaryam Ayantu Dakebo headline women’s field; $40,500 American Development Program bonuses also available - PITTSBURGH – Deep international fields are expected in both the men’s and women’s race for the 8thDICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, set for Sunday, May 1.Stephen Njoroge of Kenya will return to defend his title in the Steel City after winning last year’s race in 2 hours, 15 minutes and 19 seconds. EthiopiansAlem Kifle and Hailemaryam Ayantu Dakebo lead the women’s race with personal bests of 2:30:13 and 2:33:51, respectively.

This year’s DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events offers a guaranteed $132,000 prize. The purse also includes American bonuses totaling $40,500 as part of the American Development Program, a P3R initiative to increase exposure and racing opportunities for emerging American runners.