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Three Team USA Minnesota Runners to Compete in the 5000m at the Stanford Invite April 3

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – March 31, 2015 – Three Team USA Minnesota distance runners – Gabriele Grunewald, Jon Peterson and Jon Grey – will compete in the 5000 meters at the Stanford Track & Field Invitational in California on April 3.  All three athletes will be opening their outdoor track season at this meet. 

Grunewald has a best in the 5000m of 15:33.64, a mark she set at a meet in Europe last July.  She is the 2014 USA Indoor 3000-meter champion and has a best in the 3000m of 8:42.64.

Competing in the men’s field of the 5000m will be Peterson, who has posted 13:39.51 in the distance, and Grey who has a mark of 13:46.12.

The meet will be held at Cobb Track and Angell Field on the Stanford University campus with the 5000 meter races scheduled for Friday evening.

Lalang, Dibaba Win 30th Carlsbad 5000

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Bernard Lagat shatters Masters world record; Oceanside’s Anne Garrett sets 80-84 age group world record; Greg Mitchell places first in the Masters Men’s Race; Marilyn Arsenault wins first in the Masters Women’s Race - CARLSBAD, Calif. (March 29, 2015) – The Carlsbad 5000, known as the “World’s Fastest 5K,” lived up to its name on Sunday. Kenya’s Lawi Lalang (right, photo credit Kent C. Horner) was the overall winner at the 30th edition on a picturesque Southern California day.  The 23-year-old cranked out an average-per-mile pace of 4 minutes, 22 seconds to break the finish-line tape at State Street and Carlsbad Village Drive in 13 minutes, 32 seconds. Lalang was a standout runner at the University of Arizona where he garnered numerous NCAA titles. Lalang prevailed over runner-up, Wilson Too (also from Kenya), by three seconds. Third place was earned by multi-Olympic and World Championship medalist Bernard Lagat who ran 13:41.

Lagat, who is 40 years old, was the top American in Sunday’s race, but also shattered the Masters world record by 14 seconds in Carlsbad. “Running this fast at 40, it not bad at all,” he said afterwards with a chuckle. “I wanted the big one [Marc Davis’ American road record of 13:24]. I was hoping to go out a bit faster, but for some reason it didn’t happen today.” Lagat said that the additional turns on the new course didn’t faze him at all. “Instead, we had a bit of wind today and it was a little hot. The course was really nice. It was excellent. The fans are everywhere and they really helped me a lot in the last quarter mile.”

Birhanu Legese and Cynthia Kosgei take 35th Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON

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A debutant upset the favourites of the 35th Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON on Sunday: 21 year-old Ethiopian Birhanu Legese won the race in 59:45 after a thrilling sprint finish that went right to the line. He just denied Kenya’s David Kogei, who took second with 59:46. Race favourite Abraham Cheroben was third in 59:49, followed by fellow-Kenyan Richard Mendich, who also clocked a time of just inside the hour mark with 59:59. With annother four runners inside 61 minutes Germany’s best quality half marathon had again very good depth in the men’s race.

Cynthia Kosgei took the women’s race with 70:52, beating fellow-Kenyan Elizeba Cherono by four seconds. Isabellah Andersson finished third in 70:56. The Swedish runner who originally comes from Kenya was in the lead until 15 k.

32,025 runners from 106 nations entered the Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON. 23,527 finished in the German capital in fine but slightly windy weather conditions.

While the wind probably did not bother the fun runners it posed a problem for the elite athletes. For the first ten kilometres there was mostly a head wind and became obvious at the 5 and 10 k points. Split times were considerably slower than expected and the targeted time of sub 59 minutes was soon out of reach. A group of nine runners reached the 10 k mark in 28:30. This pointed to a finishing time of slightly over one hour.

Daniel Wanjiru wins as three run sub one hour

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Daniel Wanjiru stormed to a first major career win, when he took the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon. The 22 year-old Kenyan clocked a personal best of 59:51 with two other runners achieving times inside the hour mark. Wilfred Murgor took second in 59:57, just edging out fellow-Kenyan Leonard Komon who was given the same time. There was an Ethiopian double triumph in the women’s event: Worknesh Degefa clocked a fine personal best of 67:14 in slightly windy conditions, winning from Yebrgual Melese who crossed the line in 68:21. Diane Nukuri of Burundi was third in 69:33. There was great depth in both the men’s and the women’s races. Ten men ran times faster than 61 minutes and five women finished inside 70 minutes. 12,500 runners entered the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon, which is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

A very fast half marathon developed as soon as Czech’s football legend Pavel Nedved started the race. While he later joined in to run a section of a relay event staged parallel to the half marathon the pacemakers led a big group of almost 20 athletes to a 10 k split time of 28:08. The leading group was on course for a 59 minute finish and even the course record of 58:47 seemed not out of reach. However the windy conditions finally started to show on the split times. At 15 k (42:44) the projected finishing time was suddenly slightly over the hour mark.

Universal Sports Unveils Coverage Plans for 2015 Boston Marathon

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With just under four weeks to go to Boston’s epic event, the network also launched its month-long campaign ‘Let’s Do This, Boston!’ nationwide across the US - Universal Sports Network, the exclusive national television and digital media home of the Boston Marathon, has announced its television and online coverage plans for the 119th Boston Marathon, which will take place on Monday 20 April.

Live race day coverage from Copley Square begins at 08:30 ET and includes pre- and post-race shows followed by a wrap-up show at 16:00 ET. Network coverage also includes a preview show on Sunday 19 April at 16:00 live from the finish line on Boylston Street.

With just under four weeks to go to Boston’s epic event, the network also launched its month-long campaign ‘Let’s Do This, Boston!’ nationwide across the US. The advertising and promotional campaign celebrates the sport of running while aiming to solidify Universal Sports as the home to Olympic and endurance sports by speaking directly to the personal interests of its viewers.

Lagat, Gebremeskel Headline Sunday's Carlsbad 5000

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Ethiopia’s Dejen Gebremeskel looks to win 5th straight title at 30th edition of ‘World’s Fastest 5K’; Bernard Lagat, Diego Estrada lead U.S. runners at one of road racing’s iconic events - CARLSBAD, Calif.   – Recognized as the ‘World’s Fastest 5K’ with a storied history of 16 world records, no athlete in Carlsbad 5000 history has been more successful than Dejen Gebremeskel.

Gebremeskel, a 25-year-old Ethiopian, has won the last four runnings of the race, following a second-place finish in 2010. On Sunday, he will try and make it an unprecedented five in a row.

It will not be easy. Lined up next to him will be 40-year-old Bernard Lagat, one of the most decorated distance runners of all time. Last year, Lagat finished second, only five seconds Gebremeskel and thought he had broken the American record by three seconds with a time of 13:21. However, on a remeasurement of the course, it was found to be 13.5 feet short, so the record was not acceptable.