Elite Prize Purse Announced for 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon Race Weekend

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HOUSTON (September 3, 2014) - The Houston Marathon Committee (HMC) announced on Wednesday the elite prize purse for the 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon. A total of $276,000 in guaranteed prize money will be awarded to the top finishers in the four races on race day, including a $40,000 first place payout for both the men's and women's champions at the 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon.  


"We always look forward to announcing our prize money for the coming year's races, because that announcement signals the start of our effort to secure the very best available talent to run on the streets of Houston in January," said Board President and Race Director Brant Kotch. "This year's enhanced guaranteed prize money purse, plus numerous time incentives that really broaden the pool of recipients, will allow us to do just that.  The open purse for the Marathon and the USA Half Marathon Championship, mean that spectators and participants alike will be able to watch, and perhaps participate beside, some tremendous professional runners."

Heather Kampf, Eric Finan, Jon Peterson to Compete at Grandma’s Minnesota Mile in Duluth Sept. 7; Results from Races Held Aug. 30-Sept. 2

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Sept. 3, 2014 – Three Team USA Minnesota distance runners – Heather Kampf, Eric Finan and Jon Peterson – will be among the elite competitors at Grandma’s Minnesota Mile in downtown Duluth on Sept. 7

The 2014 point-to-point race will mark the fifth appearance for Kampf at the event.  She won the race in 2012, was second in 2013 and finished third in both 2011 and 2010.  She has a best in the road mile of 4:21.3 which she set this summer when she won the Ryan Shay Mile in Michigan.

Finan has a best in the mile of 3:58.73 which he posted in June when he won the Adrian Martinez Mile in Concord, Mass.  Peterson set his mile best time of 4:00.54 in July at the Letterkenny Mile Challenge in Ireland.

Grandma’s Minnesota Mile is the final stop on the inaugural Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2014.  The women’s elite race will be held at 10:20 a.m. and the men will run at 10:30.

Ritzenhein Leads U.S. Men at Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon

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Three-time U.S. Olympian joins other American stars Deena Kastor, Kara Goucher and Bernard Lagat at 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival Philadelphia - PHILADELPHIA - Three-time U.S. Olympian and 2009 IAAF World Half-Marathon bronze medalist Dathan Ritzenhein ("Ritz") will lead the U.S. men at the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival Philadelphia on September 19-21, 2014. The event, now in its 37th year and renowned throughout the world, is known for its record performances as the scene of five world records, five U.S. marks and numerous age-group records.

Ritz joins a weekend line up of world-class athletes in Philadelphia this year. The men’s half-marathon field includes Kenyans Geoffrey Mutai, Cyprian Kotut and Bedan Karoki, who have all run under an hour for the distance. The women’s race will feature the two fastest Americans at the half-marathon (13.1 miles) distance in history Deena Kastor and Kara Goucher. Headlining Saturday’s first ever Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K is U.S. Olympian Bernard Lagat, one of the world’s all-time great distance runners.

Gabriele Grunewald to Run at DecaNation and Zagreb World Challenge Aug. 30 and Sept. 2; Meghan Peyton, Jon Peterson to Compete at USA 20k Championships in New Haven Sept. 1

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Aug. 27, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota’s Gabriele Grunewald will run in two track meets in Europe over the next week while Meghan Peyton and Jon Peterson will travel to New Haven to compete in the USA 20k Championships on Labor Day.

Grunewald will run the 800 meters as part of the U.S. team at the DecaNations Track & Field meet in Valence, France, on Aug. 30.  The meet is organized by the French Athletics Federation and has been held since 2005 with eight nations participating.  She has a best of 2:01.38 in the 800m.

Heather Kampf, Meghan Peyton to Compete at Crim Festival of Races in Flint, Michigan, Aug. 22-23; Gabriele Grunewald Returns to Europe for Track Races

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Aug. 19, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf and Meghan Peyton will run in the Crim Festival of Races in Flint, Michigan, on Aug. 22-23, while teammate Gabriele Grunewald heads to Europe for three weeks of track competitions starting with Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix meet on Aug. 24.

In downtown Flint, Kampf will compete in the Michigan Mile Race Series on Aug. 22, with the Professional Mile for Women set for 7 p.m.  She won the mile race last year with a time of 4:47.  So far this month, Kampf placed second at the Liberty Mile in Pittsburgh on Aug. 1 and was fourth in the 800 meters at the Michigan Track Classic on Aug. 10.

On Aug. 23, Peyton will be among the competitors in the Crim 10 Mile which starts at 8 a.m.  In 2013, she finished sixth at this race with a time of 56:42.  Peyton will next race on Sept. 1 at the USA 20k Championships in New Haven, where she is the defending champion.

Snoop Dogg to Headline Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival in Las Vegas set for November 14-16 on the Strip at Night - LAS VEGAS – Guaranteed to be one of the biggest weekends in running this year, pop-culture icon Snoop Dogg will headline the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival in Las Vegas on November 14-16, 2014. The global superstar will perform on Sunday during the pre-race concert at 3:00pm, prior to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America taking over the Las Vegas Strip at Night.

“Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas has proven over and over again to be one of the biggest and most anticipated running events in the world,” said Josh Furlow, EVP of Global Events for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “We are thrilled to continue this legacy in 2014 by announcing Snoop Dogg, one of the most legendary, chart-topping artists of the past two decades, as the headliner for this year's festivities.” (Photo, right, credit Ryan Bethke.)