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Defending Champion Rita Jeptoo and Two-Time Olympic Medalist Eliud Kipchoge Claim Victory in Chicago

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The sixth Nike Northside/Southside Challenge again featured local high school athletes competing in a cross-country race covering the final 2.62 miles - CHICAGO (Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014) -- The 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon saw a record 40,802 runners crossed the finish line in Grant Park under ideal weather conditions. The men's race saw a Kenyan sweep with Eliud Kipchoge stealing the show in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 11 seconds, and Sammy Kitwara and Dickson Chumba dueling for second, with Kitwara out-striding Chumba.

"They say if you have a will, then you will be successful," said Kipchoge, winning his first World Marathon Major and third marathon. "I had a will to transition to the marathon and that is why I have been able to win so well."

In the women's race, Rita Jeptoo (KEN) easily defended her title, breaking the tape in 2:24:35. Mare Dibaba (ETH) held on for second in 2:25:37, and current half-marathon world record holder, Florence Kiplagat (KEN), secured a podium finish in 2:25:57.

Daska, Desisa Crowned Champions of the 14th B.A.A. Half Marathon

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Desisa has triumphant return to Beantown, establishing a course record of 1:00:34 for the half marathon, cruising to victory over Kenyans Daniel Salel and Stephen Sambu - BOSTON (Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014) - On a picture perfect day for racing, Ethiopians Mamitu Daska and Lelisa Desisa (right, image courtesy PhotoRun.net) were crowned champions at the 14th B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Daska established a new event record of 1 hour, 8 minutes, 20 seconds, while Desisa earned his second consecutive B.A.A. Half Marathon victory in 1:01:38, covering the rolling, spectacular course through Boston’s Emerald Necklace park system in style.

The B.A.A. Half Marathon is the third and final event of the 2014 B.A.A. Distance Medley, a three-race series which combines the B.A.A. 5K on April 19, the B.A.A. 10K on June 22, and today's B.A.A. Half Marathon. More than 2000 of the half marathon's entrants were participants in all three races in 2014.

Smiling from ear to ear, the 30-year-old Daska had a race to remember. Through the opening miles, Daska found herself among a lead pack of five that included Kenyans Betsy Saina and Cynthia Limo, as well as American Molly Huddle. Together, they passed five miles in 25:48.

Joyce Chepkirui wins photo finish 31:02 for 10 k, edging out Emily Chebet in Berlin

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World-class performances by Kenyans Joyce Chepkirui and Emily Chebet produced the highlight of the ASICS Grand 10 in Berlin on Sunday. In a photo finish Chepkirui clocked 31:02 in the lunchtime 10 k event, just edging out World Cross Country Champion Chebet who was given the same time. Both Kenyans clocked the third fastest times in the year. Margaret Wangari Muriuki made it an all Kenyan podium with a fine 31:06 for third place. Ethiopia’s Kinde Atanaw took the men’s race with 27:49 from Kenyans Reuben Maiyo (28:04) and Wilson Too (28:07). A record number of 7,389 runners participated in the ASICS Grand 10 in fine weather conditions.

A group of four runners – Atanaw, Maiyo, Too and German Arne Gabius – passed the 5 k mark in 13:48. Little more than a kilometre later the group broke up, with Kinde Atanaw taking the lead. The Ethiopian kept going strong with some wind now slightly slowing the elite runners. With a finishing time of 27:49 the 21 year-old, who has a PB of 27:36, ran his third fastest 10 k time and the fastest in a German 10 k race this year.

Abbott Celebrates the Power of Health and Achievement as First-Ever Title Sponsor of World Marathon Majors

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Series will be renamed Abbott World Marathon Majors starting in 2015 - ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Oct. 10, 2014 — Abbott and the World Marathon Majors announced a new partnership with Abbott becoming the race series'first-ever title sponsor. The series – comprising six of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world: Tokyo, Boston, Virgin Money London, BMW BERLIN, Bank of America Chicago and TCS New York City Marathon – will be renamed the Abbott World Marathon Majors starting in 2015.

Through the new global partnership, Abbott aims to create opportunities for the company to demonstrate and bring to life its core mission of helping people unlock all that life has to offer through the power of health. This mission will be expressed through the company's new brand line – "Life. To the Fullest." – as part of communications and branding efforts around each of the races.

Ryan and Sara Hall Headline EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler

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Second edition on Sunday, Nov. 9 features $15,500 in prize money including $5000 American-only prize money - PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R) has announced that U.S. half-marathon record holder Ryan Hall and 4-time world championship team member Sara Hall, husband and wife, will run the 2nd EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler. The race, scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 9, features a guaranteed prize purse of $15,500, including $2500 for each race champion plus new American-only bonuses totaling $5000 as part of P3R’s inaugural American Development Program.

Ryan Hall, 31, holds the U.S. record at the half-marathon distance, clocking 59 minutes, 43 seconds, and the two-time U.S. Olympian has run the fastest marathon all-time by an American (2:04:58 at Boston 2011). Hall will face a formidable men’s field that includes two-time Olympic steeplechase finalist Nahom Mesfin of Ethiopia and 1:01 half-marathoner Leonard Korir of Kenya. Top Americans in the field include first American at last year’s race and former U.S. 25K record holder Fernanda Cabada and Team USA Minnesota teammates Jonathan Grey and Jonathan Peterson.

Stellar Field Announced for 2014 B.A.A. Half Marathon

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2012 U.S. Olympian, 2013 Boston Marathon champion, and 2014 world leaders headline 14th running of event on Sunday, October 12 - BOSTON – A year ago, 2013 Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa (ETH) returned to Boston seeking another victory, this time in the B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. In a brilliant display of courage and determination, Desisa fended off hard challenges from both Daniel Salel (KEN) and Stephen Sambu (KEN), claiming the B.A.A. Half Marathon title in a course record of 1:00:34.

This year, Desisa, Salel, and Sambu will all toe the line once again in Franklin Park, ready to battle for the title of B.A.A. Half Marathon champion.

Desisa, 24, is seeking to become the first men’s champion in event history to successfully defend his title. Over the race’s previous thirteen editions, no male has ever won two B.A.A. Half Marathon crowns before. History won’t deter Desisa, though, who ran a blistering 59:36 at the RAK Half Marathon in the UAE in February.