World-Class Women’s Field to Compete at 2015 Oakley New York Mini 10K

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2014 TCS New York City Marathon champion Mary Keitany, 2015 Boston Marathon champion Caroline Rotich, and two-time IAAF World Marathon Championships gold medalist Edna Kiplagat to lead international competitors - New York, May 21, 2015—Marathon champions Mary Keitany, Caroline Rotich, and Edna Kiplagat, all from Kenya, will lead a distinguished field of professional women representing 10 countries at the 2015 Oakley New York Mini 10K on Saturday, June 13, in Central Park, it was announced today by Peter Ciaccia, president of events for New York Road Runners. Annie Bersagel, competing in her third Oakley New York Mini 10K, will lead the American women.

“We are excited to welcome such an elite field of women from across the globe to the storied history of the Oakley New York Mini 10K, one of NYRR’s most recognizable heritage events,” said Ciaccia, who also serves as the race director of the TCS New York City Marathon. “Our pro field featuring Mary, Caroline, Edna, and Annie will run with thousands of women of all ages and abilities. This race has always been a celebration of the power of women in sport, and this year's edition might be our best ever.”

Gabriele Grunewald to Race at Prefontaine Classic May 30; Heather Kampf Wins 3rd USA 1 Mile Road Championship

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – May 20, 2015 – Team USA Minnesota’s Gabriele Grunewald will be among the top international competitors at the Prefontaine Classic on May 30.  Grunewald will run the 5000 meters at the IAAF Diamond League meet that will be held at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Grunewald has posted a World ‘A’ Standard of 15:19.01 in the 5000, which she set at the Stanford Invitational on April 3.  Most recently, she competed in the Hoka One One Middle Distance Classic on May 14 where she was second in the top women’s heat of the 1500 meters with a time of 4:07.67.
The 41st Pre Classic will start its Saturday events on the track at 12:15 p.m. (Pacific time).

Wilson Kipsang and Geoffrey Ronoh are set to renew their rivalry while Mary Keitany makes her RunCzech debut in Olomouc

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(Photo: Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon) The sixth edition of the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon will feature the latest episode of the duelling training partners when Wilson Kipsang and Geoffrey Ronoh stand on the start line in the Czech Republic on Saturday, June 20 while the Kenyan theme of excellence will be boosted by the women’s former world record holder at the distance, Mary Keitany. The Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label road race and forms part of the seven events in the RunCzech series.

A year ago Wilson Kipsang was the world record holder in the marathon and Geoffrey Ronoh a little known member of Kipsang’s illustrious training group in Kenya. That impression changed dramatically in the course of just over one hour as Ronoh beat Kipsang by eight seconds to win the Olomouc title in 60:17, his debut at the distance and only his second race at elite level outside of Kenya. The duo, who remain training partners, will renew their rivalry and both have shown the kind of form in 2015 which suggests another epic contest is in prospect.

Americans set standard for season in Diamond League opener

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DOHA -- On a clear night with temperatures above 95 degrees in Qatar’s capital city, the scorching temps brought fire to the track as USATF athletes set five world leads and four meet records in the opening competition of the 2015 Diamond League.
Hurdle Hype meets expectations
In the highly anticipated women’s 100m hurdles, world-leader Jasmin Stowers (Pendleton, South Carolina) lined up against a stacked field, which featured two Olympic champions including Dawn-Harper Nelson (Los Angeles, California), last year’s Diamond winner, and Sally Pearson. Stowers’ steady stride broke away after the third obstacle, and she earned the win in 12.35, a PR and the third-fastest time ever by an American. That time also made her the No. 7 woman ever. Sharika Nelvis (Jonesboro, Arkansas), in second place, also set a personal best with her 12.54.

Fast times “rain” at HOKA ONE ONE Middle Distance Classic

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LOS ANGELES, California -- Southern California broke its drought Thursday night with a downpour, lightning and even a touch of hail. But before the heavens opened, American middle-distance runners turned in brisk and competitive early-season performances at the HOKA ONE ONE Middle Distance Classic, the second stop outdoors of the 2015 USATF Championship Series.

Steeple success

The first races of the night, in the steeplechase, produced six performances that qualified for the 2015 IAAF World Championships. For the women, Stephanie Garcia ran alone in front after the pacesetter dropped off 7 minutes into the race, finishing strong in 9:37.19 to set a meet and stadium record by more than four seconds. Ashley Higginson was second in 9:41.27 and Genevieve Lalonde third in 9:42.40 to post qualifiers under the IAAF A standard of 9:44.00.

Haile calls time on his career

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One of the all-time distance running greats Haile Gebrselassie from Ethiopia announced he is retiring from competitive running - Distance running legend Haile Gebrselassie announced his retirement from competitive running after finishing 16th at the Great Manchester Run, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (10).

The hugely popular and world-famous Ethiopian will still participate in races but no longer with the intention of getting on the podium.

It brings to an end a phenomenally successful career which stretched back more than two decades in which he claimed two Olympic gold medals over 10,000m, in 1996 and 2000, nine IAAF world titles, including four consecutive IAAF World Championships 10,000m wins, and he set 15 official world records outdoors as well as five world indoor records.