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KENYANS RUTTO AND LIMO EARN THEIR FIRST BLOOMSDAY LAURELS

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May 3, 2015—Don't trust your training partner. That might be the motto of the 39th Lilac Bloomsday Run, at least in the men's race, as pre-race favorite Allan Kiprono, who was shooting for a rare third title here, failed on several tries to reel in his friend and training partner Lani Rutto. In the end, Rutto held off Kiprono's repeated surges and raced to an eleven-second victory on the challenging Bloomsday course. And while the men's race broke open early by virtue of some mid-race heroics by Rutto, the women's battle wasn't decided until the final 300 meters, when newcomer Cynthia Limo finally sprinted in front of two other contenders to capture her first Bloomsday crown.

The field of 46,913 who signed up for this year's Bloomsday were treated to ideal weather, with cloudless skies, virtually no wind, and temperatures at the start in the mid-40s. Those conditions were embraced by the nearly two dozen men who ran together for a 4:37 first mile. Defending champ Kiprono asserted himself into the lead shortly after that on the first uphill at about a mile-and-a-half, but his time in front was brief. Rutto caught up shortly after at Cemetery Hill, and the pair ran side-by-side as they passed three miles, with a half dozen others close behind. Then, as the runners turned onto Ft. George Wright Drive, Rutto make a stunning surge. By four miles he had a 50-meter lead.

Kandie time in Prague, Melese wins women’s race from Moreira

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Felix Kandie might well not have made it to the start line of the Volkswagen Prague Marathon on Sunday morning, feeling the effects of a sore throat. But he decided to give it a go and his resolution paid off handsomely. “I wanted to see how far I could get,” said Kandie. In the end, he went to the limit in the Czech capital. Coming from behind he took his second marathon win in a succession with another personal best. The 27 year-old improved to 2:08:32 in the Volkswagen Prague Marathon. Last November Kandie showed his strength to set a 2:10:37 course record in the Athens Marathon. Fellow-Kenyan Evans Chebet was runner-up for the second consecutive year with 2:08:50, followed by Ethiopia’s Deribe Robi, who finished in 2:09:05.

Yebrgual Melese of Ethiopia clocked a fine 2:23:49 to take the women’s race in Prague. It is the third fastest winning time in the history of the race that was first started in 1995. Portugal’s Sara Moreira took second in her second marathon race with a personal best of 2:24:49, improving on her debut in New York last November by over a minute. Letebrhan Haylay of Ethiopia was third with 2:25:24.

10,000 runners entered the Volkswagen Prague Marathon, which is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Dean Potter Sets New Half Dome Running Record (2:17:52

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A surprising new Half Dome record has been set by Dean Potter, a man not known for running. On May 3, 2015, Potter shaved 5:59 off the previous Fastest Known Time (FKT) of 2:23:51 by Kyle Williams. Dean reached the summit in 1:19 and completing the round trip back to the Valley floor in 2:17:52. Potter has held many speed climbing records in Yosemite, including The Nose of El Capitan, and now holds the prestigious Half Dome running record. He carried no food or water and wore only a pair of shorts, socks and shoes with Stealth™ sticky rubber.

Potter, an Adidas athlete, is a well-known rock climber, BASE-jumper and line-walker and is certainly not known for trail running. A regular runner in his youth, he stopped after becoming a mountain BASE-jumper, where most jumps include lengthy uphill approaches.

KIPRONO TO BATTLE FOR THIRD BLOOMSDAY VICTORY KENYAN SENSATION LIMO HOPES TO ADD BLOOMSDAY TO HER RESUME

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Spokane, Washington—Last year's Bloomsday champion, Allan Kiprono, is back to defend his title this Sunday, and if successful he'll become only the second male to win three Bloomsdays. Kiprono was victorious in 2012 and again last year, and only Kenyan great John Korir has managed to win the race three times.

"Last year Allan cruised comfortably to a 29-second margin of victory, expanding his lead with each block on Broadway," said Elite Athlete Coordinator Jon Neill. "With a victory on Sunday, Kiprono has the opportunity to elevate his status to that of Bloomsday legend."

Kiprono's task won't be easy, though, as a group of topnotch road racers will be in the hunt, including 2014 runnerup Kevin Lochei and fellow Kenyans Lani Rutto, Leonard Korir, Phillip Langat, and newcomer John Muritu. Along with the Kenyans, Ethiopian Solomon Deksisa and Americans Patrick Smyth and Luke Puskedra promise to make the battle up front interesting.

thGeoffrey Ronoh seeks to conquer the maraon distance in Prague

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Kenya’s conveyor belt of world-class runners produced yet another new name in 2015 as Geoffrey Ronoh became last year’s rising star. Signed as a pacemaker in the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon, he famously snatched victory, leaving behind superstars Wilson Kipsang and Dennis Kimetto. If Ronoh can transform the kind of form he showed last summer onto the marathon distance then he could produce some performance in Sunday’s Volkswagen Prague Marathon. While possessing to date a modest personal best of 2:15:51, Ronoh is justifiably considered one of the favourites. However, the fastest runner in the field has a PB that is almost ten minutes faster than Ronoh’s: Ethiopia’s Deribe Robi ran 2:06:06 in Dubai earlier this year and leads a field of nine sub 2:10 runners in Prague. As for the women’s race, Ethiopians are expected to lead the chase for the title. Five of them show personal bests of sub 2:25 and Koren Jelela is the fastest of this quintet with 2:22:43.

The Volkswagen Prague Marathon had its inaugural edition exactly 20 years ago. The race has developed into one of the world’s best quality marathon events and is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race. While 985 marathon runners competed back in 1995 this year organisers have once again a capacity field of 10,000 entries. Bib numbers sold out already half a year ago. “The Volkswagen Prague Marathon is an unbelievable success story. I have to thank all those who made it happen,” said the President of the organising team, Carlo Capalbo, who initiated the RunCzech Running League. Seven races spread through the Czech Republic registered 70,000 runners last year. “In total RunCzech has now had 770,000 runners within 20 years – we can be really proud of this,” said Capalbo.

2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Lottery Entrants Receive Notification

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Lottery entrants will be informed of their status throughout the day via email. The world-class event will take place on Sunday, October 11, 2015 - CHICAGO - Runners who entered the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon lottery will be notified today of their selection status. This year's field will be comprised of runners selected through the lottery as well as participants who qualified for one of five guaranteed entry opportunities. Lottery entrants will be informed of their status throughout the day via email. The world-class event will take place on Sunday, October 11, 2015.

"The Bank of America Chicago Marathon draws runners from around the world to Chicago and we're proud to welcome everyone to our hometown to experience this first-class race," said Tim Maloney, Bank of America Illinois president. "Chicago is especially vibrant with excitement during race week. We're honored to host this annual event because of its positive economic impact to the city and to charitable causes, and to ensure everyone touched by the marathon has a great experience."

Runners selected through the lottery will join those who guaranteed their entry into the race during the six-week lottery entry period. Guaranteed entries included Chicago Marathon legacy finishers, time qualifiers, international tour groups, charity runners and those who deferred their 2014 entries. The 2015 field size is expected to resemble previous years, with approximately 45,000 participants.