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Santucci Returning to Steel City to Defend DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Crown

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American Development Program to award $40,500 in U.S.-only bonuses for Marathon & Half; runners brave elements to participate in 7th Marathon Kick-off Training Run - PITTSBURGH  The 2014 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon women’s champion Clara Santucci made a surprise appearance at this past Saturday’s 7th edition of the Marathon Kick-off Training Run to announce that she will return to the Steel City in 2015 to defend her title. The 2015 race, set for Sunday, May 3, offers a $135,000 prize purse, including American bonuses totaling $40,500. 

"I have three goals for 2015: to defend my title, break the course record and make Pittsburgh proud,” said reigning champion Clara Santucci. "I love Pittsburgh and spend a lot of time here as I live in southwest Pennsylvania. When Patrice wrapped the American flag around me after last year's win, she said, 'You're a Pittsburgher now!'”

Heather Kampf Wins Mile, 10k and Half Marathon at Bermuda Int’l Race Weekend, Will Compete at Camel City Mile Indoor Meet on Jan. 31; Results from USA Half Marathon Championships

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Jan. 20, 2015 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf returned to Bermuda this past weekend to defend her two-year title at the Front Street Mile.  Once again, Kampf won the invitational women’s mile for a three peat on Friday evening, Jan. 16.  Her time was 4:53.32.  She then ran in two other events - as part of her training - during Bermuda International Race Weekend and won the 10k in 35:10 on Jan. 17 and then the half marathon in 1:18:05 on Jan. 18.

Kenenisa Bekele and Aselefech Mergia set sights on course records in Dubai

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The weather forecasters have been kept busy in recent days as Dubai has been beset by evening thunderstorms at the start of this week, but a different kind of storm awaits the city in the Gulf on Friday morning: distance running fans around the world will have their focus firmly on the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon and its strongest field ever. Both course records are targets in the race which has become firmly established among the world’s leading running events. Ethiopia’s superstar Kenenisa Bekele headlines the men’s list which features 20 athletes with personal bests of sub 2:10. Half a dozen of them have run faster than 2:06. The women’s field shows unprecedented depth in a city marathon regarding the number of athletes who have broken 2:28. A grand total of 23 have personal bests that are faster. Aselefech Mergia of Ethiopia is the fastest on the start list with a PB of 2:19:31 and that, for good measure, is the women’s course record. Including shorter distance races, a total of 25,000 runners have entered the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon which is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Lucky Seven - Ethiopians Sweep Again at Chevron Houston Marathon

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HOUSTON (January 18, 2015) - Near-perfect conditions yielded speedy performances Sunday at the 43rd Chevron Houston Marathon as Yebrgual Arage ran the second fastest time ever by a woman at Houston and Birhanu Gedefa outkicked Gebo Burka to take the men's race. It was the seventh straight sweep of the titles by Ethiopia.

 

Arage made a late race surge and passed early leader Biruktait Degefa before fighting off the challenge of Guteni Imana on the way to a 2:23:23 that was a personal best by almost three minutes. Imana finished at 2:23:32, the third-fastest time ever at Houston and a seven minute improvement on her previous best, and Degefa also dipped under 2:24 with a 2:23:51 that moved her to fifth on the all-time race performance list.  

Skechers Performance Returns as the Official Footwear and Apparel Sponsor of the 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon

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Skechers Performance Elite Athlete Meb Keflezighi to Run the Aramco Half Marathon - MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (January 15, 2015)—Skechers Performance will proudly return to Houston, Texas on January 18, 2015 as the official footwear and apparel sponsor of the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Half Marathon. Skechers Performance will be exhibiting at the coinciding expo, January 16-18, 2015 where it will debut a limited edition apparel and footwear collection. The division is also excited to announce Meb Keflezighi will be running in the Aramco Half Marathon. Meb will join a host of Skechers Performance special guests comprised of athletes, brand ambassadors and international invitees from around the world.

“We are thrilled to be back in Houston kicking off the 2015 race year as this is an incredible race to be a part of,” said Michael Greenberg, president, SKECHERS. “Meb has a long history in Houston and we are excited to support him as well as all of the runners participating in this remarkable event.”

Kipsang, Kimetto and Bekele to clash in London Marathon

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Ten athletes with sub-2:06 lifetime bests including reigning champion Wilson Kipsang, world record-holder Dennis Kimetto and Kenenisa Bekele will be lining up in the Virgin Money London Marathon on 26 April - A glittering elite men’s field including reigning champion Wilson Kipsang has been put in place for the 35th edition of the Virgin Money London Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on 26 April.

Kipsang will defend his London Marathon title in a mile-by-mile bout against fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto, the man who made history last autumn when he broke Kipsang’s record to become the first man ever to run 26.2 miles under the 2:03-mark.

Kimetto, who clocked 2:02:57 in last September’s Berlin Marathon, will make his London Marathon debut in April, while Kipsang takes on the iconic course for the fourth time, having won in 2012 and 2014.