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Braun, Goucher Dominate the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Half Marathon

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Mark Greene and Stephanie Wurtz place first in the men’s and women’s marathon - SAN ANTONIO, Texas (December 6, 2015) – Nearly everything is big in Texas and so it comes as no surprise that the victories in the men’s and women’s Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon on Sunday were super-sized versions.

Kara Goucher, the American Olympian dominated the women’s half marathon race, clocking one hour, 11 minutes, and 10 seconds for the 13.1 miles.

“I wanted to either win or run under 71 minutes,” the 37-year-old Goucher recalled afterwards. “As the race was unfolding, the women were using it as a workout, and so I was just by myself. I’m not comfortable leading and so this race was a good exercise for me. I had never been that far ahead since college, so it was a learning experience for me.”

Goucher is one of the most popular female American distance runners and her fame was evident on the course as many spectators held up “Go Kara!” signs. Goucher says she really appreciated that support.

St. Jude Memphis Marathon® Weekend first finishers Jonathan Autrey, Heather Parks, post times of 2:38 and 3:00.

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St. Jude Heroes raise $8.2 million for kids battling cancer, other life-threatening diseases at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® - MEMPHIS, Tenn., Dec. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jonathan Autrey of Memphis, Tennessee, and Heather Parks of Bruceton, West Virginia, are the top male and female finishers of this year's St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend presented by Juice Plus+® with winning times of 2:38:23 and 3:00:20, respectively. John Payne of Germantown, Tennessee, finished with a time of 2:45 in the wheelchair full marathon.

The top male half-marathoner, Brandon Dwork of Memphis, Tennessee, finished with a time of 1:08, and top female half-marathoner Jordan Hamric of Morgantown, West Virginia, came in with a time of 1:20:34.

For the second year in a row, Lauren Paquette, of Memphis, Tennessee, crossed the 5K finish line first setting a new record at 16:06 in this category, which she previously held. Adam Sommers, also of Memphis, Tennessee crossed the finish line with a time of 16:23.

World Champions Ashton Eaton and Allyson Felix named USATF Athletes of the Year

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INDIANAPOLIS -- World Champions Ashton Eaton and Allyson Felix have been named the 2015 Jesse Owens and Jackie Joyner-Kersee Athletes of the Year, USATF announced Thursday.

Eaton (Bend, Oregon) and Felix (Los Angeles, California) will be honored on Saturday, December 5, at the Jesse Owens Awards in Houston, Texas. The event is held in conjunction with USATF’s Annual Meeting. Tickets for the event are available at the Hyatt Regency Houston beginning on Wednesday, December 2 until the ceremony is sold out.

“First thing I thought of was the actual Jesse Owens Award and how much better care I’m going to take with this one,” Eaton laughed. “In 2012, 30 seconds after I got the award, I dropped it on the ground and broke it in half. I had to get USATF to make a new one.

Huddle Dominates, Chelanga Wins Narrowly at .US National 12K

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ALEXANDRIA, Virginia – For the third year in a row, Olympian Molly Huddle took home top prize at the .US National 12K Sunday morning in Alexandria, Virginia, running away from the field early, while men’s champion Sam Chelanga used a late kick to the finish to edge Tyler Pennel for the title.

As expected, Huddle set a very fast pace from the gun, passing through the first mile in 5:10, already three seconds ahead of the competition. The Providence-based standout continued to press in miles two and three, building a lead of over 100 meters before the turnaround point.

Despite the large lead, Huddle charged on, running calm and in control as each mile clicked along. With the finish line in sight and a lead of nearly 30 seconds over the rest of the field, Huddle coasted home for her third straight .US National 12K title in 38:26.

Mwangangi breaks Spanish all-comers’ marathon record in Valencia

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John Mwangangi ran the fastest ever marathon on Spanish soil in the Valencia Marathon in 2:06:13 while Beata Naigambo retained her title in the women's race in a course record of 2:26:58

Kenya’s John Mwangangi won the 2015 Maraton Valencia Trinidad Alfonso, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race, in a Spanish all-comers’ record of 2:06:13 on Sunday (15) morning.

Through the halfway point in a fast 63:19, Mwangangi was on track to break the course record of 2:07:14 held by his compatriot Felix Kipkemboi but taking advantage of the fast and flat course and the good weather conditions, the 25-year-old covered the second half in a negative split of 62:54 to come home in the fastest time ever recorded on Spanish soil.

Sharkey Cruises to First Win in Fort Lauderdale 13.1 Marathon

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Fort Lauderdale fitness instructor Daniella Draughon, 37, won the women's division in 1:30:58 - FORT LAUDERDALE -- Bryan Sharkey, the manager of retail operations for Carnival Cruise Lines, has been cruising a lot lately, but he finds himself on cruise control these days when enjoying his passion of running.

Sharkey blew away the competition Sunday in the eighth edition Michelob ULTRA Fort Lauderdale 13.1 Marathon. Sharkey's only opponent seemed to be the 20-plus mile-an-hour gusting winds that runners encountered throughout the race.

"Wind was definitely a factor," said Sharkey, who finished in third place the last time he ran in the event in 2013. "But weather is weather. You have to look past it."