Deena Kastor Sets Four World Masters Records at Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia

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41-year-old Kastor clocks 1:09:36 to finish third at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon; Karoki completes personal best - PHILADELPHIA – (Sept. 21, 2014) – Nothing appears to be stopping American distance-running ace Deena Kastor. The 41-year-old Olympic bronze medalist and American marathon-record holder added another mark to her impressive and extensive resume this weekend: the Masters world record in the half marathon. Kastor, who lives and trains in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., clocked 1 hour, 9 minutes and 36 seconds to finish third at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon on Sunday morning

Along the way, Kastor also set three more Masters world records at 15K (49:03), 10 miles (52:41) and 20K (1:05:52). She also broke her own American Masters half-marathon record of 1:11:38.

 Her showing was a 20-second improvement over the previous world best set by Russia’s Irina Permitina in 2008.

Simpson Delivers, McNamara Surprises on Fifth Avenue

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Jordan McNamara outsprints Garrett Heath to win men's race in 3:51.0. - NEW YORK (Sept. 13, 2014) — Jenny Simpson had all the momentum—and the pressure—when she lined up for the 2014 NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile. She’s the reigning Diamond League 1500-meter champion and the second-fastest American ever at that distance, and she’d be defending her 2013 Fifth Avenue title. But with 2012 race champion and U.S. Olympian Brenda Martinez, hometown favorite Mary Cain, and 15 more world-class women in the field who’d be keying off Simpson, the race looked ripe for an upset.

Simpson didn’t flinch. At the starting horn, she went straight to the front. A phalanx followed closely—until 200 meters to go, when Simpson built a three-meter lead. It looked like a wire-to-wire win, until Martinez’ fierce sprint brought her to Simpson’s shoulder. She got no further, and Simpson crossed the line in 4:19.4—the sixth-fastest time in the race’s 34 runnings—to hold off Martinez by two-tenths of a second and become the first three-time women’s winner in the event’s history. Newcomer Ciara Mageean of Ireland took third in 4:21.2.

Elite Prize Purse Announced for 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon Race Weekend

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HOUSTON (September 3, 2014) - The Houston Marathon Committee (HMC) announced on Wednesday the elite prize purse for the 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon. A total of $276,000 in guaranteed prize money will be awarded to the top finishers in the four races on race day, including a $40,000 first place payout for both the men's and women's champions at the 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon.  


"We always look forward to announcing our prize money for the coming year's races, because that announcement signals the start of our effort to secure the very best available talent to run on the streets of Houston in January," said Board President and Race Director Brant Kotch. "This year's enhanced guaranteed prize money purse, plus numerous time incentives that really broaden the pool of recipients, will allow us to do just that.  The open purse for the Marathon and the USA Half Marathon Championship, mean that spectators and participants alike will be able to watch, and perhaps participate beside, some tremendous professional runners."

Heather Kampf, Eric Finan, Jon Peterson to Compete at Grandma’s Minnesota Mile in Duluth Sept. 7; Results from Races Held Aug. 30-Sept. 2

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Sept. 3, 2014 – Three Team USA Minnesota distance runners – Heather Kampf, Eric Finan and Jon Peterson – will be among the elite competitors at Grandma’s Minnesota Mile in downtown Duluth on Sept. 7

The 2014 point-to-point race will mark the fifth appearance for Kampf at the event.  She won the race in 2012, was second in 2013 and finished third in both 2011 and 2010.  She has a best in the road mile of 4:21.3 which she set this summer when she won the Ryan Shay Mile in Michigan.

Finan has a best in the mile of 3:58.73 which he posted in June when he won the Adrian Martinez Mile in Concord, Mass.  Peterson set his mile best time of 4:00.54 in July at the Letterkenny Mile Challenge in Ireland.

Grandma’s Minnesota Mile is the final stop on the inaugural Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2014.  The women’s elite race will be held at 10:20 a.m. and the men will run at 10:30.

Ritzenhein Leads U.S. Men at Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon

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Three-time U.S. Olympian joins other American stars Deena Kastor, Kara Goucher and Bernard Lagat at 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival Philadelphia - PHILADELPHIA - Three-time U.S. Olympian and 2009 IAAF World Half-Marathon bronze medalist Dathan Ritzenhein ("Ritz") will lead the U.S. men at the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival Philadelphia on September 19-21, 2014. The event, now in its 37th year and renowned throughout the world, is known for its record performances as the scene of five world records, five U.S. marks and numerous age-group records.

Ritz joins a weekend line up of world-class athletes in Philadelphia this year. The men’s half-marathon field includes Kenyans Geoffrey Mutai, Cyprian Kotut and Bedan Karoki, who have all run under an hour for the distance. The women’s race will feature the two fastest Americans at the half-marathon (13.1 miles) distance in history Deena Kastor and Kara Goucher. Headlining Saturday’s first ever Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K is U.S. Olympian Bernard Lagat, one of the world’s all-time great distance runners.

Gabriele Grunewald to Run at DecaNation and Zagreb World Challenge Aug. 30 and Sept. 2; Meghan Peyton, Jon Peterson to Compete at USA 20k Championships in New Haven Sept. 1

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Aug. 27, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota’s Gabriele Grunewald will run in two track meets in Europe over the next week while Meghan Peyton and Jon Peterson will travel to New Haven to compete in the USA 20k Championships on Labor Day.

Grunewald will run the 800 meters as part of the U.S. team at the DecaNations Track & Field meet in Valence, France, on Aug. 30.  The meet is organized by the French Athletics Federation and has been held since 2005 with eight nations participating.  She has a best of 2:01.38 in the 800m.