RRCA Announces Grants to U.S. Distance Training Centers and Elite Athletes

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$65,000 guaranteed funding for Rio hopefuls plus bonus money - Arlington, VA - The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is pleased to announce that the RRCA Board of Directors has developed a one-time special grant project designed to support U.S. Distance Training Centers and elite U.S. athletes as they prepare for competition heading into the Olympic Games qualifying marathon that will be hosted in Los Angeles, CA in February 2016.

Since 1962, RRCA has provided financial support to elite runners, and in 1996, Montreal Olympic Marathoner Don Kardong was elected as RRCA president and through his leadership, the highly successful Roads Scholar® program was launched. The goal of the Roads Scholar program is to assist post-collegiate American runners who show great promise to develop into national and world class distance running athletes. In 1997, during the second year of the Roads Scholar grant program, the RRCA gave a grant to a young, promising distance runner by the name of Deena Drossin (Kastor) who later won the bronze medal in the 2004 Athens Olympic Marathon.

Tarmoh and Bracy cause sprint upsets in Birmingham – IAAF Diamond League

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Moments after crossing the line in the 200m at the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix, USA’s Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix were given the same time of 22.29 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting on Sunday (7).

The pair probably felt a slight sense of déjà vu.

Three years earlier at the US Olympic Trials, Tarmoh and Felix had finished joint third in the 100m. With the Olympic berths going to the top three finishers, the training partners had to be separated somehow. After talk of a re-run and even the flipping of a coin, Tarmoh eventually let Felix have the place on the team.

In Birmingham, though, Tarmoh finally gained redemption.

Pichardo still perfect in 2015 after Rome win – IAAF Diamond League

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Pedro Pablo Pichardo stamped his authority on the triple jump competition from his very first jump and ended up improving both the meeting and stadium records with his winning effort of 17.96m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome on Thursday (4).

The 21-year-old Cuban may not yet have surpassed Jonathan Edwards’ long-standing world record of 18.29m but he did beat one of the Briton’s slightly inferior marks, the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea meeting record of 17.60m which had stood since 1998.

Into the bargain, the stadium record – formerly 17.92m and owned by Bulgaria’s Khristo Markov since he won at the 1987 IAAF World Championships – also fell to Pichardo.

American Ben True and Defending Champion Joyce Chepkirui Win the 2015 UAE Healthy Kidney 10K

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The 2015 UAE Healthy Kidney 10K had two photo finishes, with American Ben True (Enfield, NH) and defending champion Joyce Chepkirui of Kenya claiming victories - NEW YORK (May 30, 2015)—The 2015UAE Healthy Kidney 10K had two photo finishes, with American Ben True (Enfield, NH) and defending championJoyce Chepkirui of Kenya claiming victories on Saturday, May 30, in Central Park.

In the men’s race, True, 29, became the first American champion sinceDathan Ritzenhein in 2007 with a time of 28:13, just edging out defending champion Stephen Sambu of Kenya, who finished second, also in 28:13. 2011 and 2013 New York City Marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya finished third in 28:20.

“Sambu and Mutai went right after the four-mile mark, and that’s when I started getting a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to hang on with them,” said True. “But, I told myself going into the race that if I was with them with 8K to go, I’d have a good shot, because I was going to be too stubborn to let them get a away from me with only 2K to go.”

Kenya's Chebet Wins Third Title at Freihofer's Run for Women

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Kenyan becomes fourth Runner to win three or more titles in Albany, N.Y.; Serena Burla is first US finisher - ALBANY, NY (May 30, 2015) — Perfect running weather and a new course greeted a field of 3,807 runners for this morning’s 37th Freihofer’s Run for Women. The course re-design was made necessary by a beautification project of the stunning Empire State Plaza, a change that will remain in place for the race through 2016.

Conjecture about the new geography was matched by speculation about the ultimate winner of the $10,000 first place prize. On paper, the new course appeared faster; a less steep incline in the opening mile, fewer turns and more shade. Would this play into the hands of speedsters such as two-time champion and course record holder (15:12)Emily Chebet (KEN) and Buze Diriba (ETH)?

Or would it favor strength runners such a Burundian Olympic marathoner Diane Nukuri and Ethiopia’s Meskerem Assefa?

As the gun fired at 9:30 a.m. to set the field underway, there were even more questions than usual.

Meb Keflezighi Wins USATF Masters Title at Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon

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92-year-old Harriette Thompson becomes oldest woman in the world to run a marathon - SAN DIEGO (May 31, 2015) – San Diego lived up to its nickname as “America’s Finest City” this weekend. More than 26,000 athletes ran through its streets at theSuja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & 1/2 Marathon on Sunday and the new Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K on Saturday.

The half-marathon doubled as the USATF Masters Half Marathon Championships and 40-year-old Meb Keflezighi, competing in his first race as a master, took home the title with a time of 1:02:29. The fastest ever half-marathon run by a master.

For Keflezighi, an Olympic silver medalist and winner of both the Boston and New York City Marathons, the race was especially memorable considering that the 40-year-old broke two American masters records enroute (10 mile and 15K) and ended up with the USATF Masters title—his first. Jen Rhines from Boston won the women’s masters race in 1:16:36.