Braun, Johnson Win Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon

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Seven American athletes qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials; Event weekend welcomed more than 16,000 entrants in its 9th year - SAN JOSE, Calif. (October 5, 2014) - It was a warm morning in San Jose and Aaron Braun knew he had some competition out there. He came out ready to go and looking for the win.

Behind the strength of a strong surge into the lead just past the 11-mile mark, Braun, a 27-year-old from Alamos, Calif., ran in a close pack of five breaking down to two at mile 9. Braun’s tactics resulted in a strong lead to the finish line, crossing the tape in 1 hour, 2 minutes and 56 seconds.

“I wanted to go fast today but with it being warm I set that aside and wanted to go for the win,” Braun said of his performance. “Up next for me is the .US 12K Championships. I won it last year, and I’m trying to go back and win the title. I was two seconds away from the American record.”

United States bids for 2019 IAAF World Outdoor Championships

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INDIANAPOLIS – USA Track & Field and TrackTown USA this week officially submitted a bid for the 2019 IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships, proposing Eugene, Oregon, as the host for the sport’s largest and most prestigious stand-alone event.

The IAAF World Championships – a biennial nine-day competition featuring the world’s finest track and field athletes – will be the largest sporting event in the world in 2019, with nearly 2,000 participants representing more than 200 countries. The IAAF’s crown jewel has never been held in the U.S., dating back to the inaugural meet contested in Helsinki, Finland in 1983. The 2015 IAAF World Championships will be held in Beijing, and the 2017 edition is set for London.

The bid is the next step in an active two years for USATF and TrackTown USA on the international level.  On the competitions front, TrackTown USA served as local organizing committee (LOC) for the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships at historic Hayward Field last summer, the first time ever on U.S. soil, and will be the LOC for the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon. Away from the track, USATF in June hosted the IAAF Council meeting and earlier this year hosted the North American, Central American and Caribbean Women’s Conference in Miami.

Dennis Kimetto makes marathon history on the streets of Berlin while Tirfi Tsegaye’s patience is rewarded with women’s world lead at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON (plus photos)

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A new chapter in the marathon was opened with a magnificent flourish by Dennis Kimetto in Berlin on Sunday (September 28). In only his fifth race at the distance, the Kenyan smashed the 2:03 barrier a year after his compatriot Wilson Kipsang had brought the world record down to 2:03:23 on the same course. Kimetto’s is the tenth world record on a course which makes full use of Berlin’s flat terrain and gentle corners. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is an IAAF Gold Label race and part of the World Marathon Majors Series.

Emmanuel Mutai finished second in 2:03:13, ten seconds inside the old record while Ethiopia’s Abera Kuma broke through to the marathon elite with third place in a personal best of 2:05:56.

Ethiopia’s Tirfi Tsegaye fulfilled her ambition of ascending to the top place on the podium as the 2012 Berlin runner-up took just over a minute off her personal best to win in 2:20:18, the fastest time in the world this year and nine seconds ahead of her training partner Feyse Tadese. Shalane Flanagan attacked early in the race and led through halfway, on course to break the American record, but faded to finish third in what was nonetheless her fastest ever time of 2:21:14.

Women’s Trio set sights on entry to exclusive marathon club in BMW BERLIN-MARATHON

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The Ethiopian duo of Tirfi Tsegaye and Feyse Tadese together with Shalane Flanagan of the USA hope to be knocking on the door of an exclusive distance running club when the 41st edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON gets underway at 8.45 am on Sunday (September 28). The trio aim to break the 2:20 barrier for the marathon, a landmark achieved by 18 women so far in history. Five have that distinction in Berlin with Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat the last to succeed in that attempt with her time of 2:19:44 in 2011. The women’s course record of 2:19:12 has remained in the possession of Japan’s 2004 Olympic Marathon champion Mizuki Noguchi since 2005. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race and a World Marathon Majors (WMM) event.

Tirfi Tsegaye lives in Addis Ababa but hails from Oromia, one of the most fertile sources of Ethiopia running talent, including Kenenise Bekele. The winner of the Paris title two years ago, Dubai last year and Tokyo this February is very much aware of that heritage.

“I’m proud to come from Oromia and to have grown up in the capital of Arsi. I know all about our running tradition and want to represent that here on the streets of Berlin.”

Competitive edge has potential to take men’s field to brink of world record and beyond in Berlin on Sunday

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Such is the breadth of experience to sharpen the competitive instincts of the men’s field for the 41st edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday (September 28), that the race to the finish line close to the Brandenburg Gate could see the world record broken almost as an afterthought. The talk among the leading competitors on Friday was of solid preparation and readiness to profit from past Berlin success or take a plunge into new territory. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is an IAAF Gold Label race and a World Marathon Majors (WMM) event.

Dennis Kimetto is quietly spoken even by laid-back Kenyan standards but there is no mistaking the intent of the man who broke the course record with a personal best of 2:03:45 to win Chicago last October. He is one of the contenders who knows just how fast this course can be. In 2012 he lost his running dynamo a few strides from the finish line which was enough for his training partner Geoffrey Mutai to surge to victory. All this on his marathon debut and setting the fastest ever time of 2:04:16 for first timer at the distance.

“I know I am ready. My preparation has been good and I’m confident for Sunday. If the conditions are good, yes, we could break the world record.”

Defending Champs Huddle and Braun Return to .US National 12K

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The .US National 12K is the season-capping race to the USA Running Circuit (USARC), a series of races that annually provides nearly $1 million in prize money to American runners - INDIANAPOLIS -- 2013 .US National 12K champions Molly Huddle (Providence, Rhode Island) and Aaron Braun (Ft. Collins, Colorado) are back for more, as both athletes have confirmed their participation in the 2014 .US National 12K on Sunday, November 16 in Alexandria, Virginia.

The .US National 12K is the season-capping race to the USA Running Circuit (USARC), a series of races that annually provides nearly $1 million in prize money to American runners. Elite athletes will vie for a combined $100,000 in prize money in Alexandria.

2013 was the inaugural .US race, which saw Huddle set a new world best over 12K in 37 minutes, 50 seconds. Since then, the 2012 Olympian has dominated both the track and the roads, and currently carries a USARC winning streak of six races (3/15/12) into the .US National 12K. Huddle is the American record holder over 5,000 meters, finishing in 14:42.64 at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco this year. She won the New York Mini 10K in 31:37, setting an American record for an all-women’s road 10K and becoming the first American Mini champion since Deena Kastor in 2004.