Lebid going for number nine, Augusto for number one – European XC Champs, PREVIEW

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11 December 2009 - Dublin, Ireland – The host country Ireland surely belongs to those European countries where cross country running is at its best regarding tradition and interest. So European Athletics could hardly have chosen a better venue than Dublin for the 16th Spar European Cross Country Championships, which will take place at Santry Park at the northern boundaries of the Irish capital on Sunday (13).


2009 - End of Year Reviews – SPRINTS

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from IAAF - Monte-Carlo - In the concluding edition of their comprehensive review of the last 12 months of Athletics competition, statisticians A. Lennart Julin and Mirko Jalava give their impressions of the SPRINTS in 2009. MEN - 100m 9.58.

That number more or less sums up 2009 as far as 100m running is concerned. Usain Bolt cutting more than a tenth off of his one-year-old World record in the World Championships final was not just the greatest moment of the year but arguable of the whole history of 100m running. Such a massive improvement of the most prestigious of all World records should simply not be possible in this day and age.


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Kenenisa Bekele and Linet Masai Recognized for Medals, Consistency - NEW YORK (December 28) -- Race Results Weekly, the wire service of distance running, announced today that Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele and Kenyan Linet Masai had been selected the Race Results Weekly 2009 Runners of the Year. RRW, the world’s most comprehensive source of middle and long distance running results and news, selected Bekele and Masai for their dramatic victories at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics and consistency throughout their respective seasons.

ALLAN KIRIK Inducted into American Ultrarunning Hall of Fame

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The American Ultrarunning Association (AUA) has inducted Allan Kirik of New York City into its Hall of Fame in 2009. The 6th Hall of Fame class member is probably the least well known (and least well appreciated) world class ultramarathon runner the USA has ever produced. A classic "mystery man", he lingers incognito in the annals of American ultrarunning. His ultra career was barely a blip on the global radar screen. It lasted only three years. He ran only a handful of ultramarathons in his life. In a sport in which "camaraderie" and "sharing the road / trail" are considered essential ingredients, he ran almost all of his ultra training and racing miles utterly alone. And his legacy of world class credentials was marred by minor technical glitches in three of his finest races.

Olympians Dobson, Donohue Headline Emerald Nuts Midnight Run

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NEW YORK - (December 21, 2009) - As the clock strikes midnight on December 31, New York Road Runners (NYRR) is kicking off the new year in Central Park with fireworks, a costume contest and a four mile fun run for thousands of runners at the 31st Emerald Nuts Midnight Run.