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Raising the ante for Olympic trials Houston seeks to land both races in January 2012

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from the Houston Chronicle - Houston has joined some fancy company as one of three finalists bidding to host the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

But, in typical Houston fashion, organizers of the Chevron Houston Marathon one-upped their lofty rivals — the New York and Boston marathons.

Six Team USA Minnesota Runners to Compete at USA Half Marathon Championships in Houston Jan. 17; Heather Dorniden, Katie McGregor at Indoor Track Meets Jan. 16

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Minneapolis/St. Paul - Jan. 12, 2010 - Six Team USA Minnesota distance runners will be among the competitors at the 2010 USA Half Marathon Championships on Jan. 17.  Hosted by the Aramco Houston Half Marathon, the race features a deep field of American men and women in the national championship.  The event is also part of the USA Running Circuit, a USA Track & Field road series.

1000m, Mile and 5000m All Strong in Boston

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Willis, Pierce and Rupp join Dibaba as distance headliners - BOSTON (Jan. 11) – Following in its tradition of delivering track fans world-class endurance races at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games, organizers announced additional athlete commitments for the 2010 event today.   The athletes announced include Olympic Medalist Nick Willis, number one ranked American 800m runner Anna Pierce (née Willard) and former University of Oregon star Galen Rupp.  They join the previously announced Double Olympic Champion, Tirunesh Dibaba from Ethiopia.  Tickets for the 15th annual Olympic-styled event are on sale now at www.BostonIndoorGames.com or by calling 1-877-TIX-TRAC

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR SEVENTH-ANNUAL MORE/FITNESS HALF-MARATHON, THE LARGEST WOMEN’S ONLY HALF-MARATHON IN THE COUNTRY

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Nearly 10,000 Women are Expected to Lace Up in Central Park on April 25th - New York, NY (January 11, 2010) –More and Fitness magazines announced today that registration is now open for the seventh-annual More /Fitness Half-Marathon, the largest women’s only half-marathon in the country.  The race will host nearly 10,000 women in New York’s Central Park on April 25, 2010 and is executed in partnership with New York Road Runners.  Silk Soymilk is the event sponsor, Bally Total Fitness the event partner and CARE the charitable partner. 

USATF Foundation Approves $385,000 in Grants for 2010

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The USA Track & Field Foundation approved $385,000 for grant funding in 2010 at its winter board meeting in San Diego, USATF Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic and Chairman Bob Greifeld announced Tuesday, January 5, 2010. The total includes money available for youth grants, elite grants and special programs such as The Distance Project.

Strong International Fields Assembled for 2010 Chevron Houston Marathon

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HOUSTON (Jan. 11, 2010) - Runners from Ethiopia, Kenya and the United States are expected to set the pace this Sunday in Houston, as a record 22,000 runners compete in the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon.