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Meghan Armstrong, Matt Gabrielson, Antonio Vega to Run 3000m at Northwest Open Jan. 9; Four Team USA Minnesota Runners in Track and Field News Top 10 Rankings for 2009

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Minneapolis/St. Paul - Jan. 7, 2010 - Three Team USA Minnesota runners - Meghan Armstrong, Matt Gabrielson and Antonio Vega - will compete in the 3000 meters at the Northwest Open on Jan. 9.  The meet will be held at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse in Minneapolis, with running events beginning at 1:30 p.m.  The three are using the event as a tune-up for the USA Half Marathon Championships which will be held in Houston on Jan. 17.

Cherkos and Kalovics take the honours at the 53rd Campaccio XC

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From IAAF - San Giorgio su Legnano, Italy - Abraham Cherkos Feleke from Ethiopia, the reigning World Junior 5000m champion, won the 53rd edition of the Campaccio International Cross Country race – EA Permit - which took place today (6) in San Giorgio su Legnano.

Cherkos beat last year’s Campaccio winner Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge by one second thanks to his devastating kick on the final bend.

Emerald Across the Bay 12K

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SAN FRANCISCO/SAUSALITO (March 21st, 2010):  Founded in 1984 the 27th Annual Emerald Across the Bay 12K is the oldest race across the Golden Gate Bridge. On Sunday, March 21th 2010 the Emerald 12K expects 5,000 runners, many of them veterans of the scenic, challenging route from Sausalito to San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge. For most, the challenge is fun and inspiring. For an elite few serious speed is the issue.

Big Sur Marathon Sells Out

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The Big Sur International Marathon has sold out its entries for the April 2010 marathon event, with additional distance events nearing capacity as well.

“This is the earliest we’ve sold out in the past several years,” stated race director Wally Kastner, attributing the rise in early interest to two recent accolades published in Runner’s World Magazine.  In December, the Big Sur International Marathon was named as one of the country’s top three marathons, and in January Big Sur topped the list of “Best Destination” marathons.

Dubai - Citius, Altirs, Fortius

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Dubai puts a different slant on the Olympic motto of citius, altius, fortius. Development was dynamic, the bust was bigger, as was the bail-out, and the towers are taller. Now, in the wake of Monday’s opening of the Burj Khalifa, rising more than 800 metres over the desert floor, the emirate awaits the arrival of Haile Gebrselassie, fastest man in the world at the longest race.


Inside a decade, the upcoming Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon (January 22) has gone from a backwater event to one of the world’s fastest races. That says race director Peter Connerton is thanks to several factors. “Standard Chartered coming in as title sponsor half a dozen years ago put us on a firm basis, and Dubai Holding putting up a million dollars prize money (with a $1m bonus for a world record) two years ago helped us to get Haile on board.


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Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (12/31-1/3) -- On a bitterly cold New Year's Eve, hundreds of high school-age female athletes--some from as far away as Philadelphia and New Jersey--flocked to Brooklyn's Pratt Institute to compete at the 36th Annual Colgate Women's Games, the nation's longest running free track and field competition for girls and women.