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2009 - End of Year Reviews – ROAD: Running/Race Walking

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From IAAF -Monte-Carlo - In the fifth of their eight part season review, Statisticians A. Lennart Julin (SWE) and Mirko Jalava (FIN) highlight the key action on the Roads - long distance running and the Race Walks.

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The standards in marathon running have risen remarkably in recent years and this process continued – and even picked up its pace - making 2009 the greatest year of all-time quality-wise clearly surpassing the previous top-year 2008 on all levels but one: Haile Gebrselassie's World record 2:03:59 from Berlin last year remained intact.

Lagat to chase history at the 103rd Millrose Games

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from USATF - INDIANAPOLIS - Two-time Olympic medalist Bernard Lagat will attempt to make history when he competes in the legendary Wanamaker Mile on Friday, January 29, at the 103rd Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The 2007 World Outdoor 1,500m and 5,000m champion, Lagat won his seventh Wanamaker Mile title at last year's Millrose Games, which tied all-time Irish legend and "Chariman of the Boards" Eamonn Coghlan for the most wins ever in that prestigious event.

JOHN HANCOCK FINANCIAL ANNOUNCES TOP AMERICANS MEB KEFLEZIGHI AND RYAN HALL TO RUN 2010 BOSTON MARATHON AND SEEK AMERICAN WIN

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BOSTON, MA, December 18, 2009—In celebration of its 25th anniversary as the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, John Hancock Financial today announced the signing of top Americans, Meb Keflezighi and Ryan Hall, for the 114th running of the race on April 19, 2010.

Keflezighi and Hall have proven themselves as two of the best distance runners of all time. They have the talent and credentials to challenge Boston’s world-class field as they each seek

Double Olympic Champion Dibaba Returning to Boston

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BOSTON (Dec. 15) – Ethiopia’s double Olympic Champion Tirunesh Dibaba will be among the headliners at the 2010 Reebok Boston Indoor Games on Feb. 6, organizers announced today. Tickets for the 15th annual Olympic-styled event are on sale now at www.BostonIndoorGames.com or by calling 1-877-TIX-TRAC.

Dibaba, nicknamed the “baby face destroyer” for her devastating finishing kick, is one of the sport’s most accomplished stars.  In addition to her three Olympic medals (Beijing 10,000m – Gold, Beijing 5000m – Gold, Athens 5000m – Bronze), Dibaba owns eight World Championship titles in track and cross country from 2003 through 2008.  She did not compete at the Berlin World Championships due to a foot injury.

Blake braves snow to repeat at Junior Olympic XC Champs

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from USATF - INDIANAPOLIS - Following an hour-long delay due to snowy conditions, Samuel Blake brought home another national cross country title, and the San Diego Road Runners and the Equalizers each brought home two team titles Saturday at the 2009 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, Nevada.

The event featured more than 2,300 runners, with athletes aged 8 to 18 competing for boys' and girls' titles in five age divisions. The USATF Junior Olympic program age divisions are bantam (10 and under) racing over 3 kilometers; midget (11-12) racing 3 km; youth (13-14) racing 4 km; intermediate (15-16) racing 5 km; and young men/women (17-18) racing 5 km.