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Heather Kampf to Compete at Michigan Track Classic on Aug. 10; Gabriele Grunewald, Kampf Go 1-2 at the Liberty Mile in Pittsburgh

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Aug. 6, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf will compete in the 800 meters at the 2014 Michigan Track Classic on Aug. 10.  The event will be held at the Saline High School track, which is located in Saline, Michigan, near Ann Arbor.  The 800 meter race starts at 7:30 p.m.

Kampf has a best in the distance of 2:00.04.

At the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile in Pittsburgh on Aug. 1, Gabriele Grunewald was first and teammate Kampf was second in times of 4:31.68 and 4:32.12 respectively.  Kampf has been a two-time winner of the Liberty Mile while Grunewald had finished second in the first year of the race in 2012.

Kogo, Huddle Headline Speedy Fields for New Balance Falmouth Road Race

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Two-time New Balance Falmouth Road Race champion Micah Kogo returns to defend his title - FALMOUTH, Mass. (July 30, 2014)— The second-fastest 10K athlete in history, the fastest 10K runner in the world so far this year, and the new American Record-holder for a women-only 10K join 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi in headlining the 42nd running of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race, race organizers announced.

They, along with the rest of the elite-athlete field, will be vying for a share of the $89,500 in total prize money awarded to top finishers in the 7-mile race from Woods Hole to Falmouth Heights, which begins at 9:00 AM Sunday, August 17, and the Falmouth Mile, which kicks off at 5:00 PM on Saturday, August 16, at the James Kalperis Track at Falmouth High School. Rosters for the Mile will be announced soon.

On the men’s side, two-time New Balance Falmouth Road Race champion Micah Kogo returns to defend his title. The 28-year-old Kenyan will seek to become just the fourth man (after Bill Rodgers, John Korir, and Gilbert Okari) to win here for a third time. A former World Record-holder at 10K, whose time of 27:01 still makes him the second-fastest man in history, Kogo is also the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist at 10,000 meters.

Third Time’s a Charm for Jordan McNamara at GNC Live Well Liberty Mile

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PITTSBURGH – (August 1, 2014) – At the third GNC Live Well Liberty Mile on Friday, Aug 1 in downtown Pittsburgh, the American Development Program pro races ended in two thrilling finishes as Jordan McNamara of Eugene, Ore. and Gabriele Grunewald of Minneapolis, Minn. used closing bursts to edge their respective fields. McNamara clocked 4 minutes, 3 seconds and Grunewald finished in 4:32, tying Heather Kampf’s event record set last year.

In the City of Champions on a warm summer evening, the women’s field was taken out by Sarah Brown on the u-shaped road course run on Penn and Liberty Avenues. With a quarter mile remaining, Brown and Lauren Penney were together at 3:27 with the rest of the field right behind. In the final 100 meters, Grunewald and Kampf moved past Brown for the final sprint with Grunewald, 28, just edging two-time defending champion and Team USA Minnesota teammate Kampf, 4:31.68 to 4:32.12 (road times are converted to the next full second).

Steel, Karoki Victorious at 17th TD Beach to Beacon 10K

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New Mainer Michelle Lilienthal shatters course record in Maine Resident race as Will Geoghegan dominates the men’s side - CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (August 2, 2014) – Great Britain’s Gemma Steel outsprinted American distance running great Shalane Flanagan to join Bedan Karoki of Kenya on Saturday as champions in the 17th TD Beach to Beacon 10 Road Race in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Karoki (27:36), a Kenyan Olympian, outlasted fellow Kenyan Stephen Kosgei Kibet (27:42) and Maine native Ben True (27:50) for a hard-fought victory that saw the exhausted lead runners collapse to the ground after the finish. Steel avenged last year’s runner-up placing by reaching the finish tape a mere three tenths of a second – .31 – in front of Flanagan after a classic road race duel down the homestretch. Both runners received identical times of 31:27.

The fantastic finishes added to the lore of a road race that lived up to its reputation as one of the fastest and most competitive 10Ks in the world.

Geoffrey Mutai takes on newcomer Geoffrey Ronoh in Prague

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Only a few weeks ago the Kenyan Geoffrey Ronoh made headlines when he beat world-class marathon stars Wilson Kipsang and Dennis Kimetto to win the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon even though he began the race as a pacemaker. He’ll soon be back for another big race in the RunCzech Running League when he lines up over 10 km against more big names from Kenyan athletics in the Birell Prague Grand Prix. Top of the list will be Geoffrey Mutai, the fastest marathon runner of all time. The Birell Prague Grand Prix is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, the top category of international road races.

Meb Keflezighi and Caroline Wozniacki to run 2014 TCS New York City Marathon

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Meb Keflezighi, the 2014 Boston Marathon champion and winner of the 2009 New York City Marathon, and Caroline Wozniacki, formerly the top-ranked tennis player in the world, will run as Team for Kids Ambassadors at the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon on 2 November, organisers announced on Thursday (31).

“We’re excited to welcome two of the world’s top athletes to the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon as Team for Kids Ambassadors,” said Mary Wittenberg, President and CEO of New York Road Runners who are the organisers of the IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

“Both Meb, who is the ultimate example of the American Dream, and Caroline, who has reached the pinnacle of the tennis world, will transcend their roles as professional athletes by representing the hundreds of thousands of young people who benefit from NYRR’s free youth running programs and initiatives.