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IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 Single-session tickets for Portland 2016 available Friday

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Single-session tickets for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 go on sale to the public on Friday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. (Pacific).

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch the world’s greatest track and field athletes take their first global steps of the season on the Road to Rio.

More than 600 athletes from as many as 200 different countries will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in each of the 13 men’s and women’s events at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016.

The four-day meet will be held March 17-20 at the Oregon Convention Center. A complete schedule of events can be found online at Portland2016.com. Single-session tickets are available in three different price categories for each of the five individual sessions, ranging from $30 to $159.

Those who purchase single-session tickets will also be given the option for free admission to the men’s and women’s pole vault competition and opening ceremonies at the Oregon Convention Center on Thursday, March 17.

USATF response to WADA Independent Commission report

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Statement from USATF CEO Max Siegel on WADA Independent Commission Report: "Today's Independent Commission report reveals alleged activity that compromised the integrity of athletic competition and violated the rights of athletes, fans, federations and the integrity of the sport itself. USATF will continue to support the IAAF's efforts to set a new course for its future and to clean up the sport in all areas, from anti-doping to ethics and governance."

2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Application Period Opens March 8

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Registration will be conducted through a system of guaranteed entry options as well as through a non-guaranteed entry drawing. The 39th race will take place on Sunday, October 9 in scenic Grant Park. - CHICAGO - Te Bank of America Chicago Marathon has announced that runner applications will be accepted for the 2016 event beginning Tuesday, March 8, by visiting chicagomarathon.com. Registration will be conducted through a system of guaranteed entry options as well as through a non-guaranteed entry drawing. The 39th race will take place on Sunday, October 9 in scenic Grant Park.

Individuals unable to meet the criteria for guaranteed entry may apply through the non-guaranteed entry drawing which will open on Tuesday, March 15. Runners will have until Tuesday, April 12, to apply for either a guaranteed and non-guaranteed entry. The cost of an entry is $185 for United States residents and $210 for those residing outside of the United States.

"The Bank of America Chicago Marathon attracts runners from across the United States and around the world to run the iconic streets of our city," said Carey Pinkowski, executive race director. "With 37,459 runners crossing the finish line of the 2015 event, we anticipate once again welcoming a large contingency of runners - both first-timers and marathon veterans - to Chicago in October. The 2016 Chicago Marathon will be here before we know it!"

Abdirahman Leading the Way for Olympic Hopefuls at Rock 'n' Roll Arizona

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Four-time U.S. Olympian Abdi Abdirahman to pace sub-1:05 half-marathon group on last day of qualifying; More than 20,000 runners will hit the pavement this weekend for 13th edition event - PHOENIX (January 14, 2016) - While long-distance running may appear to be a solitary affair, if you ask four-time U.S. Olympian Abdi Abdirahman, you will most likely get a shake of the head. The 39-year-old pro, who enjoys the moniker “Black Cactus,” will be toeing the start line at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon on Jan. 17 in Tempe with one big goal in mind: Help his fellow elite runners qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon is the last chance for many runners to qualify for the Trials on Feb. 13 in Los Angeles. A blistering time of one hour and five seconds for 13.1 miles, which equates to 4:57 per mile, is required for men to book their ticket to the Trials. The top three runners in that event are then selected to represent the U.S. at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

On Sunday, Abdirahman will be leading the 1:04:45 group. “I’m looking forward to heading to Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona,” he says. “It’s the last day for people to qualify for the Olympic Trials so my goal is to run hard, run solid and help as many people get across that line under 65 minutes.”

John Hancock Financial Announces 2016 Boston Marathon International Elite Field

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38 elite athletes from 12 countries invited for 120th running of the historic race on Monday, April 18 - BOSTON  (January 13, 2016) — In its 31st year as principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, John Hancock Financial today announced the elite field for the 120th running of the Boston Marathon on April 18. A complete field list follows.

Boston Marathon champions Lelisa Desisa, Caroline Rotich, Geoffrey Mutai and Wesley Korir return to compete in the world’s most historic marathon, and will be strongly challenged by an exceptional men’s and women’s international field. Combined, the team has won 16 Abbott World Marathon Majors, Olympic and IAAF World Championships medals, and 89 global marathons.

The chase for the 2016 men’s title will be dynamic with six men in the field holding personal bests under 2:05, and 10 with lifetime bests under 2:06.

Former champions Daska and Seboka added to Dubai Marathon women's field

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Former Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon women’s winners Mamitu Daska and Mula Seboka will return to the Emirate and contest this year’s race on 22 January, organisers of the IAAF Gold Label Road Race announced on Monday (4).

Daska and Seboka, winners in 2010 and 2014 respectively, will join their Ethiopian compatriot and 2013 Dubai champion Tirfi Tsegaye on the start line.

Since winning in Dubai, Daska has lowered her marathon personal best to 2:21:59, which she set when winning the Frankfurt Marathon in 2011.