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Flanagan to Headline Chicago’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival

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Olympic medalist to pace at Saturday’s 5k and race in Sunday’s Half Marathon; First of five scheduled Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festivals to launch in Chicago on July 18-20; Runners can still register to the Remix Challenge - CHICAGO  – Olympic bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan will lead two days of running at the first ever Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival in Chicago the weekend of Friday-Sunday, July 18-20. America’s top female marathoner will warm-up with runners at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago 5K on Saturday and then compete at the 6th Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon presented by HumanaVitality on Sunday. Both events start and finish at Grant Park in downtown Chicago. 

“From the Billy Joel concert on Friday night at Wrigley Field to Saturday’s 5K and Sunday’s half-marathon, it’s going to be an incredible weekend in Chicago,” said Flanagan (right, credit PhotoRun), who set her half-marathon personal record (PR) of 1 hour, 8 minutes, 31 seconds at Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans last year. “This will be my first step towards a marathon this fall and I'm excited to see where my fitness is at after my recent training in Park City. It will also be a treat for me to shakeout with the Chicago running community at the 5K on Saturday while enjoying the amazing views of the downtown skyline along the city’s beautiful lakefront.”

In its 6th year as Chicago’s premier half-marathon, the event will welcome more than 20,000 runners over race weekend. This year marks the first time race weekend will include two days of running with 5k events taking place on Saturday and Sunday. All finishers will earn a medal at each race, however runners who participate in both Saturday and Sunday’s events will earn a special Remix Challenge medal to commemorate their accomplishment.

Kebede and Kimetto ready to race in Berlin

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Two of the fastest marathon-runners of all-time will go head-to-head at the BMW Berlin Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on 28 September.

Dennis Kimetto came to prominence in the German capital two years ago when he was a narrow second to training partner Geoffrey Mutai in the fastest ever debut time of 2:04:16. Since then, Kimetto won the Tokyo Marathon last year in a course record of 2:06:50, and the Chicago Marathon in another course record of 2:03:45 to move to third on the world all-time lists.

Kimetto has in fact done a lot of his best running in Berlin. The 30-year-old set his half-marathon lifetime best of 59:14 in Berlin in 2012, and he returned five weeks later to set a world 25km record of 1:11:18 in the BIG 25 which famously finishes on the blue track inside the stadium which hosted the 1936 Olympic Games.

Grabau, Gacek Win Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon

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More than 2300 compete in 13.1 mile and relay portions of event - MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (July 4, 2014) – Zane Grabau of Waterville and Melissa Gacek of White Bear Lake won individual victories at this morning’s Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon and Relay. Grabau ran the 13.1 mile course in 1 hour, 12 minutes, and 53 seconds to win the men’s title. Gacek clocked 1:22:17 for the women’s crown.

“It was a perfect day for it,” Grabau, 26, said at the finish line. “Nice and pretty cool, not too hot and a pretty flat course. I felt good until the end, but that’s how it goes. Second place pushed me along.”

Daniel Peters of Minneapolis finished second in 1:13:37; Ted Heikkila of Duluth was third at 1:14:33.

Landry, Hastings Win 2014 USA 10 km Championships

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Landry, Hastings Win on Picture-Perfect Peachtree Day - ATLANTA, July 4, 2014 – On one of the coolest days in the 45-year history of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, Christo Landry kept his hot streak alive, winning his third-consecutive title on the roads this year when he took the lead with 400 meters to go to win the race and the men’s USA 10 km Championships in 28:25.

Winning the women’s race and USA 10 km Championships was Amy Hastings, who seized the lead at the crest of Cardiac Hill and never relinquished it, breaking the tape in 32:16 for her first 10K road title. Hastings, 30, was on a streak of her own: the AJC Peachtree Road Race was her third 10-kilometer race in 21 days.

Each of the winners took home $15,000 of the $100,000 total prize purse on a partly sunny morning with a temperature of 67 degrees at the start. It was the second year in a row that the AJC Peachtree Road Race, the largest road race in the country and the largest 10K in the world, played host to both the men’s and women’s USA 10 km Championships.

Asked about her grueling competition schedule, Hastings, of East Providence, RI, said: “I did things like that in college, but it’s been a long time.”

ASICS ELITE TRIATHLETE GWEN JORGENSEN MAKES HISTORY WITH ITU WORLD TRIATHLON CHICAGO WIN

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Gwen Jorgensen wins the ITU World Triathlon Chicago with a time of 1:53.33 -  Irvine, Calif., July 1, 2014ASICS Americacongratulates Gwen Jorgensen on her amazing win at this weekend’s ITU World Triathlon Chicago.  This win makes her the only women in history of the World Triathlon Series to win six races, and further solidifies her leadership position as No. 1. Gwen having come off her fifth career win last month at the ITU World Triathlon London was well positioned to continue her dominance in the sport.

“I am excited to capture this win in Chicago. Many of my family and friends were able to see me race for the first time,” said Gwen Jorgensen. “I could feel the support of not only my friends but also my ASICS family on the course. This helped me to stay focused and propelled me to the finish line for the win.”

Gwen came out of the water 15th, close to the lead back. Gwen then fell back into the second pack for the entire bike section of the race. The lead pack worked hard and put over a minute on the second pack. Gwen came off the bike 1:06 back and switched into gear, into what she does best, the run. She closed the gap by 33 seconds with three miles to go and then finally caught the leaders with a half mile to go and she never looked back. Gwen won the race in a time of 1:53.33.

EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler 2014 Announces $15,500 Prize Purse

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$5000 U.S.-only bonus part of the American Development Program; top fields expected at second edition on Sunday, Nov. 9 - PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler returns on Sunday, November 9 with a guaranteed prize purse of $15,500, including new American-only bonuses totaling $5000 as part of the inaugural American Development Program. Each race champion of this second annual fall event will take home $2500, while the top four U.S. men and women finishers will be eligible for additional bonus money.

“The inaugural EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler was a huge success, and we expect our second edition to be even bigger and better,” said Patrice Matamoros, EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler race director. “The increased, guaranteed prize purse should also draw a deep elite field, particularly top American distance runners.”

Last year’s inaugural event, with nearly 4,000 finishers, was won by Kenyans Elijah Muturi Karanja and Sarah Kiptoo in 46:50 and 53:56, respectively, and top Americans were Fernando Cabada (47:32, 5th overall) and Lindsey Scherf (55:55, 4th overall).