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Kipsang, Kimetto and Bekele to clash in London Marathon

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Ten athletes with sub-2:06 lifetime bests including reigning champion Wilson Kipsang, world record-holder Dennis Kimetto and Kenenisa Bekele will be lining up in the Virgin Money London Marathon on 26 April - A glittering elite men’s field including reigning champion Wilson Kipsang has been put in place for the 35th edition of the Virgin Money London Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on 26 April.

Kipsang will defend his London Marathon title in a mile-by-mile bout against fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto, the man who made history last autumn when he broke Kipsang’s record to become the first man ever to run 26.2 miles under the 2:03-mark.

Kimetto, who clocked 2:02:57 in last September’s Berlin Marathon, will make his London Marathon debut in April, while Kipsang takes on the iconic course for the fourth time, having won in 2012 and 2014.

Worku looks to three-peat at 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon

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Aramco Houston Half Marathon to host USA Half Marathon Championships - HOUSTON (January 7, 2015) - The 43rd edition of the Chevron Houston Marathon Race Weekend features stacked fields in both the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aramco Houston Half Marathon, which plays host to the USA Half Marathon Championships. Race-day for the 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon is Sunday, January 18.

 

"Three of our four 2014 champions are returning in 2015, although one has switched from the half marathon to the marathon," said Chevron Houston Marathon Race Director Brant Kotch. "Our professional fields for the marathon are particularly well-stocked with runners who have had promising debuts and other quality results, and we think they're ready to step up and deliver some really stellar performances on our stage. The fields in the USA Half Marathon Championships are deeper than ever, even with intentionally heightened entry standards. We think everyone is ready to put on a first-class show."

KEFLEZIGHI, FLANAGAN TO LEAD USA ELITES AT BOSTON MARATHON

Written by David Monti - 2015 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved, used with permission.

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(07-Jan) -- Reigning Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi and Olympic bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan will lead the home-country charge at the 119th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 20, race organizers announced this morning.

Keflezighi, 39, from San Diego, Calif., became the first American man to win Boston in 31 years last year when he broke away in the first half, ran most of the race alone, and was never caught.  He held off Kenya's Wilson Chebet in the homestretch on Boylston Street to win in a career best 2:08:47.  He'll try to become the first American since Bill Rodgers in 1980 to successfully defend a Boston Marathon title.

Jon Grey, Heather Kampf to Compete at Great Edinburgh Cross Country International Challenge in Scotland Jan. 10

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Jan. 6, 2015 – Team USA Minnesota’s Jon Grey and Heather Kampf have been named to the U.S. team that will compete at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country International Challenge in Scotland on Jan. 10.

Grey will be a member of the senior men’s team that will compete in the 8k, while Kampf will run in the 2 x 1k international mixed relay.  Grey’s selection resulted from his seventh place finish at the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships on Dec. 13.  Kampf is one of the country’s top milers and has been paired with U.S. runner Ben True for the relay.

Ritzenhein makes winning return to cross-country at Campaccio

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Dathan Ritzenhein created a small slice of history today (6) as he became the first American winner of the Campaccio Cross Country, an IAAF Cross Country Permit race, held in San Giorgio su Legnano.

Ritzenhein spent most of the 2014 season sidelined with a groin and ankle injury but the three-time Olympian, despite admitting he wasn’t at full fitness, still ran out victorious at the 58th running of this race which was held over 10km.

The American crossed the finish-line in 29:08 to dash the hopes of home favourites Andrea Lalli and Daniele Meucci, who were looking to become the first Italian winner of the Campaccio since Francesco Panetta in 1993.

MIZUNO USA HIRES INDUSTRY VETERAN MARK SHEEHAN AS VICE PRESIDENT OF RUNNING PRODUCT MANAGEMENT

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Norcross, GA. (January 5, 2015) – Mizuno USA, a global leader in sports apparel, footwear and equipment, announced today the appointment of Mark Sheehan as Vice President - Product Management, Running Division. Sheehan will report to Dick Lyons, Senior VP/GM – Product Divisions.

“In order to achieve sustainable leadership positions in the respective categories in which we compete, Mizuno USA has engineered, and is implementing, a significant transformation to reinforce our competencies and capabilities,” said Bob Puccini, President of Mizuno USA and Director of Mizuno Corporation. “Our Running Division is an especially critical piece of our growth plans.  To drive accelerated growth, we have been making fundamental changes to different parts of our business, including how we are structured, how we innovate and how we go to market.  Mark’s hiring is an important step in this ongoing change.”