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Colorado Runners on Top at Mt. Washington Road Race

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Two runners from Colorado Springs, Colorado, broke through in a major way on Saturday - PINKHAM NOTCH, NH (June 21, 2014) – Veteran mountain runner Joseph Gray had tried and come so close each of the last three years.

Shannon Payne, a newcomer to running the hills, was giving the Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race her first shot.

The two runners from Colorado Springs, Colorado, broke through in a major way on Saturday and won the men’s and women’s titles at the 54th running of this grueling all-uphill race in impressive fashion on a decent, but windy and chilly, day for racing.

Temperatures were in the high 40s at the base at the 9 a.m. starting time, and at the summit it was in the mid-30s, with winds gusting from 20 to 35 miles per hour.

Gray, 30, looked strong from the start and pulled away from defending champion and three-time winnerEric Blake of West Hartford, Connecticut, just past the halfway mark of the 7.6-mile trek up the Mt. Washington Auto Road to the highest peak in the Northeast. 

Gray finished in a time of 59 minutes and nine seconds. Blake, 35, the cross country and track and field coach at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, finished in 1:00:01, four seconds slower than his winning time last year. 

Strong Fields Set for Mt. Washington Road Race

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 (photo left: Joe Gray ) Past two years’ male winners Blake and Canaday take on Joe Gray (again); Belotti challenges Erholtz in women’s field; Haefeli, Arritola withdraw - PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. – The Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race has seen a couple of race-to-the-wire  finishes in recent years, but more often the eventual winner has broken away from the field somewhere on the windswept upper slopes of the highest peak in the northeastern United States and finished all alone in front.  Saturday’s 54th edition of this all-uphill footrace could well be the scene for close finishes, as three well-matched men battle each other for the third time in as many years and a two-time women’s Mt. Washington champion faces a challenge from a former world mountain running champion.

In the men’s race, defending champion Eric Blake of West Hartford, Connecticut, and 2012 winner Sage Canaday of Boulder, Colorado, will have to match their best-ever Mt. Washington performances if they expect to hold off Joe Gray of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Gray, who finished second here in both 2012 and 2013, was the top American male last fall at the World Mountain Championships in Poland and placed fourth in the USATF cross-country national championships in February.

B.A.A. Announces 2015 Boston Marathon Registration Dates

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Registration opens on Monday, September 8. Field size limit to be determined. - BOSTON - Registration for the 2015 Boston Marathon will open on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. ET. The B.A.A. will use the same process to register qualified runners as it used for the Boston Marathon in 2012, 2013 and 2014, allowing the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group to register first.

The 119th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 20, 2015, Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and will mark the 30th consecutive year that the event will have John Hancock Financial as its principal sponsor.

Registration will be held entirely online at www.baa.org. The qualification window for the 2015 Boston Marathon began last year on September 14, 2013.

To qualify for the Boston Marathon, athletes must meet time standards which correspond to age and gender.  The qualifying times for the 2015 Boston Marathon remain unchanged from recent years and are listed on the B.A.A.’s website: http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/qualifying/qualifying-standards.aspx

Tori Bowie wins third straight, Henderson and Merritt set adidas Grand Prix records

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NEW YORK, New York -- A little wind didn’t stop Saturday from being one of the greatest Diamond League meets in history, as the adidas Grand Prix saw multiple meet records and personal bests fall at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island.

Tori Bowie, reigning USATF Athlete of the Week, won her third straight Diamond League meeting, taking the BMW women’s 100 meters in 11.07. Bowie has been on fire in 2014, making the national team for the IAAF World Indoor Championships and the IAAF World Relays. Bowie ran new lifetime bests in the 200 and 100 at the Nike Prefontaine Classic and Rome Golden Gala, respectively. Watch Tori take her third straight title on USATF.tv.

Jeff Henderson set a new adidas Grand Prix record in the men’s long jump, leaping 8.33m/27-4 on his fourth attempt to break the previous mark. Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor proved his versatility by finishing in the runner-up spot, leaping a season’s best 8.06m/26-5.25. Watch the men’s long jump recap on USATF.tv.

LaShawn Merritt resumed his winning ways in the men’s 400m, setting a new meeting record of 44.19. Merritt secured his sixth victory of the 2014 outdoor season, bringing the crowd at Icahn Stadium to its feet. Watch LaShawn take home the victory on USATF.tv.

Molly Huddle Reclaims New York Mini Title for USA

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Huddle, 29, became the first American champion of the Mini since the 2004 event was won by Deena Kastor, now 41, who won the Masters (40+) title - NEW YORK (June 14, 2014) - Blue skies, a star-studded field, and the empowering spirit of the world’s original all-women’s road race gave Molly Huddle all the motivation she needed to set a new American all-women’s 10K road record at the Oakley New York Mini 10K  in Central Park.

Huddle, 29, a 2012 U.S. Olympian who holds the national record at 5000 meters, became the first American champion of the Mini since the 2004 event was won by Deena Kastor, now 41, who won the Masters (40+) title in today’s race.

In the early miles, Huddle, who finished third in this year’s NYC Half and holds the world road record for 12K, ran in a pack with last year’s top three finishers: Mamitu Daska (Ethiopia), Linet Masai (Kenya), and Gemma Steel (Great Britain). They ran the first mile in 5:03, then went through the challenging Harlem Hills as the field strung out behind them. Daska and Huddle, running side by side, pressed the pace down the East Drive and made it a two-woman race by the four-mile mark. With about 1000 meters to go, Huddle made a move that Daska could not match.

Stahl, Murer and Weir get world leads in New York – IAAF Diamond League

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It took Germany's 2010 European champion Linda Stahl a couple throws to get in the swing, but when she finally did, she was able to score her first victory of the 2014 IAAF Diamond League season with a world-leading mark of 67.32m in the women's javelin at the adidas Grand Prix on Saturday (14).

Unlike Kathryn Mitchell of Australia, who took the early lead with a 66.08m on her very first throw of the competition, it took Stahl until round three to launch the spear more than a metre past Mitchell's mark, taking the world lead from Mitchell’s compatriot Kimberley Mickle, who threw 66.83m in Melbourne in March.

"I am very satisfied with the personal best today," said Stahl. "I came in a little tired with three competitions in the last week but felt great after warm-ups. My first throw was a season's best and I knew it was not a perfect throw, so it progressed from there."

The competition also saw Madera Palameika set a Latvian record of 64.86m for third place.