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Rotich wins Lake Biwa Marathon as Kitajima boosts Olympic selection chances

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Lucas Rotich won the Lake Biwa Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, in 2:09:11 in the Japanese city of Otsu on Sunday afternoon (6).

“2:09:11 is a good time considering the warm weather conditions,” said the 25-year-old Kenyan. “Since the pace maker Kosgei went back to pace the Japanese before 25km, I was in front alone without a pace maker at that point, so it was little difficult.”

The race start time temperature was just below 20C and it stayed about the same throughout the race. The plus side of the weather was that cloud covered the Sun throughout the race, and wind was at minimal.

Hisanori Kitajima finished five seconds behind in second place with a PB of 2:09:16 and thus finished in the all-important first Japanese position in the final Olympic qualifying race.

LOCAL RUNNERS SHINE AT MICHELOB ULTRA MIAMI BEACH 13.1 MARATHON

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Francisco Urbano hails from Malaga Spain, but travels the world to compete in running events. One week, it's Berlin, Germany. The next its South Beach. He's a man who is quite serious about his runs. He doesn't have a job. It's all that he does.
 
But it was a hometown familiarity with the humidity of South Florida that allowed 26-year-old Ethan Clary of Cutler Bay to stay ahead of Urbano Sunday morning and win the Eighth Annual Michelob Ultra Miami Beach 13.1 Marathon.
 
Clary ran away from the pack early in the race and never looked back as the heat index rose to finish in 1:10:30, three minutes and 12 seconds faster than the 29-year-old Urbano, who was perplexed by the defeat.
 
Miami Beach's Emilie Ney used her long-stride to will herself to the finish line five seconds in front of Guadalupe Merlos of Miami and Adriana Piekarewicz, who finished in a virtual dead heat behind her. Ney's winning time in the thrilling three-woman race at the front of the pack was 1:27:18.

HERRERA AND BECK CAPTURE WINS AT KAISER PERMANENTE NAPA VALLEY MARATHON

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NAPA, Calif. — March 6, 2016 — At today’s 38th Annual Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon (NVM), two first-time competitors at the race climbed the winners’ platform. Isidore Herrera, age 25, of Simi Valley, Calif. and Catherine Beck, 30, of Clinton, NY grabbed the victories, heading the field of over 2,800 entrants on a mild, partly cloudy morning in between rain storms. Herrera won the men’s race in 2 hours, 27 minutes, and 29 seconds. Beck crossed the finish line at Vintage High School in Napa in 2:52:34.

 In the men’s race, Herrera sailed to a solo lead from the start with an ambitious goal of finishing in about 2:15:00. Dick Beardsley set the NVM men’s race record of 2:16:20 in 1987. Indeed, Herrera sailed through the 13.1-mile half marathon split point in a swift 1:07:40, on pace to a projected finish time of 2:15:20. Eventually, he was unable to keep up that effort.

 “The first 16 miles went pretty easy and then the hills started slowing me down,” Herrera said. My workouts have been at 5 minute pace for 20 or 21 miles, so I was pretty confident that I could do 2:15 today, but the wind and the hills made it hard. My legs started cramping.”

Vienna City Marathon on 10th April: Levy Omari heads elite field

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Levy Omari intends to return to winning ways in Vienna - Levy Omari has chosen Vienna as his next destination for a marathon. The Kenyan finally aims to return to winning ways in the Austrian capital on 10th April since his last marathon victory dates back to 2011. In the meantime the 26 year-old has improved his personal best to a world class 2:05:16. With this time he is the fastest in the elite field of this IAAF Gold Label Road Race and indeed one of the fastest ever entered in the history of the Vienna City Marathon. Adding other running events staged parallel to the marathon organisers of Austria’s biggest annual sporting event expect more than 40,000 entries for the 33rd edition of the race.

Levy Omari, also known as Levy Matebo, has achieved a string of fine performances in the past five years. However his last marathon victory dates back to 2011, when he took the Barcelona Marathon with 2:07:31. It was later in that year when he ran the best race of his career so far. In Frankfurt he was second with 2:05:16 in October, beaten only by Kenya’s superstar Wilson Kipsang. Omari went on to produce a thrilling race in the Boston Marathon as well. In 2012 he took the lead and looked like he would win the race.

Eliud Kipchoge and Mary Keitany Win Abbott World Marathon Series IX

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World’s Best Male and Female Marathoners Earn $1 Million Total Prize Purse - TOKYO – Feb. 28, 2016 – Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) and Mary Keitany (KEN) are the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series IX champions, it was announced today by Tim Hadzima, general manager of the Abbott World Marathon Majors and the six leaders of the world’s top marathons, following the Tokyo Marathon 2016, the final race of the Series.

Mary Keitany, who was tied along with Mare Dibaba (ETH) and Helah Kiprop (KEN) with 41 points, was selected as the Series IX women’s champion in a vote by the leaders of the six AbbottWMM member races, in accordance with the AbbottWMM tie-breaking procedure (see below for full details).

2016 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run Offers $10,000 Bonus for Setting American Record

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WASHINGTON, DC Looking ahead to the 44th running of the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Washington, DC, event organizers are offering a $10,000 American record bonus for the first American man or woman to break Greg Meyer's American record of 46:13, set here in 1983, and Janet Bawcom's single-sex American record of 52:12, set here in 2014.

The $10,000 bonus will be split if two new American records are set at the 2016 Runners Rite of Spring. As in years past, there will be an advance start for the elite women, providing them an opportunity to compete for records that will be recognized as coming from a women's-only race.