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U.S. 1500m Champion Mary Cain withdraws from IAAF World Indoor Championships

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SOPOT, Poland -- U.S. Women’s 1500m Champion Mary Cain (Bronxville, N.Y.) has withdrawn from the IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships due to injury, USATF announced Monday.

“Unfortunately I will not be able to travel to the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot,” Cain said in a statement. “Over the past week, I developed a discomfort in my lower calf. I had an MRI scan on Saturday and it was all clear,  but I still feel the pain when I wear spikes and have decided not to risk making it worse in Poland. I hope to be able to run in the World Indoor Championships many times in the future. I wish all my fellow USA athletes the best and hope they bring home lots of medals from Poland.”

Flanagan, Derrick Headline USA 15K Championships

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Elite field for USA 15K Championship includes five Olympians, four past race champions, and many major road racing names - JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The 37th running of the GATE River Run 15K, host of the USA 15K Championship on Saturday, Mar. 15 is shaping up with another record year for participation, and the men’s and women’s elite fields are on pace to be among the strongest ever.

“So far 2014 is on pace with near record growth with more than 15,000 entries to date, and our elite field is star-studded with the top American distance runners,” said Race Director Doug Alred.

2014 NYC Half to Feature Top American and International Fields for March 16 Race

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Reigning New York City Marathon winner Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya and American distance star Molly Huddle join marquee group of athletes for 13.1-mile race through Manhattan Race will be broadcast live in the New York City metropolitan area on WABC-TV and streamed live globally on 7online.com and WatchESPN.com - New York, March 4, 2014—The 2014 NYC Half, to be held on Sunday, March 16, will feature two of the world’s top half-marathon fields of 2014. A marquee group of male and female international and American distance-running stars was announced today by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.

“This is one of the most exciting half-marathon fields ever. To have Geoffrey and Mo [Farah] highlighting such a top-notch group of men, and Molly and Sally [Kipyego] both making their half-marathon debuts alongside such great stars of women’s road racing as Buzunesh [Deba] and Desiree [Linden], New Yorkers are in for a real treat,” said Wittenberg. “This really sets the stage for two huge World Marathon Majors events this spring in London and Boston—what a great way to kick the marathon season into high gear!”

Former champion Ruto and last year’s runner-up Ayenew return

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Former champion Evans Ruto will return to the TUI MarathonHannoveron 27th April. The Kenyan won the race five years ago with a time of 2:10:47. One of his strongest rivals should be Ethiopia’s Mekuant Ayenew {photo left) who finished runner-up last year with a personal best of 2:10:05. Algeria’s Souad Ait Salemheads the women’s field with a personal best of 2:25:08. The TUI MarathonHannovercontinued its rise with two course records in 2013 and has now been upgraded to an IAAF Silver Label Road Race.

A year ago South Africa’s Lusapho April clocked 2:08:32while Ukraine’s Olena Burkovska crossed the line in 2:27:07in Hannover. These marks could be targeted on this very flat course in the heart of Germany. At today’s press conference in Hannoverorganisers released a first set of names for the elite fields. Among them is one former champion: Evans Ruto will have very good memories of the TUI Marathon Hannover. It was here, where his career got a significant boost in 2009: Ruto won his first marathon and broke 2:11. In the meantime the 30 year-old Kenyan improved by another three minutes. He ran 2:07:49in Kosicein 2012. Ruto already won a marathon early this year, when he took the Mumbai race in January with 2:09:33.

BAZU WORKU CONTINUES HIS WINNING WAYS AT LAKE BIWA

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Ethiopia’s Bazu Worku broke away from Kenya’s defending champion Vincent Kipruto with less than two kilometres to go to win the 69th edition of Lake Biwa Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, in 2:09:10 on Sunday (2).

It was Worku’s fourth marathon win in five outings since the start of last year, having also won in Houston both in 2013 and in January this year, as well as the 2013 Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, USA, and he also finished second in the Marathon Eindhoven in October.

No less than 62 runners were in the lead pack at 5km, reached in 15:10, and this big group was down to 40 men by 10km, passed in 30:07.

Heather Kampf to Compete in 1500m at IAAF World Indoor Championships March 7-9

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – March 3, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf was notified today that she has been named to the U.S. team for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, March 7-9.  Kampf was the alternate in the 1500 meters and will join the team due to the withdrawal of U.S. Women’s 1500m Champion Mary Cain because of injury.

Kampf, who placed third in the 1500m at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque on Feb. 23, leaves on a plane this evening for Poland.  She had just finished her run this morning on a treadmill at the Life Time Fitness Highland Park Club when she got the call.