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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.

SAUCONY® LAUNCHES THE 500 MILE CHALLENGE.COM HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY TRAINING PROGRAM

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XC Champions Are Made In the Off-Season−Now With Extra Help From An Innovative Digital Training Initiative That Encourages High School Runners To “Find Their Strong” Through Summer Training - LEXINGTON, MA (June 12, 2014) – Saucony, committed to inspiring the human spirit through running, knows that a strong cross country team is built in the off-season. To ensure that scholastic runners are better prepared for the in-season, Saucony, in collaboration with DailyMile, Inc. and RunBlogRun, today announces the launch of the Saucony 500 Mile Challenge.com high school cross country training program.

A new, innovative, digital training initiative, the Saucony 500 Mile Challenge.com leverages a smartphone-optional website to allow high school athletes and their coaches to track their all-important summer base mileage online as they prepare for the start of the fall cross country season. Along the way, athletes will be motivated to reach training benchmarks and unlock rewards as they pursue a 500-mile summer training goal. For added inspiration, runners will receive training tips and support from Saucony athletes Ben True and Olympian Molly Huddle, two of America’s top cross country all-stars. Starting today, athletes and coaches can sign up by going to Saucony 500 Mile Challenge.com.

My excellent adventure: Jenn Suhr, the adidas street vault, and Nestle Healthy Kid's meet at Macy's Herald Square

Written by Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.

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With a crowd somewhere between one thousand and two thousand people, the adidas Women's pole vault exhibition at Macy's in Herald Square was an outstanding success. Fans were all ages, and they enjoyed the athleticism of the event, thanks to the well informed announcing of Geoffrey Whiteman and the outstanding performances of the five women vaulters!

I have always said: give Americans a competition that they can sink their teeth into and you will have new track fans. The adidas Pole Vault exhibition was a case in point. Five vaulters who competed all gave the event an air of excitement with local tie ins as well as the mythical and mystical Olympic athletes. 

Merritt, Aregawi, Stewart, Jones and Bowie set to compete in New York - IAAF Diamond League

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LaShawn Merritt, Abeba Aregawi, Kerron Stewart, Lolo Jones and Tori Bowie are the latest athletes set to compete in Saturday’s adidas Grand Prix in New York, the sixth of this summer’s IAAF Diamond League meeting, organizers announced on Thursday (12).

Merritt, 27, won two Olympic gold medals in 2008 (400m, 4x400m), and is a seven-time IAAF World champion, including winning over 400m at Moscow 2013.

Aregawi, 23, of Sweden, is the reigning World champion indoors and outdoors over 1500m. Her time of 3:56.60 was the fastest in the world last year and she adds her name to an already deep women’s 1500m that includes Jenny Simpson, the 2011 IAAF World Championships winner and 2013 World Championship silver medallist, Brenda Martinez, the 2013 World Championships 800m bronze medallist, and Shannon Rowbury, the 2009 World Championships 1500m bronze medallist who recently set a US best at two miles, and also Morgan Uceny.

Jamaica’s Stewart is the 2008 Olympic Games 100m silver medallist, the distance that she will run in New York. She won a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics Games as part of Jamaica’s 4x100m, with whom she also won World titles in 2009 and 2013.

7 Olympians Confirmed for AJC Peachtree Road Race

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$100,000 at stake in USA 10K Championships; Olympians Abdi Abdirahman and Ryan Hall among top contenders - ATLANTA – U.S. Olympians Ryan Hall, Abdi Abdirahman, Desiree Linden, Amy Hastings, Julie Culley, Blake Russell and Jen Rhines are among the first athletes confirmed for the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race on Friday, July 4, Atlanta Track Club announced.

For the second consecutive year, the world’s largest 10K will host the USA 10K Championships for both men and women. A total U.S. prize purse of $100,000 will be awarded this year, an increase of $40,000 from 2013. The winning male and female will each earn $15,000.

“A national championship is the place where every U.S. athlete wants to put it on the line,” said Hall, a two-time U.S. Olympian whose time of 2:04:58 in the 2011 Boston Marathon is the fastest marathon ever run by an American. “I couldn’t be happier that the AJC Peachtree Road Race is hosting the USA 10K Championships, with the best American distance runners in the country going after a big prize on the Fourth of July. It’s perfect.”

Hall, 31, of Redding, Calif., will be joined by Abdirahman, 37, of Tucson, Ariz., a four-time Olympian, four-time USA 10,000-meter champion on the track, 2007 USA 10K champion on the roads and 2012 USA Half Marathon champion.

Top 2013 Finishers Return to 2014 Oakley New York Mini 10K

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2013 champion Mamitu Daska, runner-up Linet Masai, and third-place finisher Gemma Steel return to lead international contingent; Molly Huddle headlines American field - NEW YORK - The top three finishers from the 2013 Oakley New York Mini 10K will return to Central Park for the 2014 edition of the event on Saturday, June 14, to race against a deep American field. Leading the international competitors are 2013 champion Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia, 2013 runner-up (and two-time former champion) Linet Masai of Kenya, and 2013 third-place finisher Gemma Steel of Great Britain. The star-studded American field will be led by 2014 NYC Half third-place finisher and 12K world record-holder Molly Huddle, it was announced by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.

“We are thrilled to welcome back such talented and influential women from the United States and throughout the world to this year’s competition,” said Wittenberg. “This race gives every participant the chance to celebrate the positive changes associated with the acceptance and advancement of women’s participation in all athletic endeavors. Our elite female athletes have helped tremendously at the forefront of this change, and they continue to inspire women from all different backgrounds all over the globe to lead active and healthy lives.”