Fast times “rain” at HOKA ONE ONE Middle Distance Classic

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LOS ANGELES, California -- Southern California broke its drought Thursday night with a downpour, lightning and even a touch of hail. But before the heavens opened, American middle-distance runners turned in brisk and competitive early-season performances at the HOKA ONE ONE Middle Distance Classic, the second stop outdoors of the 2015 USATF Championship Series.

Steeple success

The first races of the night, in the steeplechase, produced six performances that qualified for the 2015 IAAF World Championships. For the women, Stephanie Garcia ran alone in front after the pacesetter dropped off 7 minutes into the race, finishing strong in 9:37.19 to set a meet and stadium record by more than four seconds. Ashley Higginson was second in 9:41.27 and Genevieve Lalonde third in 9:42.40 to post qualifiers under the IAAF A standard of 9:44.00.

Haile calls time on his career

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One of the all-time distance running greats Haile Gebrselassie from Ethiopia announced he is retiring from competitive running - Distance running legend Haile Gebrselassie announced his retirement from competitive running after finishing 16th at the Great Manchester Run, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (10).

The hugely popular and world-famous Ethiopian will still participate in races but no longer with the intention of getting on the podium.

It brings to an end a phenomenally successful career which stretched back more than two decades in which he claimed two Olympic gold medals over 10,000m, in 1996 and 2000, nine IAAF world titles, including four consecutive IAAF World Championships 10,000m wins, and he set 15 official world records outdoors as well as five world indoor records.

Ward, Scherf Victorious at USATF 25 km Championships

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan --Jared Ward pulled away late to win his second consecutive USATF Running Circuit race, while Lindsey Scherfbroke away over the final miles to win her first national title, Saturday morning at the USATF 25 km Championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan, hosted by the Fifth Third River Bank Run.

The USATF 25 km Championships are the fifth stop on the 2015 USATF Running Circuit. The top 15 finishers at each race on the circuit qualify to compete in the2015 .US National 12K, which takes place on November 15 in Alexandria, Virginia.

A moderate early pace kept the men’s pack intact, as all the pre-race favorites ran in stride for much of the first half of the race. Four-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman (Tucson, Arizona), Brett Gotcher(Aptos, California) and defending champion Christo Landry(Charlotte, North Carolina) led the charge through 10 km, passing through in 30:10.

Sutume Kebede breaks Ethiopian 25 k record in BIG 25 Berlin, Abraham Cheroben defends with a world lead

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Ethiopia’s newcomer Sutume Asefa Kebede produced a stunning performance in the BIG 25 Berlin on Sunday. The 21 year-old stormed away after the start of the traditional 25 k race and kept going right to finish line in the historic Berlin Olympic Stadium, smashing the Ethiopian record with a time of 1:21:55. Despite very windy conditions she was 19 seconds faster than Ejegayehu Dibaba in Chicago in 2011. Kebede’s time is a world lead and the fifth fastest ever run at this distance. The Ethiopian was more than four minutes faster than second placed Kenyan Winny Jepkorir who clocked 1:25:59. Elizeba Cherono of Kenya was third with 1:26:59.

Abraham Cheroben defended his title with a world lead of 1:12:31. The Kenyan was almost a minute ahead of Temesgen Daba Ejerssa. The Ethiopian took second in 1:13:28 while Kenya’s Kenneth Kipkemoi was third with 1:14:18.

11,480 runners registered for the 35th edition of the BIG 25 Berlin, which back in 1981 was Germany’s first major city road race.


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May 3, 2015—Don't trust your training partner. That might be the motto of the 39th Lilac Bloomsday Run, at least in the men's race, as pre-race favorite Allan Kiprono, who was shooting for a rare third title here, failed on several tries to reel in his friend and training partner Lani Rutto. In the end, Rutto held off Kiprono's repeated surges and raced to an eleven-second victory on the challenging Bloomsday course. And while the men's race broke open early by virtue of some mid-race heroics by Rutto, the women's battle wasn't decided until the final 300 meters, when newcomer Cynthia Limo finally sprinted in front of two other contenders to capture her first Bloomsday crown.

The field of 46,913 who signed up for this year's Bloomsday were treated to ideal weather, with cloudless skies, virtually no wind, and temperatures at the start in the mid-40s. Those conditions were embraced by the nearly two dozen men who ran together for a 4:37 first mile. Defending champ Kiprono asserted himself into the lead shortly after that on the first uphill at about a mile-and-a-half, but his time in front was brief. Rutto caught up shortly after at Cemetery Hill, and the pair ran side-by-side as they passed three miles, with a half dozen others close behind. Then, as the runners turned onto Ft. George Wright Drive, Rutto make a stunning surge. By four miles he had a 50-meter lead.

Kandie time in Prague, Melese wins women’s race from Moreira

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Felix Kandie might well not have made it to the start line of the Volkswagen Prague Marathon on Sunday morning, feeling the effects of a sore throat. But he decided to give it a go and his resolution paid off handsomely. “I wanted to see how far I could get,” said Kandie. In the end, he went to the limit in the Czech capital. Coming from behind he took his second marathon win in a succession with another personal best. The 27 year-old improved to 2:08:32 in the Volkswagen Prague Marathon. Last November Kandie showed his strength to set a 2:10:37 course record in the Athens Marathon. Fellow-Kenyan Evans Chebet was runner-up for the second consecutive year with 2:08:50, followed by Ethiopia’s Deribe Robi, who finished in 2:09:05.

Yebrgual Melese of Ethiopia clocked a fine 2:23:49 to take the women’s race in Prague. It is the third fastest winning time in the history of the race that was first started in 1995. Portugal’s Sara Moreira took second in her second marathon race with a personal best of 2:24:49, improving on her debut in New York last November by over a minute. Letebrhan Haylay of Ethiopia was third with 2:25:24.

10,000 runners entered the Volkswagen Prague Marathon, which is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.