Abraham Cheroben and Janet Rono clock world leading times in BIG 25 Berlin

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Kenyans Abraham Cheroben and Janet Rono won the BIG 25 Berlin with world leading times. It was Cheroben who produced the performance of the day. The 21 year-old clocked 1:11:47, which is the fourth fastest time ever run at 25 k. Fellow Kenyan Kenneth Kipkemoi was second with 1:12:32 while Ethiopia’s Tebalu Zawude crossed the finish line inside the Berlin Olympic Stadium in 1:13:09 for third place. Janet Rono was well ahead in the women’s race which she won with 1:24:37. Valentine Kibet of Kenya took second in 1:26:18 while third placed Maja Neuenschwander broke the Swiss record with a time of 1:27:01. Adding other running events a total of 11,050 athletes took part in the 34th edition of the BIG 25 Berlin.

There was a minute of silence before the start in honour of the former president of the Berlin and German sports associations (LSB and DSB), Manfred von Richthofen, who died on Thursday. Once the runners got off in dry but cool conditions with temperatures between 8 and 11 Celsius a very fast men’s race developed. A group of nine runners passed the 5 k mark in 14:00 and then reached 10 k in 28:20. With some tailwind during this first section of the race the split times were faster than expected and even pointed towards the world record time. This mark of 1:11:18 was established by Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto in the BIG 25 Berlin two years ago.

HOKA ONE ONE® Adds More Elite Track & Field Athletes to Team Roster

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Richmond, CA (May 5, 2014)HOKA ONE ONE®,a division of Deckers Outdoor Corporation(NYSE : DECK), is pleased to announce the brand has added two top Track & Field athletes to its expanding team of elite runners – 2013 US World Team member and three-time All American in the Steeple Chase, De’Sean Turner, and 2014 UK Indoor National 1,500 Meter Champion and two-time NCAA Mile winner, Lee Emanuel.

Emanuel is originally from Hastings, England and emerged as a standout cross-country runner during his time at the University of New Mexico.  Emanuel is a two-time NCAA Mile Champion, 1500-meter Bronze Medalist, and two-time All American (Mile, 1500m).  This spring he became the UK Indoor National 1500-meter Champion. Emanuel is currently a member of the New York New Jersey Track Club.

“It's an honor to team up with such an exciting and innovative company who understand running and runners needs as the company is headed by runners themselves,” said Emanuel.

TWO NEW CHAMPIONS TO BE CROWNED AT BLOOMSDAY, Cherobon-Bawcom Withdraws Due to Foot Injury

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Spokane, Washington—Last year's Bloomsday champion, Belete Assefa, won't be returning this spring, but 2011 champion Simon Ndirangu will, and so will 2012 winner Allan Kiprono, together with a talented group of international stars who have their sights set on the Bloomsday crown. And in the women's race, last year's champion Buzunesh Deba will pass on defending her crown as she recovers from a blistering 2:19:59 runner up performance at the recent Boston Marathon. Her absence will open the way for a new champion from among a talented women's field, one of the strongest in Bloomsday history.

Kiprono and Ndirangu own two of the fastest times ever run on the Bloomsday course, but it may well be a newcomer, Ethiopian Mosinet Geremew, who escapes the pack and races to victory on Sunday. Geremew, only 22 years old, was the surprise winner of last summer's AJC Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, and has a 59:54 half marathon to his credit this year. If he wins Bloomsday, he will become only the second Ethiopian male to win here, following Assefa's victory in 2013.

Politicians and Media Try to Put Best Foot Forward in Election Year

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The ACLI Capital Challenge three mile road race returns to Washington, D.C.’s Anacostia Park on Wednesday, May 21 at 8:00 a.m. Who will cross the finish line first and run off with team honors─an unknown known? The event attracts scores of members of Congress, high-ranking political appointees, Generals, Admirals, television correspondents, print and web reporters, Federal Judges and other Washington VIPs, who will compete on over 140 teams.

Known for its irreverence and political humor, the race is drawing the usual VIP cast. Teams are captained by U.S. Senators, Representatives, Cabinet Members, Sub-Cabinet appointees, Federal Judges, On-Air personalities and professional print and web journalists. Each captain must finish for his or her team to score. The race, which started in 1981, spotlights the fitness of many of the country’s busiest leaders, including many Senate and House Committee Chairs and ranking members.

The ACLI Capital Challenge benefits the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation. All entry fees and additional donations from the race sponsors will be used to provide a life-changing Fidelco Guide Dog and services to a blinded veteran or immediate family member to support increased independence, mobility and safety.

Three Team USA Minnesota Runners to Compete at Payton Jordan Meet May 4; Ben Sathre to Run Pittsburgh Half Marathon May 4; Weekend Results

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – April 29, 2014 – Three Team USA Minnesota distance runners – Meghan Peyton, Jon Peterson and Travis Burkstrand –  will compete at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., on May 4 and on the same date, Ben Sathre will run the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon.

At Payton Jordan on Sunday evening, May 4, on the Stanford University campus, Peyton will compete in the 10,000 meters, Peterson will run the 5000 meters, and Burkstrand will race the 1500 meters.

Peyton has a best in the 10,000m of 32:59.11.  Most recently she posted 16:03.99 in the 5000m at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 18 and ran 4:47.80 at the USA 1 Mile Road Championships on April 22. 

Burkstrand has run 3:45.0 in the 1500m and has a best in the mile on the indoor track of 4:00.15.  Peterson has a best in the 5000m of 13:41.93 in the distance.

Another US marathon victory: Annie Bersagel takes Duesseldorf, Gilbert Yegon wins men’s race

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Six days after Boston there was another surprising American marathon victory: In rainy conditions Annie Bersagel won the Metro Group Marathon Duesseldorf with a personal best of 2:28:59. She overtook Selomie Getnet with only three kilometres to go. The Ethiopian, who had a big lead in the middle of the race, was second with 2:30:29. Kenya’s Emily Ngetich ran 2:30:50 for third place. Gilbert Yegon won the men’s race with 2:08:07. On slippery roads the Kenyan missed the course record by 19 seconds. Endeshaw Negesse was second with 2:08:32 while his fellow Ethiopian Fikadu Teferi ran 2:09:34 in his debut for third place. Adding other running events staged parallel to the marathon a total of 16,000 runners competed in the Metro Group Marathon Duesseldorf.

The men’s race started fast with split times of 29:54 at 10 k and 44:56 at 15. When a group of 16 runners passed the half way mark in 63:31 they were still well on course for the course record of 2:07:48 run by Dereje Debele. The defending champion from Ethiopia was among the leaders at this stage. However in very wet and cool conditions with temperatures little above 10 Celsius Debele was among those who suffered badly during the second half. But the first of the favourites who lost contact to the group was fellow Ethiopian Shami Abdulhadi Dawud. The second fastest on the start list with a PB of 2:05:42 started to loose ground around the 25 k mark (1:15:36) and later dropped out at 31 k.