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Prague and the Promises of Patrick Terer: last year’s Champion returns

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( photo: Last year’s winner Patrick Terer, provided by Volkswagen Prague Marathon) Can Patrick Terer keep his second promise to the organisers of the Volkswagen Prague Marathon? The relationship between the prestigious marathon and the Kenyan goes back to 2013. The organisers were able to bring the athlete to Prague after he’d had problems acquiring a visa, leading to the Kenyan only arriving in the Czech capital at late notice. Despite an exhausting journey, Terer ran strongly and finished third with a personal best of 2:10:10. “Many thanks to the organisers for bringing me to Prague. Next year I’ll come back and win,” said the Kenyan at the post-race press conference.

No sooner said than done – the winner of the 2014 Volkswagen Prague Marathon was Patrick Terer! Despite adverse weather conditions he again ran a personal best and made this fresh promise at the press conference: “I’d been hoping for a time between 2:07:30 and 2:07:50 and failed. But if I can run here next year, I promise I’ll run 2:07:00!” That’s why Patrick Terer will be running the Volkswagen Prague Marathon for the third time on May 3 – this time as defending champion and wearing start number 1.

Three-Time Champion Morgan Uceny Highlights 2015 B.A.A. Invitational Mile

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Invitational races feature start/finish on Boylston Street at Boston Marathon® finish line and $14,500 (USD) prize purse - BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced an elite field of world class competitors for the 2015 B.A.A. Invitational Mile, to be held on Saturday, April 18, two days prior to the 2015 Boston Marathon®. Three-time B.A.A. Invitational Mile champion and 2012 Olympian Morgan Uceny (USA) will look to win her fourth title, while European Championships medalist Chris O’Hare (GBR) headlines the men’s field. The B.A.A. Invitational Mile will also include Middle School 1,000 meter races and Scholastic Mile races featuring youths from the eight cities and towns of the Boston Marathon course. 

World Class Field Assembled for 2015 B.A.A. 5K

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Defending champion Molly Huddle, two-time winner Ben True set to kick off Boston Marathon® weekend at B.A.A. 5K - BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced an elite field of Olympians and returning champions for the 2015 B.A.A. 5K, to be held on Saturday, April 18, two days prior to the 2015 Boston Marathon®. Defending women’s champion Molly Huddle will return to the streets of Boston, while two-time winner Ben True comes back seeking to be the first athlete to earn three B.A.A. 5K titles.

The 2015 B.A.A. 5K will have a field size of 10,000 entrants and will start and finish at Boston Common. A prize purse of $39,900 (USD) will be awarded equally to the top male and female finishers. In addition, professional runners are eligible for a $5,000 (USD) bonus for event record times established at the B.A.A. 5K. Bonus incentives will also be available for professional runners for multiple top finishes at B.A.A. events in 2015.  

Defending champion Molly Huddle of Rhode Island looks to build upon her race for the record books at last year’s B.A.A. 5K. In 2014, Huddle came from behind to break the finish tape first on Charles Street, running a time of 15:12 which tied the event record. Huddle, a 2012 Olympian and the American record holder for 5,000 meters on the track, returns to Boston’s Back Bay with hopes of becoming the first repeat women’s champion in race history.

32nd VIENNA CITY MARATHON WITH 42,742 ENTRIES

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Sisay Lemma rewarded for strong solo run, Maja Neuenschwander surprising winner - Fellow-Ethiopian Sisay Lemma stepped in with an amazing performance to secure victory for his country at the Vienna City Marathon where pre-race favourite Getu Feleke dropped out injured. 24 year-old Lemma won the 32nd edition of Austria’s biggest sporting event with a fine 2:07:31 in windy and relatively warm weather conditions. The Ethiopian broke away already at the 27 k mark and went on to achieve the biggest winning margin in the history of the race. Kenya’s Duncan Koech was second with 2:12:14, almost five minutes back. While Siraj Gena of Ethiopia took third in 2:12:48 the defending champion Getu Feleke, who clocked a course record of 2:05:41 a year ago, suffered a muscle problem and stopped around the 17 k mark.

There was a surprise in the women’s race: Switzerland’s Maja Neuenschwander won with 2:30:09 from Kenyans Agnes Mutune and Esther Chemtai, who clocked 2:30:19 and 2:30:32 respectively. While Caroline Chepkwony of Kenya took fourth in 2:30:36 Germany’s defending champion Anna Hahner was fifth in 2:30:50.

A record number of 42,742 runners from 129 nations entered the various events of the Vienna City Marathon. The marathon had slightly over 9,000 entries. The event is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

osh Dedering to Run Cherry Blossom Ten Mile April 12; Gabriele Grunewald Wins Stanford 5000m Race April 3; Jon Peterson, Jon Grey Set PRs in 5000m

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – April 6, 2015 – Team USA Minnesota’s Josh Dedering will be among the competitors at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, D.C. on April 12.  The men’s elite field starts at 7:30 a.m. (Eastern) along with the first wave of participants in a field of over 14,000 runners.  The run starts and finishes on the Washington Monument Grounds.

Dedering, who joined Team USA Minnesota in March, has a best of 49:40 in the 10 Mile and 1:03:31 in the half marathon.  A collegiate runner at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Dedering took to the roads shortly after graduation last spring.  He posted his 10 mile best at the Medtronic TC 10 last October and his half marathon PR at the USA Half Marathon Championships in Houston in January.

As a tune-up race for Cherry Blossom, Dedering won the MDRA 7 Mile in Minneapolis on March 28 with a time of 35:38.

Three Team USA Minnesota Runners to Compete in the 5000m at the Stanford Invite April 3

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – March 31, 2015 – Three Team USA Minnesota distance runners – Gabriele Grunewald, Jon Peterson and Jon Grey – will compete in the 5000 meters at the Stanford Track & Field Invitational in California on April 3.  All three athletes will be opening their outdoor track season at this meet. 

Grunewald has a best in the 5000m of 15:33.64, a mark she set at a meet in Europe last July.  She is the 2014 USA Indoor 3000-meter champion and has a best in the 3000m of 8:42.64.

Competing in the men’s field of the 5000m will be Peterson, who has posted 13:39.51 in the distance, and Grey who has a mark of 13:46.12.

The meet will be held at Cobb Track and Angell Field on the Stanford University campus with the 5000 meter races scheduled for Friday evening.