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Loxsom sets American record on final day at USATF Indoor Championships

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BOSTON -- An American record in the men’s 600 meters and a world-leading women’s shot put highlighted an exciting final day of the USATF Indoor Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center on the campus of Roxbury Community College. Saturday and Sunday attendance totalled 6,091 for the event broadcast live on USATF.TV and NBCSN.
 
Casimir Loxsom (Seattle, Washington) was in command from the gun in the men’s 600m, sprinting to the front and passing 200m at 23.76 and 400m at 48.26 to close for the American Record and the win in 1:15.33. He clocked the fourth-fastest time ever and was a quarter-second better than his own AR set Jan. 24 at Albuquerque. Behind Loxsom, Mark Wieczorek (Seattle, Washington) had the fastest final lap overall at 26.59, and he grabbed second in 1:16.07.

Elite American and International Men’s Fields Announced for 2015 United Airlines NYC Half

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Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi and three-time Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein will lead the American charge, while top returning entrant Stephen Sambu and distance running star Wesley Korir, both of Kenya, headline a deep and diverse international lineup - NEW YORK — Defending Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi and compatriot Dathan Ritzenhein, running the half-marathon distance for the first time since the 2013 NYC Half, will lead a resilient field of American men against a strong international contingent highlighted by last year’s third-place finisher Stephen Sambu and 2012 Boston Marathon champion Wesley Korir at the 2015 United Airlines NYC Half on Sunday, March 15, 2015, it was announced this week by Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners.

“From Meb and Dathan to Stephen and Wesley, the 2015 United Airlines NYC Half professional men’s field is one of our best ever,” said Wittenberg. “We’re especially excited that our lead group of men will be running alongside the many young runners who will be participating in the event’s inaugural NYRR Times Square Kids’ Run on Seventh Avenue, creating an inspiring and unique moment that will help us celebrate the tenth running of the race.”

UST RUN® Wins National Youth Program of the Year

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JUST RUN, the youth fitness program developed by leaders from the Big Sur International Marathon, was named National Youth Program of the Year by Running USA at its recent annual industry conference in New Orleans.

"JUST RUN's involvement in the sport of youth running continues to not only inspire thousands of children to live healthy, active lives, but provides a wonderful model for other teachers and leaders to develop in their communities,” said Running USA CEO Rich Harshbarger as he presented the award and a $5,000 check in front of 700 industry leaders.  “This program provides all the components necessary to create long-lasting, healthy change for children within their communities."

Begun in 2004 to combat the childhood obesity epidemic, JUST RUN has positively affected the lives of thousands of children in more than 30 states.  Since its inception, 89,000 children in the program have run more than 2.3 million miles in running and fitness activities that span the academic school year.  This school year, an expected 20,000 children will participate, logging over 400,000 miles.

Defending champions Getu Feleke and Anna Hahner return to Vienna

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The two defending champions have opted to return to the Vienna City Marathon, which will bestaged on 12th April. Ethiopia’s Getu Feleke and Germany’s Anna Hahner produced two of the most spectacular performances in the history of Austria’s biggest sporting event in 2014. While Feleke stormed to a brilliant course record of 2:05:41 Anna Hahner came from well behind in the final few kilometres to snatch victory. “After these memorable performances by Getu and Anna we are more than happy to welcome these two athletes back to the Vienna City Marathon. We are looking forward to another great race,” said Race Director Wolfgang Konrad. Adding other running events staged parallel to the marathon on 12th April organisers expect more than 40,000 entries once again. The Vienna City Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Kiplagat powers to world half marathon record in Barcelona

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For the second year in a row, Kenya's Florence Kiplagat broke the world half marathon record at the Mitja Marato de Barcelona - Less than 48 hours after Mary Keitany blitzed to victory in the RAK Half Marathon in a 66:02 world-lead, Florence Kiplagat showed she is in fantastic shape as well, as she lowered her world half marathon record to 65:09 in the Mitja Marato de Barcelona on Sunday morning (15).

Keitany and Kiplagat will clash in the London Marathon on 26 April along with reigning champion Edna Kiplagat, and 2013 London and New York Marathon winner Priscah Jeptoo.

In contrast to the wind and rain battering much of the rest of Spain, Kiplagat's bid to improve her record on the fast and flat course in the Catalan city benefited hugely by almost perfect conditions, with slightly overcast skies and temperatures hovering about 10 degrees Celsius.

Records Broken and Wanamakers Won at the NYRR Millrose Games

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NEW YORK -- Two American records, a world masters record and two U.S. victories in the famed NYRR Wanamaker Mile highlighted Valentine’s Day races at the 108th NYRR Millrose Games at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory.

Brycen Spratling(Webster, New York) set a new 500m Armory record, an American Indoor record and an all-time world best, finishing in 1:00.06 to bring down the 28-year-old U.S. record of 1:00.17, set by Ken Lowery in 1987.

“I didn’t know I was on pace [for the world best],” Spratling said. “Early on in the race, I really wanted to go :59, but if that’s the best time ever in the 500m, then I’m okay with it.”

In the men’s NYRR Wanamaker Mile, it was a battle between Matt Centrowitz (Eugene, Oregon) and New Zealand’s Nick Willis. The pace was fast early on, with rabbit Mark Wieczorek (Gig Harbor, Washington) setting a quick tempo for the field. Centrowitz and Willis broke away from the pack and kept up a strong pace, as Centrowitz edged Willis for the victory in 3:51.35.