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Running legends return to Chicago with sights set on fresh challenges

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Past champions Joan Benoit Samuelson and Deena Kastor are set to return to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on 11 October with sights set on conquering new challenges

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, announced on Wednesday (8) that legendary American runners Joan Benoit Samuelson and Deena Kastor will compete in the 38th running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on 11 October.

Both athletes return to Chicago to commemorate the anniversaries of their victories, while also setting their sights on new challenges and fast times.

When Benoit Samuelson toed the start-line of the 1985 Chicago Marathon, she faced one of the most competitive women's fields in history, including Ingrid Kristiansen and Rosa Mota.

Kipchoge to chase a fast time in Berlin Marathon

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London Marathon winner Eliud Kipchoge will be looking for his second big-city marathon win of the year when he lines up against Emmanuel Mutai and Geoffrey Mutai in the BMW Berlin Marathon - Once again, the fastest marathon course in the world has drawn the crème de la crème of endurance-running to the start-line.

The most successful marathon runner over the last twelve months will face the second and third-fastest marathon runners of all-time at the BMW Berlin Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on 27 September.

Top billing in Berlin goes to Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, who defeated arguably the strongest field ever assembled for a marathon in the London Marathon in April.

Kipchoge crossed the finish-line in a world-leading mark of 2:04:42 to defeat reigning champion Wilson Kipsang and world record-holder Dennis Kimetto, who were expected to go head-to-head for victory in the British capital.

SebCoe Ups his game, Video supporting SebCoe2015

Written by RunBlogRun.com.

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This is a pretty impressive video with support from all around the globe. Seb Coe has finally decided to show that he is in his bid for the IAAF Presidency with his whole heart and soul. 

I have also attached the Manifesto from Seb Coe to this note as well: Seb-Coe_2015_Manifesto_EN_vFINAL_141202.pdf, it is called Growing Athletics in a New Age.

With the current issues in our sport, leadership over the next 15-20 years is crucial. How do we control cheating in the sport, which adds a stench to our sport each and every day, no matter what we do? How do we bring in companies that are spending millions into athletics? How do we open the sport in television so more can see? How do we really accept social media, from Facebook to Periscope, knowing that all interest in sport does not devalue brands but increases them?

It takes two to make a thing go right

Written by IAAF.

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It became increasingly clear during Thursday’s outstanding IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne’s Stade De La Pontaise that something very interesting is going on in the men’s field events.

After an evening in which Christian Taylor and Pedro Pablo Pichardo reprised their Doha heroics in the triple jump, and surprise Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott took his turn to surprise again in the javelin, the phenomenon might be summed up in one word – synergy.

Or if you prefer, Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Men…

Before this season began, Taylor – a 25-year-old from Fayetteville, Georgia – had won world and Olympic titles in the triple jump.

But he had never entered the 18-metre territory into which only three men had previously ventured – Britain’s world record-holder Jonathan Edwards, Kenny Harrison, the US winner of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic title, and most recently France’s Teddy Tamgho, who reached 18.04m in winning world gold in Moscow two years ago.

Near miss for Dibaba in Paris, but Lavillenie loses on home soil – IAAF Diamond League

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In the end it wasn’t even a world-leading time for the year, but the Ethiopian pair of Genzebe Dibaba and Almaz Ayana threw almost everything they had at their assault on the 5000m world record in Paris on Saturday (4).

The results will show Dibaba claimed the victory at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in a personal best and meeting record of 14:15.41, with the hard-working Ayana second in 14:21.97, some seven seconds outside her solo-run world lead from Shanghai in May.

But that doesn’t tell the full tale of a sometimes bizarre but always enthralling race in which the pair had been meant to share the pace as they attacked Tirunesh Dibaba’s world record from 2008.

It was actually Ayana who did the lion’s share as the tempo fluctuated from six seconds down to five seconds up on record pace at half way, before they finally faltered over the last kilometre.

2015 AJC Peachtree Road Race

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Exciting finishes brighten the day in the inaugural Peachtree Cup and main race - ATLANTA – July 4, 2015 – Following perfect weather conditions in 2014, this year’s AJC Peachtree Road Race brought heavy rain and thunderstorms; but participants’ spirits remained high as they celebrated Independence Day at the world’s largest 10K.

Lightning near the start line caused a weather delay. Participants of start waves M and later were held for approximately 40 minutes and told to take shelter until the lightning passed.

“Despite soggy conditions and a short interruption to the event, we still experienced the celebratory feel we’ve come to expect at the AJC Peachtree Road Race. This tradition is a great way to mark our nation’s independence, and our participants were still smiling as they crossed the finish line,” said Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club’s executive director. “I couldn’t be more proud of Atlanta Track Club’s staff and volunteers as well as the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Police Department and the Atlanta Fire Department. Without their hard work, we could not have had a safe event under these tough conditions.”