Stellar Field Announced for 2014 B.A.A. Half Marathon

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2012 U.S. Olympian, 2013 Boston Marathon champion, and 2014 world leaders headline 14th running of event on Sunday, October 12 - BOSTON – A year ago, 2013 Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa (ETH) returned to Boston seeking another victory, this time in the B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. In a brilliant display of courage and determination, Desisa fended off hard challenges from both Daniel Salel (KEN) and Stephen Sambu (KEN), claiming the B.A.A. Half Marathon title in a course record of 1:00:34.

This year, Desisa, Salel, and Sambu will all toe the line once again in Franklin Park, ready to battle for the title of B.A.A. Half Marathon champion.

Desisa, 24, is seeking to become the first men’s champion in event history to successfully defend his title. Over the race’s previous thirteen editions, no male has ever won two B.A.A. Half Marathon crowns before. History won’t deter Desisa, though, who ran a blistering 59:36 at the RAK Half Marathon in the UAE in February.

Kenyans romp to a clean sweep in Lisbon

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Kenyan runners scored a clean-sweep of victories at the Rock ‘n’ Roll EDP Lisbon Marathon and Rock ‘n’ Roll Vodafone Half-Marathon, both IAAF Gold Label Road Races, on Sunday (5).

In the marathon, Samuel Ndungu scored his second career win by a comfortable margin although his task was made easier when Lawrence Kimaiyo - one of his main rivals - was tripped by the pacemaker at 29km.

Ndungu, who won the Otsu Marathon on his debut two years ago in 2:07:04, didn’t approach this time but the Kenyan came through to win by more than two minutes in a Portuguese all-comers' record of 2:08:16.

Jeptoo, Biwott Withdraw from the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon

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2013 Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon runner-up Jemima Sumgong of Kenya will join previously announced, sensational professional athlete fields on Sunday, November 2. - NEW YORK - Previously announced defending women’s champion Priscah Jeptoo and 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon runner-up Stanley Biwott, both of Kenya, have withdrawn from the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon (to be run on Sunday, November 2) due to leg injuries, it was announced this week by Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners.

2013 Boston Marathon Champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon runner-up Jemima Sumgong of Kenya have been added to the previously announced professional athlete fields of American and international record-setters and distance-running greats.

Pennel, Erb Win USA Titles at Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon

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Hussein wins record fifth USA Masters Championship, Piers wins third masters title - ST. PAUL, Minn. (October 5, 2014)First-time marathoner Tyler Pennel of Blowing Rock, N.C. and last year’s women’s third-place finisher Esther Erb of Richmond,Va. earned victories at the 33rd Medtronic Twn Cities Marathon Sunday.  Pennel clocked 2 hours,13 minutes, 32 seconds on the course that starts in downtown Minneapolis and finishes on the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul. Erb ran 2:34:01.

The victorious pair earned USA Marathon Championship titles with the wins and pocketed $25,000 each for their efforts.

Pennel, who was content to be part of a seven member lead pack at the half-way mark, was building a lead by mile 21 that stretched to a comfortable 29 seconds by the finish line. Jared Ward of Provo, Utah finished second in 2:14:00, while Scott Smith of Oklahoma City was third in 2:14:40.

Braun, Johnson Win Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon

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Seven American athletes qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials; Event weekend welcomed more than 16,000 entrants in its 9th year - SAN JOSE, Calif. (October 5, 2014) - It was a warm morning in San Jose and Aaron Braun knew he had some competition out there. He came out ready to go and looking for the win.

Behind the strength of a strong surge into the lead just past the 11-mile mark, Braun, a 27-year-old from Alamos, Calif., ran in a close pack of five breaking down to two at mile 9. Braun’s tactics resulted in a strong lead to the finish line, crossing the tape in 1 hour, 2 minutes and 56 seconds.

“I wanted to go fast today but with it being warm I set that aside and wanted to go for the win,” Braun said of his performance. “Up next for me is the .US 12K Championships. I won it last year, and I’m trying to go back and win the title. I was two seconds away from the American record.”

United States bids for 2019 IAAF World Outdoor Championships

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INDIANAPOLIS – USA Track & Field and TrackTown USA this week officially submitted a bid for the 2019 IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships, proposing Eugene, Oregon, as the host for the sport’s largest and most prestigious stand-alone event.

The IAAF World Championships – a biennial nine-day competition featuring the world’s finest track and field athletes – will be the largest sporting event in the world in 2019, with nearly 2,000 participants representing more than 200 countries. The IAAF’s crown jewel has never been held in the U.S., dating back to the inaugural meet contested in Helsinki, Finland in 1983. The 2015 IAAF World Championships will be held in Beijing, and the 2017 edition is set for London.

The bid is the next step in an active two years for USATF and TrackTown USA on the international level.  On the competitions front, TrackTown USA served as local organizing committee (LOC) for the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships at historic Hayward Field last summer, the first time ever on U.S. soil, and will be the LOC for the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon. Away from the track, USATF in June hosted the IAAF Council meeting and earlier this year hosted the North American, Central American and Caribbean Women’s Conference in Miami.