Four Sub-2:05 Men and Top Returning Women Highlight 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

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2011 Chicago Champion Moses Mosop leads men's course record chase, Baysa and Jeptoo primed for thrilling rematch - CHICAGO - The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced that the 2013 elite competition will feature four of the world's fastest marathon men and the top two finishers from last year's women's race. Kenya's Moses Mosop, Dennis Kimetto and Emmanuel Mutai, and Ethiopia's Ayele Abshero all rank among the top 11 marathon performers in history. Mosop leads the way as the second fastest marathoner of all-time with a personal best 2:03:06, followed by Kimetto (No. 6, 2:04:16), Abshero (No. 7, 2:04:23) and Mutai (No. 11, 2:04:40). In the women's race, Ethiopia's Atsede Baysa and Kenya's Rita Jeptoo will face one another for the first time since their dramatic sprint finish down Columbus Drive last fall.

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Petersson Wins Danish Half Marathon Championships
(Colorado Springs, CO) -  Jessica Petersson (Marathon Sport) easily won the Danish Half Marathon Championships held today in Aarhus, Denmark. Despite windy conditions, Petersson, a member of the American Distance Project's International Elite, posted a time of 1:14:15 taking the title by 2-minutes and 15-seconds. Her performance likely selects her for both the 2014 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships to be hosted by Denmark in Copenhagen on March 29th, and also the European Championships marathon.

Gabriele Anderson Wins Minnesota Mile in Course Record Time of 4:21; Heather Kampf Is Second in Duluth

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Sept. 8, 2013 – Team USA Minnesota’s Gabriele Anderson won the seventh annual Minnesota Mile in downtown Duluth this morning, shattering the course record by more than 14 seconds.  Her time was 4:21.3 with teammate Heather Kampf finishing second in 4:27.1, which also broke the course record of 4:35.60.

Anderson went to the lead at about 400 meters after a couple of other women went out in front.  “It’s hard to know exactly where everyone is when running on the roads, but I realized nobody was going with me at about halfway thanks to some of the spectators on the course,” Anderson said.  “I was out a little faster than I expected to be at that point so from there I relaxed a little and tried to get ready for a strong last 400 to maintain the lead.

Gabriele Anderson to Conclude Track Season at Brussels Diamond League Meet Sept. 6; Anderson, Heather Kampf to Run Minnesota Mile in Duluth Sept. 8

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Sept. 4, 2013 – Team USA Minnesota’s Gabriele Anderson will conclude her outdoor track season this week when she competes in the 1500 meters at the Memorial Van Damme meet in Brussels on Sept. 6.  Anderson will then return to the U.S. and join teammate Heather Kampf at the Minnesota Mile in downtown Duluth on Sept. 8.

The Brussels meet is the final IAAF Diamond League event for 2013 and marks the seventh DL meet that Anderson has competed in this year.  In July at the Monaco Diamond League event, she set a personal best in the 1500m of 4:01.48.  Most recently she placed fourth in the 1500m with a time of 4:11.15 at the Berlin ISTAF meet on Sept. 1.

Team USA Minnesota’s Meghan Peyton Wins USA 20k Championship in New Haven

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Sept. 2, 2013 – Team USA Minnesota’s Meghan Peyton ran away from the field and won the USA 20k Championship in New Haven, Conn., today.  Her time was 1:09:57 which was a personal best (previous was 1:10:28 in the distance).  This was Peyton’s first national title.

At the 20k championships for men and women – hosted by the Stratton-Faxon New Haven Road Race on Labor Day – Peyton had previously finished seventh and 16th at the event.  Her breakthrough performance today follows up previous top five finishes in USA Championship races over the years that have included the 1 mile, 5k, 15k and 10 mile.