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USA’s Heath upsets the stars in Edinburgh

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(photos Daniel Vernon) It was a day for the USA at Holyrood Park on Saturday (11) as Garrett Heath upset African stars Asbel Kiprop and Kenenisa Bekele in the invitational 4km race at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country, an IAAF Cross Country Permit meeting.

Chris Derrick then surged to a commanding win in the 8km race, which was part of the team event involving the USA, Great Britain and Europe. Although there were no African runners in the team events, the best athletes from Europe were present.

In perfect sunny conditions, Gemma Steel took the women’s 6km race as the team competition was won by hosts Great Britain with 159 points ahead of Europe (172) and the USA (203).

With Tariku Bekele out injured on short notice, the men’s 4km race was expected to be a two-horse race between Kiprop and Bekele, but it turned out differently.

While Kiprop was running at the front of the first group of six athletes, Bekele kept at the back and never moved ahead. Preparing for the Paris Marathon with high mileage of up to 240 kilometres per week, it became obvious that the 31-year-old lacked some speed.

Rop and Ayalew run away with Campaccio titles

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Albert Rop and Hiwot Ayalew took the honours at the 57th Campaccio cross-country race in San Giorgio su Legnano, an IAAF Cross Country Permit meeting, on Monday (6).

Rop crossed the finish-line in 28:19 in the men’s 10km race, beating world cross-country champion Japhet Korir by three seconds and 2011 world cross-country champion Imane Merga by six seconds.

Rop, who set a Bahraini record and Asian junior record of 12:51.96 for 5000m last summer, started pushing hard in the early stages of the race, going through the first kilometre in 2:49, followed by Merga and 8:03 steeplechase runner Jairus Birech. They formed the leading quartet together with Italian 3000m steeplechase champion Jamel Chatbi.

GO! St. Louis Announces New 82-Mile Trail Relay

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KT82, set to start in St. Louis,finish in Hermann, along scenic Katy Trail - ST. LOUIS - GO! St. Louis announced events and programs announced a new one day, 82-Mile Trail Relay, named KT82 (katy82), which is set for Saturday, August 30, 2014.

The KT82 is the newest entry into the growing number of endurance events that the organization currently presents on a yearly-basis. The race will start in Creve Coeur Park in St. Louis County and finish in Hermann, MO, with the majority of the 82-mile course on the scenic Katy Trail.  The course will also include three areas that depart from the Katy Trail. These areas are in St. Charles County, and will include single-track terrain. The additional areas will make up approximately 10 miles of the 82-Mile course. Teams will begin their journey at staggered start times, throughout the day, and conclude with a post-race celebration in the wine country region of Hermann.

Barrett, Fisher Capture Titles at 35th Foot Locker Cross Country Champs

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Race conditions were ideal, with sunny skies throughout and the temperature reaching 65 degrees - SAN DIEGO - (December 14, 2013) – Tessa Barrett of Waverly, Pa., and Grant Fisher of Grand Blanc, Mich., captured first place titles at the 35th Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals (FLCCC) at Morley Field, Balboa Park in San Diego, California. Race conditions on Saturday were ideal, with sunny skies throughout with the temperature reaching 65 degrees.

In the girls’ five-kilometer race, Barrett took control after a swift opening mile and never looked back. The boys’ race, however, was undecided until the last 100 meters when Fisher unleashed his final in a series of surges to take a heart-pumping three-second victory, despite a valiant effort by Johnathan Dressel of Colbert, Wash.

Atlanta Track Club claims two titles, leads winners at USATF Club Cross Country Champs

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BEND, Ore. -- On a chilly, snow-filled day in Bend, Ore., nine teams and multiple individuals took home titles at the 16th annual USATF National Club Cross Country Championships held at River’s Edge Golf Course.

The Beasts Track Club from Seattle, Wash. took home the women’s open title with five top-15 finishers. Leading the club was Deborah Maier (Seattle, Wash.) and Angela Bizzarri (Seattle, Wash.), who turned in a 3-4 finish to help Beasts to the women’s title with 34 points.

On the men’s side, Champions League Athletic Performance captured the men’s open title, led by Brent Vaughn’s (Blackhawk, Colo.) fourth-place finish (31:20). Champions League clinched the men’s crown by the narrowest of margins, defeating ZAP Fitness Reebok by one point, 127-128.