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SAUCONY® LAUNCHES THE 500 MILE CHALLENGE.COM HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY TRAINING PROGRAM

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XC Champions Are Made In the Off-Season−Now With Extra Help From An Innovative Digital Training Initiative That Encourages High School Runners To “Find Their Strong” Through Summer Training - LEXINGTON, MA (June 12, 2014) – Saucony, committed to inspiring the human spirit through running, knows that a strong cross country team is built in the off-season. To ensure that scholastic runners are better prepared for the in-season, Saucony, in collaboration with DailyMile, Inc. and RunBlogRun, today announces the launch of the Saucony 500 Mile Challenge.com high school cross country training program.

A new, innovative, digital training initiative, the Saucony 500 Mile Challenge.com leverages a smartphone-optional website to allow high school athletes and their coaches to track their all-important summer base mileage online as they prepare for the start of the fall cross country season. Along the way, athletes will be motivated to reach training benchmarks and unlock rewards as they pursue a 500-mile summer training goal. For added inspiration, runners will receive training tips and support from Saucony athletes Ben True and Olympian Molly Huddle, two of America’s top cross country all-stars. Starting today, athletes and coaches can sign up by going to Saucony 500 Mile Challenge.com.

Derrick repeats, Van Alstine surprises at USA Cross Country Championships

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INDIANAPOLIS – Chris Derrick repeated as senior men’s champion, while Amy Van Alstine surprised the senior women’s field with her upset victory at the USA Cross Country Championships, Feb. 15 in Boulder, Colorado.

The USA Cross Country Championships are the second stop on the USA Running Circuit, which concludes this fall with the .US National Road Racing Championships. The top ten finishers at each race on the circuit qualify to compete in the .US National Road Racing Championships.

Derrick rolled into Boulder on Saturday as the pre-race favorite. After winning his first USA Cross Country Championship title in 2013, the Portland-based runner seemed poised to repeat, but plenty of competition would challenge him throughout.

Kenyan double for Tanui and Kipyegon at Cinque Mulini

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Paul Tanui and Faith Kipyegon added their names to the prestigious roll of honours on Sunday (26) at the 82nd edition of the Cinque Mulini, the eighth IAAF Cross Country Permit meeting of the 2013-2014 season.

Both Kenyans wore bib number six which the organisers traditionally give to the favourites and they lived up to their reputation with impressive wins ahead of world-class fields on a sunny but windy day in San Vittore Olona.

Tanui defeats defending champion Edris

Tanui, the world 10,000m bronze medallist, was joined by last year’s Cinque Mulini winner Muktar Edris, the world junior 5000m champion, in a seven-man leading group. Along with two-time European cross-country champion Alemayehu Bezabeh, world mountain running silver medallist Geoffrey Kusuro, Kenyan duo Thomas Lokomwa and Alex Kibet and 17-year-old Ethiopian Yuhuniligh Adane, they completed the first lap in 7:26.

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.