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Raising the ante for Olympic trials Houston seeks to land both races in January 2012

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from the Houston Chronicle - Houston has joined some fancy company as one of three finalists bidding to host the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

But, in typical Houston fashion, organizers of the Chevron Houston Marathon one-upped their lofty rivals — the New York and Boston marathons.

Strong International Fields Assembled for 2010 Chevron Houston Marathon

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HOUSTON (Jan. 11, 2010) - Runners from Ethiopia, Kenya and the United States are expected to set the pace this Sunday in Houston, as a record 22,000 runners compete in the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon.

Registration Surpasses 2,500 Runners for Inaugural Oakland Running Festival

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Oakland, California (Jan. 6, 2010) –Sports marketing and event management company Corrigan Sports Enterprises (CSE) announced today registration for the March 27th-28th inaugural Oakland Running Festival has surpassed 2,500 total runners. With more than two months to go until the event, the number represents 33% of the anticipated final field.

Wanjiru, Mikitenko Return to Defend London Marathon Titles in 2010

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LONDON - Reigning race champions Sammy Wanjiru and Irina Mikitenko will return to defend their London Marathon titles on Sunday, April 25 against two of the strongest fields ever assembled in the 29-year history of the race.

Virgin London Marathon race director David Bedford said: "We are delighted to welcome our two champions back to head such high quality races. These elite fields are as good as any we've had in the previous 29 London Marathons, and I am sure they will produce two superb contests for the London crowds."