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JOHN HANCOCK FINANCIAL ANNOUNCES TOP AMERICANS MEB KEFLEZIGHI AND RYAN HALL TO RUN 2010 BOSTON MARATHON AND SEEK AMERICAN WIN

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BOSTON, MA, December 18, 2009—In celebration of its 25th anniversary as the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, John Hancock Financial today announced the signing of top Americans, Meb Keflezighi and Ryan Hall, for the 114th running of the race on April 19, 2010.

Keflezighi and Hall have proven themselves as two of the best distance runners of all time. They have the talent and credentials to challenge Boston’s world-class field as they each seek

2008 Olympian Shalane Flanagan and 2009 20K Champion Brett Gotcher to Debut in Houston

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HOUSTON (Dec. 9, 2009) - American Shalane Flanagan (Pittsboro, N.C.), who won a bronze medal in the 10,000 meters at the 2008 Olympics, will make her half-marathon debut in January at the 2010 USA Half Marathon Championships hosted by the Aramco Houston Half Marathon. 
 
The 28-year-old Flanagan has been one of the best middle-distance runners in the U.S. over the past six years, making two Olympic teams and setting American records on the track at 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 meters.

Handler, McLarty Win Inaugural Santa Barbara International Marathon

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By: Leah Etling, Running USA wire - SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - (December 6, 2009) - For the first time in decades, a marathon run returned to Santa Barbara as on Sunday morning an event field of 2,500 contested the Select Staffing Santa Barbara International Marathon, between the cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara. The coastal towns - two hours northwest of Los Angeles - have an active running community that had long supported the return of a marathon distance event. The "last" Santa Barbara Marathon was held in 1984.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Dazzles the Las Vegas Strip

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Carlsbad 5000 Champion Bekana Daba Runs 1:01:40 in Half-Marathon Debut - - Las Vegas, NV – December 6, 2009 – A momentous, entertainment extravaganza featuring two white Bengal tigers, Vegas showgirls, skydivers and a 15 minute fireworks show greeted more than 27,600 runners at the start line of the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon and Half Marathon, powered by Zappos.com for the benefit of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. For the first time in Las Vegas marathon history, the entire Strip was closed in both directions for the event.

De Reuck named USATF Masters Athlete of the Year

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INDIANAPOLIS - Colleen De Reuck has been named the 2009 Masters Athlete of the Year by USA Track & Field's Masters Committee. De Reuck will be honored on Saturday, December 5, at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Indianapolis, Ind. The event is held in conjunction with USA Track & Field's 2009 Annual Meeting.