Marathons

Benjamin Kiptoo heads men’s elite field, defending champion Souad Ait Salem returns

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(photo: Lisa and Anna Hahner (right) during a press conference in Hannover by HAJ Marathon Hannover) Kenyan winners of marathons in Paris and Fukuoka will clash at the HAJ Marathon Hannover on 19th April. Organisers of the event, which is an IAAF Silver Label Road Race, have announced major contenders for Germany’s rising spring marathon. Benjamin Kiptoo won the Paris Marathon in 2011 and Josphat Ndambiri took the prestigious race in Fukuoka in 2011. Kenyans will be favourites in the men’s race while the women’s defending champion Souad Ait Salem of Algeria returns. The HAJ Marathon Hannover will see its 25th edition on 19th April and boosts a very flat course.

Benjamin Kiptoo is the runner who features the fastest personal best with a time of 2:06:31. With this result he took the Paris Marathon four years ago. Kiptoo won two more marathons with times inside 2:08. In 2009 he was the winner in Rome in 2:07:17 while a year later he triumphed in Chuncheon (South Korea) with 2:07:54. The 36 year-old could not match those results recently, but the fast course in Hannover will provide a fine opportunity for good times.

Changes Made to Boston Marathon Field

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American athletes Matthew Tegenkamp and Adriana Nelson added to elite field for April 20 race - BOSTON - Two American athletes have been added to the roster for the 2015 Boston Marathon. One previously announced entrant, Ethiopia's Ejegayehu Dibaba, has been dropped from the field due to a leg injury.

Matthew Tegenkamp is a two-time Olympian on the track and the American record-holder in the outdoor two-mile (8:07.07).  He made his marathon debut at the 2013 Chicago Marathon, finishing 10th in 2:12:28. At the 2014 New York City Half Marathon, he finished seventh and top American in a personal best 1:02:04. Highlights of his career include two national titles in the 3,000m indoors and a national title in the 5,000m outdoors. He is one of only five American men to have broken the 13-minute barrier in the 5,000m (12:58.56). A three-time World Championships participant, Tegenkamp has finished as high as fourth in the 5,000m. As a junior runner, Tegenkamp finished fifth at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, behind Dathan Ritzenhein and Kenenisa Bekele. The 2015 Boston Marathon will be Tegenkamp’s second marathon. 

“It’s an honor and privilege to have an opportunity to compete in America’s greatest race,” says Tegenkamp.  “This being my first time on the Boston course I don’t know what to expect, but I will bring my competitive fire and fitness.”

2015 ASICS LA MARATHON OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT

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More Than 26,000 Runners Will Compete in the 30th Edition of the Race on Sunday, March 15th - LOS ANGELES (March 9, 2015) – LA MARATHON LLC announced today that registration for the 30th edition of the ASICS LA Marathon has officially sold out for the March 15th race. This is the third straight year that registration has sold out.

With more than 26,000 runners from all 50 states and more than 55 countries all over the world, this will be the second largest ASICS LA Marathon field ever. These participation numbers will once again make the race one of the five largest marathons in the U.S. and one of the 10 largest worldwide.

“We are honored to host more than 26,000 runners in the city of Los Angeles for the 30th edition of the ASICS LA Marathon,” said Tracey Russell, Chief Executive of LA MARATHON LLC. “Completing a marathon is the pinnacle of achievement for runners. We are excited that so many have chosen to participate in this year’s celebration  and we’re dedicated to making this a  great experience for all of the  participants.”

Deepest Field in LA Marathon History Set for March 15 Race

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The 30th edition of the ASICS LA Marathon includes a robust line-up of 61 American elites vying for the 2015 USA Track & Field Marathon Championships - LOS ANGELES - The largest-ever professional field for the running of the 2015ASICS LA Marathon on Sunday, March 15 with the addition of two premier U.S. long distance runners, Ryan and Sara Hall, who will both run the "Stadium to Sea" course for the first time.

The 30th edition of the ASICS LA Marathon includes a robust line-up of 61 American elites vying for the 2015 USA Track & Field Marathon Championships, which will take place within the annual race. Many of those Americans competing in the 2015 USATF Marathon Championships will gain experience in Los Angeles before returning to the city for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon on February 13, 2016.

"This is shaping up to be one of the most competitive fields in the history of the marathon," said Tracey Russell, Chief Executive of LA MARATHON LLC.  "On both a national and international level, the breadth of talent is at an all-time high to set the stage for a historic race."

2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Lottery Opens March 10

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Runners can also sign up with a guaranteed entry for the Sunday, October 11 world-class marathon event - CHICAGO - The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced that runners can enter the lottery for the 2015 event on Tuesday, March 10. Runners who qualify for a guaranteed entry will also be able to register at this time. The lottery system, introduced last year, resulted in a record number of finishers - 40,659 - at the 2014 Chicago Marathon. The 38th annual Chicago Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 11 in Grant Park.

Runners can enter the lottery or register with a guaranteed entry at any time between Tuesday, March 10 at noon (U.S. Central Time) and Tuesday, April 21 at noon (U.S. Central Time) at chicagomarathon.com.