Marathons

Marathon Greats Wilson Kipsang and Meb Keflezighi Lead Men’s Field at 2015 TCS New York City Marathon

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Former champion Keflezighi returns as an NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador to support NYRR’s free youth running programs - NEW YORK (Sept. 14, 2015) - Defending champion Wilson Kipsang of Kenya will join American marathon iconMeb Keflezighi, running as an NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador for the second consecutive year, to headline a world-class professional men’s field at the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon, set for Sunday, November 1, it was announced today by Peter Ciaccia, president of events forNew York Road Runners and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon.

Joining Kipsang and Keflezighi will be 2014 runner-up Lelisa Desisa, winner of this year’s Boston Marathon, and 2014 third-place finisher Gebre Gebremariam, both of Ethiopia, as well as previously announced IAAF World Championships 10,000-meter silver-medalist Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya.

Korir to defend Toronto Waterfront Marathon title

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Laban Korir will return to the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on 18 October to defend the title he won in 2014 and, if the conditions are right, attack the course record at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

The 29-year-old Kenyan surprised everyone, himself included, when he ran away from the rest of the field a year ago to claim victory in 2:08:15 in chilly conditions. With a personal best of 2:06:05 from the 2011 Amsterdam Marathon, Korir is a quality marathon runner and an early favourite to win this year’s event.

“First I want thank the organisers for inviting me again to Toronto,” said Korir, speaking from his training base in Kaptagat, high up in the Rift Valley.

“This year I'm there to defend. At the moment, I'm OK and the body is responding very well. If everything goes well, as it is at the moment, and the weather will be OK, not like last year, I will come for the course record.”

Running legends return to Chicago with sights set on fresh challenges

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Past champions Joan Benoit Samuelson and Deena Kastor are set to return to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on 11 October with sights set on conquering new challenges

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, announced on Wednesday (8) that legendary American runners Joan Benoit Samuelson and Deena Kastor will compete in the 38th running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on 11 October.

Both athletes return to Chicago to commemorate the anniversaries of their victories, while also setting their sights on new challenges and fast times.

When Benoit Samuelson toed the start-line of the 1985 Chicago Marathon, she faced one of the most competitive women's fields in history, including Ingrid Kristiansen and Rosa Mota.

Kipchoge to chase a fast time in Berlin Marathon

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London Marathon winner Eliud Kipchoge will be looking for his second big-city marathon win of the year when he lines up against Emmanuel Mutai and Geoffrey Mutai in the BMW Berlin Marathon - Once again, the fastest marathon course in the world has drawn the crème de la crème of endurance-running to the start-line.

The most successful marathon runner over the last twelve months will face the second and third-fastest marathon runners of all-time at the BMW Berlin Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on 27 September.

Top billing in Berlin goes to Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, who defeated arguably the strongest field ever assembled for a marathon in the London Marathon in April.

Kipchoge crossed the finish-line in a world-leading mark of 2:04:42 to defeat reigning champion Wilson Kipsang and world record-holder Dennis Kimetto, who were expected to go head-to-head for victory in the British capital.

Kandie time in Prague, Melese wins women’s race from Moreira

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Felix Kandie might well not have made it to the start line of the Volkswagen Prague Marathon on Sunday morning, feeling the effects of a sore throat. But he decided to give it a go and his resolution paid off handsomely. “I wanted to see how far I could get,” said Kandie. In the end, he went to the limit in the Czech capital. Coming from behind he took his second marathon win in a succession with another personal best. The 27 year-old improved to 2:08:32 in the Volkswagen Prague Marathon. Last November Kandie showed his strength to set a 2:10:37 course record in the Athens Marathon. Fellow-Kenyan Evans Chebet was runner-up for the second consecutive year with 2:08:50, followed by Ethiopia’s Deribe Robi, who finished in 2:09:05.

Yebrgual Melese of Ethiopia clocked a fine 2:23:49 to take the women’s race in Prague. It is the third fastest winning time in the history of the race that was first started in 1995. Portugal’s Sara Moreira took second in her second marathon race with a personal best of 2:24:49, improving on her debut in New York last November by over a minute. Letebrhan Haylay of Ethiopia was third with 2:25:24.

10,000 runners entered the Volkswagen Prague Marathon, which is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.