Marathons

Snoop Dogg to Headline Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival in Las Vegas set for November 14-16 on the Strip at Night - LAS VEGAS – Guaranteed to be one of the biggest weekends in running this year, pop-culture icon Snoop Dogg will headline the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival in Las Vegas on November 14-16, 2014. The global superstar will perform on Sunday during the pre-race concert at 3:00pm, prior to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America taking over the Las Vegas Strip at Night.

“Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas has proven over and over again to be one of the biggest and most anticipated running events in the world,” said Josh Furlow, EVP of Global Events for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “We are thrilled to continue this legacy in 2014 by announcing Snoop Dogg, one of the most legendary, chart-topping artists of the past two decades, as the headliner for this year's festivities.” (Photo, right, credit Ryan Bethke.)

Defending Champions Return to the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon

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Two-time defending champion and course record-holder Mutai seeks to become the first three-time winner of the men’s race since 1982, Jeptoo hopes to join prestigious group of seven women who have won multiple titles - NEW YORK - Reigning New York City Marathon champions Geoffrey Mutai and Priscah Jeptoo, both of Kenya, will defend their titles against all-star professional fields at the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 2, 2014, it was announced today by Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners. In last year’s race, Mutai outran the men’s field to win by nearly a minute in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 24 seconds, and Jeptoo came from more than a half-mile behind to take the lead in the race’s final three miles and win in a time of 2:25:07.

“With Geoffrey and Priscah headlining the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon, we welcome back two great champions to the streets of New York City,” said Wittenberg. “Last year, as they led 50,000 runners in the largest marathon ever, both Geoffrey and Priscah were inspirations to us all.  This November, when they line up in Staten Island to start their journey through the unique neighborhoods of the City’s five boroughs, these world-class athletes will be chasing history, as Geoffrey goes for a New York hat trick and Priscah looks to join an elite group of repeat winners.”

Meb Keflezighi and Caroline Wozniacki to run 2014 TCS New York City Marathon

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Meb Keflezighi, the 2014 Boston Marathon champion and winner of the 2009 New York City Marathon, and Caroline Wozniacki, formerly the top-ranked tennis player in the world, will run as Team for Kids Ambassadors at the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon on 2 November, organisers announced on Thursday (31).

“We’re excited to welcome two of the world’s top athletes to the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon as Team for Kids Ambassadors,” said Mary Wittenberg, President and CEO of New York Road Runners who are the organisers of the IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

“Both Meb, who is the ultimate example of the American Dream, and Caroline, who has reached the pinnacle of the tennis world, will transcend their roles as professional athletes by representing the hundreds of thousands of young people who benefit from NYRR’s free youth running programs and initiatives.

Emmanuel Mutai, Geoffrey Kamworor and Gladys Cherono are among the latest high-profile names to be added to the BMW Berlin Marathon fields

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World half-marathon champions Geoffrey Kamworor and Gladys Cherono, and former London Marathon winner Emmanuel Mutai are the latest big names to sign up for the BMW Berlin Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on 28 September.

The triumvirate will join previously announced Tsegaye Kebede and Dennis Kimetto on the start-line, while Shalane Flanagan announced this week she’s planning to come to the German capital to attack Deena Kastor’s eight-year-old US record of 2:19:36.

While Cherono, the African 5000m and 10,000m champion, will be making her debut at the marathon, Kamworor is an experienced marathon-runner despite only being 21. He has twice finished third in Berlin, and he set his PB of 2:06:12 on his debut in this race two years ago as a teenager.

Kebede and Kimetto ready to race in Berlin

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Two of the fastest marathon-runners of all-time will go head-to-head at the BMW Berlin Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on 28 September.

Dennis Kimetto came to prominence in the German capital two years ago when he was a narrow second to training partner Geoffrey Mutai in the fastest ever debut time of 2:04:16. Since then, Kimetto won the Tokyo Marathon last year in a course record of 2:06:50, and the Chicago Marathon in another course record of 2:03:45 to move to third on the world all-time lists.

Kimetto has in fact done a lot of his best running in Berlin. The 30-year-old set his half-marathon lifetime best of 59:14 in Berlin in 2012, and he returned five weeks later to set a world 25km record of 1:11:18 in the BIG 25 which famously finishes on the blue track inside the stadium which hosted the 1936 Olympic Games.