Marathons

Rotich wins Lake Biwa Marathon as Kitajima boosts Olympic selection chances

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Lucas Rotich won the Lake Biwa Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, in 2:09:11 in the Japanese city of Otsu on Sunday afternoon (6).

“2:09:11 is a good time considering the warm weather conditions,” said the 25-year-old Kenyan. “Since the pace maker Kosgei went back to pace the Japanese before 25km, I was in front alone without a pace maker at that point, so it was little difficult.”

The race start time temperature was just below 20C and it stayed about the same throughout the race. The plus side of the weather was that cloud covered the Sun throughout the race, and wind was at minimal.

Hisanori Kitajima finished five seconds behind in second place with a PB of 2:09:16 and thus finished in the all-important first Japanese position in the final Olympic qualifying race.

HERRERA AND BECK CAPTURE WINS AT KAISER PERMANENTE NAPA VALLEY MARATHON

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NAPA, Calif. — March 6, 2016 — At today’s 38th Annual Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon (NVM), two first-time competitors at the race climbed the winners’ platform. Isidore Herrera, age 25, of Simi Valley, Calif. and Catherine Beck, 30, of Clinton, NY grabbed the victories, heading the field of over 2,800 entrants on a mild, partly cloudy morning in between rain storms. Herrera won the men’s race in 2 hours, 27 minutes, and 29 seconds. Beck crossed the finish line at Vintage High School in Napa in 2:52:34.

 In the men’s race, Herrera sailed to a solo lead from the start with an ambitious goal of finishing in about 2:15:00. Dick Beardsley set the NVM men’s race record of 2:16:20 in 1987. Indeed, Herrera sailed through the 13.1-mile half marathon split point in a swift 1:07:40, on pace to a projected finish time of 2:15:20. Eventually, he was unable to keep up that effort.

 “The first 16 miles went pretty easy and then the hills started slowing me down,” Herrera said. My workouts have been at 5 minute pace for 20 or 21 miles, so I was pretty confident that I could do 2:15 today, but the wind and the hills made it hard. My legs started cramping.”

Eliud Kipchoge and Mary Keitany Win Abbott World Marathon Series IX

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World’s Best Male and Female Marathoners Earn $1 Million Total Prize Purse - TOKYO – Feb. 28, 2016 – Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) and Mary Keitany (KEN) are the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series IX champions, it was announced today by Tim Hadzima, general manager of the Abbott World Marathon Majors and the six leaders of the world’s top marathons, following the Tokyo Marathon 2016, the final race of the Series.

Mary Keitany, who was tied along with Mare Dibaba (ETH) and Helah Kiprop (KEN) with 41 points, was selected as the Series IX women’s champion in a vote by the leaders of the six AbbottWMM member races, in accordance with the AbbottWMM tie-breaking procedure (see below for full details).

2016 KAISER PERMANENTE NAPA VALLEY MARATHON: ENTRANT PROFILE STORIES

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NAPA, Calif. — February 19, 2016 —A field of motivated entrants from 21 countries, 47 U.S. states, and Washington, D.C. will gather in California’s Napa Valley for the 38th Annual Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon on Sunday, March 6, 2016. The Napa Valley Marathon (NVM) asks each entrant to describe on their entry form their reasons for entering the race. Among the varied responses each year, many illustrate how the challenges of a 26.2-mile race spur marathoners to undertake charitable deeds that assist others who face adversity, to overcome personal adversities themselves, or to travel the globe in search of the most compelling races. A high percentage of respondents also cite the reputation of NVM as one of the best organized marathons in the U.S., and the allure of the picturesque Napa Valley wine growing region, as primary reasons for entering the race.

Every Napa Valley Marathon participant assists important local causes. All proceeds from the Napa Valley Marathon (a non-profit organization) are donated to local charities and schools in the Napa Valley region. Numerous NVM participants, however, choose to go beyond NVM’s annual philanthropy by dedicating their race to others, often raising donations that fund the charities of their choice.

On February 11, 2016 Forbes Travel Guide rated NVM among the top 12 marathons in the world “worth traveling for,” an honor it has bestowed on NVM three times in the past five years. On January 28, 2016 The Economic Times ranked NVM at the top of its list of the “world's best marathon locations to inspire you to lace up and get training.” Runner’s World magazine selected NVM as one of the top ten U.S. marathons for first-time marathon participants in its January, 2011 issue. American Express' Departures magazine declared NVM as #7 in their “ten travel-worthy races that make for truly memorable journeys on the run.”

RUPP, CRAGG , KEFLEZIGHI, LINDEN, PREVAIL IN  OLYMPIC TRIALS 

Written by Chris Lotsbom.

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LOS ANGELES (12-Feb) -- On a day that will be remembered for the harsh wrath of mother nature and its crippling heat, Galen Rupp and Amy Hastings ran their way to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics here at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon. Rupp booked his ticket in dominating fashion, cruising to win his debut marathon in 2:11:12, while Cragg completed a pulse-pounding, drama-filled race in 2:28:20.