Marathons

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.

Rita Jeptoo will defend her title at the 2014 Chicago Marathon

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Rita Jeptoo will defend her title at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday 12 October, organisers for the IAAF Gold Label Road Race announced on Wednesday (25).

Kenya's Jeptoo ran her first career sub-2:20 marathon in Chicago last year with a time of 2:19:57, the fastest women's marathon time of 2013.

Continuing strong, she opened her 2014 marathon campaign in Boston back in April with 2:18:57, smashing the course record by almost two minutes and setting a personal best. Jeptoo arrives in Chicago with the potential to rewrite the record books by becoming just the third woman in history to run three sub-2:20 marathons.

The running world has not witnessed this feat in more than a decade since former Chicago champions and world record-holders Catherine Ndereba, of Kenya, and Great Britain’s Paula Radcliffe traded course and world records in London and Chicago. Jeptoo's Chicago history includes her 2012 stride-for-stride sprint finish down Columbus Avenue, only succumbing to Ethiopia’s Atsede Baysa by a step, and running 2:22:04 to Baysa's 2:22:03.

B.A.A. Announces 2015 Boston Marathon Registration Dates

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Registration opens on Monday, September 8. Field size limit to be determined. - BOSTON - Registration for the 2015 Boston Marathon will open on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. ET. The B.A.A. will use the same process to register qualified runners as it used for the Boston Marathon in 2012, 2013 and 2014, allowing the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group to register first.

The 119th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 20, 2015, Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and will mark the 30th consecutive year that the event will have John Hancock Financial as its principal sponsor.

Registration will be held entirely online at www.baa.org. The qualification window for the 2015 Boston Marathon began last year on September 14, 2013.

To qualify for the Boston Marathon, athletes must meet time standards which correspond to age and gender.  The qualifying times for the 2015 Boston Marathon remain unchanged from recent years and are listed on the B.A.A.’s website: http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/qualifying/qualifying-standards.aspx