Marathons

Houston Marathon Committee Announces 2015 Race Registration Information

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HOUSTON (April 16, 2014) - Registration for the 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon Lottery will be open June 4 - June 19, 2014 at www.chevronhoustonmarathon.com, the Houston Marathon Committee announced on Wednesday. Guaranteed HERO entries and Run For a Reason official charity entries will be available beginning on June 4, while early registration for Legacy runners, 5-9 year finishers, deferrals, HARRA, time qualifiers and "third time's a charm" runners will be open from May 6 - May 29, 2014. The 43rd annual event will be held on Sunday, January 18th, 2015, of Martin Luther King Day weekend.

"The positive responses and feedback city-wide regarding the new course was overwhelming," said Executive Director Wade Morehead. "We are excited for registration to open next month for the 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon Race Weekend after having all three races sell out in 2014."

Kipsang and Kiplagat reign supreme in London

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It was another day of Kenyan dominance in the British capital on Sunday (13) as world record holder Wilson Kipsang broke the course record to regain the Virgin Money London Marathon men’s title, while two-times world champion Edna Kiplagat finally claimed the women’s crown after finishing runner-up for the last two years.

Making the most of perfect conditions, they both led Kenyan one-twos as Kipsang shrugged off Stanley Biwott in the last mile of the race to cross the line 26 seconds clear in 2:04:29, while Kiplagat won a duel against her namesake, Florence Kiplagat, to win by three seconds in 2:20:21.

This was the fourth time Kenya have won both titles in London, while their great east African rivals from Ethiopia had to be satisfied with two third places.

Defending men’s champion Tsegaye Kebede took his fifth podium finish in six races here, while three-time Olympic gold medallist and marathon debutante Tirunesh Dibaba clinched third in the women’s, just 14 seconds behind the winner.

DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Announces Strong U.S. Field

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Open Marathon prize purse totals $47,000 plus U.S.-only $26,000 purse for top finishers at Sunday, May 4 event in Pittsburgh - PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Pennsylvanians Clara Santucci and Jed Christiansen headline a competitive American elite field at the sold-out DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, slated for Sunday, May 4. Runners will compete for an overall Marathon prize purse of $47,000 plus an additional $26,000 available to Americans as part of Pittsburgh’s inaugural American Development Program.

Clara Santucci, 27, of Dilliner, Pa. leads the women’s Marathon field as the top American female at the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 31 minutes, 38 seconds. After debuting at the 2011 B.A.A. Boston Marathon in a swift 2:29:54 and a 1:12:22 half-marathon clocking at the recent IAAF World Championships, Clara is making her name in the running world as the marathoner to watch in 2014.

Henry Sugut and Getu Feleke lead field of 13 sub 2:10 runners in Vienna

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With 13 men featuring personal bests of sub 2:10 the 31st Vienna City Marathon will see its best elite field in the history of the race. Regarding this mark the only spring marathon that surpasses Vienna will be the Boston Marathon on 21st April. Among those athletes there will be the defending champion and three time winner Henry Sugut of Kenya and Getu Feleke. With a personal best of 2:04:50 the Ethiopian is the fastest runner ever entered into the Vienna City Marathon. Sugut is the course record holder with 2:06:58. Including shorter running event staged on Sunday organisers registered a record total of around 42,000 athletes for the 31st edition, which is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

A live stream of the race will be shown on www.vienna-marathon.com on Sunday. Additionally there will be English live web reporting available. The race starts at 9 am Central European Time.

For Henry Sugut Vienna is already some sort of second home. He won the race in 2010, 2012 and 2013. The 28 year-old established the present course record of 2:06:58 two years ago. This is also his personal best. “Yes, you could say that Vienna is almost my living room,” he replied during the press conference. “It is a big motivation to have the chance to win the race for the fourth time. I want to make history in Austria,” said Sugut, who could become the only runner in the history of the race to achieve four victories.

Caroline Chepkwony chases a personal best in Vienna while Mai Ito wants victory

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(Photo Left: Anna Hahner, Caroline Chepkwony and Mai Ito in Vienna) In times where runners from Kenya and Ethiopia tend to dominate the major marathons it rarely happens that the podium of these races features athletes from three different continents. The women’s race of the Vienna City Marathon could produce such a result on Sunday. While Kenya’s Caroline Chepkwony and Japan’s Mai Ito are regarded favourites Germany’s Anna Hahner and Russia’s Olga Glok are potential candidates for a top three finish. Adding shorter running event, which will be staged parallel to the marathon on Sunday, organisers registered a record total of around 42,000 athletes for the 31st edition of the Vienna City Marathon. Austria’s biggest sporting event is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

It was no other than last year’s women’s winner Flomena Cheyech who recommended to Caroline Chepkwony to run the Vienna City Marathon. “We are training partners in Iten,” said the 28 year-old Kenyan, who established her personal best of 2:27:27 when she won the Ljubljana Marathon in October 2013. “Apart from Flomena I am for example training together with Mary Keitany and Agnes Kiprop,” said Chepkwony, who hopes to improve her personal best in Vienna. “I have won the Rome Ostia Half Marathon in March with 68:48, so I am here with a good feeling. I hope to run another personal best, may be around 2:25.”