Marathons

Meb’s Stunning Victory at Boston Ends Drought

Written by Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.

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No American male has won the iconic Boston Marathon since 1983, when, Greg Meyer, a midwesterner with the legs of a steeple chaser and the arms of a wrestler, won the most American of marathons.

Now, Meb Keflezighi, an Olympic silver medalist and victor of New York City has added the mantle of Boston Marathon winner to his resume!

The 118th Boston Marathon will be remembered for so many reasons. High on that list will be Meb Keflezighi's stunning victory over the best field ever assembled in Boston history. Mary Kate Shea, John Hancock's elite athlete field developer wanted a woman under 2:20 and an American win. Well, she got three women under the course record, two under 2:20 and an American win!

  Meb Keflezighi, in a performance reminiscent of Frank Shorter in Munich, took the lead at eight miles in the 2014 Boston Marathon, and just built up a commanding lead. What Frank Shorter did not have to contend with, however, was that runners came back after him. Meb Keflezighi held off his competitors over the last two miles. The chasing pack, which included Dennis Kimetto, Wilson Chebet, Markos Geneti, Ryan Hall, among others, just watched from afar. When it came time to attack, no one would follow Wilson Chebet and Frankline Chepkwony.

Jeptoo breaks course record with third Boston victory while Keflezighi ends US drought

Written by IAAF.

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Rita Jeptoo and Meb Keflezighi made Boston Marathon history on Monday (21), as Jeptoo won her third Boston in course-record time and Keflezighi broke a 31-year drought, becoming the first US man to win in Boston since 1983. The IAAF Gold Label Road Race celebrated its 118th running from the outlying town of Hopkinton to Boston’s Copley Square.

It was an emotional day in Boston, with runners from the front of the pack to the back wishing to reclaim the marathon as a celebration and a competition after the events of 2013. They were aided by superb weather and crowds among the largest in recent memory lining the course.

How To Watch the 2014 Boston Marathon

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Universal Sports Network is the Exclusive National TV Home of the Boston Marathon Finish Line Web Cam to Capture All Runners on Race Day - LOS ANGELES (April 16, 2014) – On Monday, April 21, 2014, the world will run as one with the City of Boston for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon. Universal Sports Network will provide exclusive LIVE national coverage of Boston’s legendary event from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET.

Leading up to the race, Universal Sports will broadcast a LIVE Preview Show from the finish line on Boylston Street featuring analysis of the elite field and live interviews on Saturday, April 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. ET.

In addition to LIVE television coverage, UniversalSports.com will live-stream the Boston Marathon, and also feature a “Finish Line Web Cam” that shows all runners as they cross the finish line.

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

Written by IAAF.

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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.