Fast Times, Incredible Age Group Record Highlight Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon

Written by Dan Cruz, Competitor Group.

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91-year-old cancer survivor Harriette Thompson becomes the second oldest women marathon finisher in U.S. history and sets a new age-group record; Ethiopians Deksisa, Dibaba win half-marathon; Americans Bruce, Corrigan win marathon - SAN DIEGO, Calif. (June 1, 2014) – On the 17th anniversary of the Suja Rock ‘n Roll San Diego Marathon & 1/2 Marathon To Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma, at the 13.1-mile distance, youth was served today. And Ethiopians ruled the roads.

Nearly 25,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes hit the pavement, entertained by more than 40 bands and 20 cheerleading squads lining the scenic San Diego racecourse. To cap off the day, Aloe Blacc helped runners celebrate their accomplishments with an unforgettable finish line performance inside Petco Park.

In the men’s half marathon, 20-year-old Solomon Deksisa of Ethiopia broke away from Kenyan Geoffrey Bundi near mile 11 and sped to victory, winning in 1 hour, 12 seconds. Bundi, 26, finished second in 1:00:28, which was over a 2 minute PR and the fastest half-marathon run on U.S. soil this year.

Ethiopians Tsegay and Tufa Set Ottawa Marathon course records

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Despite much of the course blanketed in an early morning fog, the 2014 Scotiabank Ottawa marathon, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race, saw Ethiopia’s Yemane Tsegay and Tigist Tufa produce course records on Sunday (25).

After passing the halfway point in 1:02:45, the men’s lead pack gradually succumbed to the effort, leaving Tsegay alone in front for the last 12 kilometres. Despite repeatedly looking over his shoulder to assess his lead, and occasionally rubbing his right hamstring, which was cramping, the 29-year-old crossed the line in 2:06:54.

The victory earned him a $20,000 first place prize and a $10,000 course record bonus.

In addition, he claimed $10,000 and a 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe car for breaking the Canadian all-comers’ mark of 2:07:05 that had been set at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last October by Tsegay’s countryman, Derissa Chimsa.

Mulugeta Wami,  the brother of 1999 IAAF World Championships 10,000m gold medallist Gete Wami,  finished second in 2:08:18 with Kenya’s Ishimael Chemtan lowering his personal best to finish third in 2:08:35.

Another US marathon victory: Annie Bersagel takes Duesseldorf, Gilbert Yegon wins men’s race

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Six days after Boston there was another surprising American marathon victory: In rainy conditions Annie Bersagel won the Metro Group Marathon Duesseldorf with a personal best of 2:28:59. She overtook Selomie Getnet with only three kilometres to go. The Ethiopian, who had a big lead in the middle of the race, was second with 2:30:29. Kenya’s Emily Ngetich ran 2:30:50 for third place. Gilbert Yegon won the men’s race with 2:08:07. On slippery roads the Kenyan missed the course record by 19 seconds. Endeshaw Negesse was second with 2:08:32 while his fellow Ethiopian Fikadu Teferi ran 2:09:34 in his debut for third place. Adding other running events staged parallel to the marathon a total of 16,000 runners competed in the Metro Group Marathon Duesseldorf.

The men’s race started fast with split times of 29:54 at 10 k and 44:56 at 15. When a group of 16 runners passed the half way mark in 63:31 they were still well on course for the course record of 2:07:48 run by Dereje Debele. The defending champion from Ethiopia was among the leaders at this stage. However in very wet and cool conditions with temperatures little above 10 Celsius Debele was among those who suffered badly during the second half. But the first of the favourites who lost contact to the group was fellow Ethiopian Shami Abdulhadi Dawud. The second fastest on the start list with a PB of 2:05:42 started to loose ground around the 25 k mark (1:15:36) and later dropped out at 31 k.

Henry Chirchir wins sprint finish, Souad Ait Salem takes women’s race in windy Hannover

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(photo Left) Henry Chirchir (right) and Francis Bowen fighting for victory as well as Souad Ait Salem - Henry Chirchir won a thrilling sprint finish at the TUI Marathon Hannover in 2:11:30. The Kenyan celebrated his first marathon victory in windy conditions just a stride ahead of 40 year-old Francis Bowen who was given the same time. Evans Ruto, the winner of the Hannover Marathon in 2009, completed a Kenyan sweep in 2:11:34. A group of nine runners reached halfway in 64:32 but due to the rising wind the pace dropped in the second half. Souad Ait Salem took the women’s title in 2:33:09. The Algerian led throughout the race and established a comfortable lead of more than two minutes at 25 kilometres. Nadeshda Leonteva of Russia and Bornes Kitur of Kenya closed the gap in the final stages but could not reach the winner. Leonteva finished second in 2:33:32, Kitur clocked a personal best of 2:33:50 for third place in her first marathon outside of Kenya. A record number of more than 18,418 runners entered the various events of the TUI Marathon Hannover, which is an IAAF Silver Label Road Race.

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.