Marathons

World-class field headed by sub 2:05 runner Endeshaw Negesse

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The strongest field in the history of the event will line up for the 12th edition of the Metro Group Marathon Duesseldorf on 27April. Ethiopians Endeshaw Negesse and Selomie Getnet head the current start lists with personal bests of 2:04:52 and 2:25:15 respectively. Adding other running events staged parallel to the marathon a field of more than 16,000 athletes is expected to take part in the event. Online entry is still possible at: www.metrogroup-marathon.de

By inviting a number of world-class runners we continue to strive forward. It is our aim to establish the Metro Group Marathon Duesseldorf as a high-class international spring race,” said Race Director Jan Winschermann. In the past two years the men’s course record was broken twice. Last year’s winner Dereje Debele (Ethiopia) clocked 2:07:48. Organisers hope that this time will be significantly improved on 27th April.

Pittsburgh’s American Development Program Attracts U.S. Olympic-Hopefuls with Bonuses

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2014 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon offers $1500 and $500 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier bonuses - PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. announced that it will award bonuses for athletes who earn a 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying time at the 2014 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon slated for Sunday, May 4. Athletes who earn the Trials “A” qualifying standard will receive $1500, and athletes who earn the “B” qualifying standard will receive $500.

The initiative is part of the American Development Program, a comprehensive program launched this year to encourage and support the next generation of U.S. long distance runners at Pittsburgh Three RiversMarathon, Inc.’s flagship events: DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, GNC Live Well Liberty Mile on August 1 and EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler in November.

L.A. Marathon runners sweat through hottest race day in decade

Written by LA Times.

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They’ve fought torrential rain and strong winds before, but L.A. Marathon runners have rarely seen the heat they did Sunday – or the large number of first-aid calls the warm weather produced.

At the L.A. Marathon’s finish line in Santa Monica, city firefighters aided 95 runners, sending 16 to area hospitals, for such problems as dehydration, cramps, chest pains and exhaustion, according to Battalion Chief Jeff Furrows. That was twice the usual number of runners requesting aid, he said.

Elite Field Changes Announced for 2014 Boston Marathon

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There have been no changes to the women’s elite field - BOSTON, Mass. —  John Hancock Elite Athlete Team changes for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21, 2014 were announced this week by John Hancock Financial.

Additions to the elite men’s field include U.S. Olympians Ryan Hall and Abdi Abdirahman and Kenyan elite Mathew Bowen. Withdrawals to the elite men’s field include Kenyan elite Moses Mosop, U.S. Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein and Australian Olympian Jeffrey Hunt.

Former champion Ruto and last year’s runner-up Ayenew return

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Former champion Evans Ruto will return to the TUI MarathonHannoveron 27th April. The Kenyan won the race five years ago with a time of 2:10:47. One of his strongest rivals should be Ethiopia’s Mekuant Ayenew {photo left) who finished runner-up last year with a personal best of 2:10:05. Algeria’s Souad Ait Salemheads the women’s field with a personal best of 2:25:08. The TUI MarathonHannovercontinued its rise with two course records in 2013 and has now been upgraded to an IAAF Silver Label Road Race.

A year ago South Africa’s Lusapho April clocked 2:08:32while Ukraine’s Olena Burkovska crossed the line in 2:27:07in Hannover. These marks could be targeted on this very flat course in the heart of Germany. At today’s press conference in Hannoverorganisers released a first set of names for the elite fields. Among them is one former champion: Evans Ruto will have very good memories of the TUI Marathon Hannover. It was here, where his career got a significant boost in 2009: Ruto won his first marathon and broke 2:11. In the meantime the 30 year-old Kenyan improved by another three minutes. He ran 2:07:49in Kosicein 2012. Ruto already won a marathon early this year, when he took the Mumbai race in January with 2:09:33.