Marathons

Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Perseveres in Face of Unprecedented Weather Conditions

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Thousands of volunteers and spectators support participants as temperatures range in the mid-30s for springtime race day - CLEVELAND (May 15, 2016) – Neither sleet, nor snow, nor rain and low temperatures could keep nearly 15,000 runners from competing in the 39th Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. Despite temperatures in the mid-30s, spirits were high at the starting line just outside the Quicken Loans Arena, the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Behind the scenes, a small army of University Hospitals staff and race volunteers mobilized to ensure racers would remain safe and accomplish their goals.

Executive Race Director Jack Staph said, “Our participants should be so proud of their accomplishments today. Finishing a race, of any distance, is laudable and persevering in challenging weather is even more impressive.

“Also,” he said, “I couldn’t be more pleased with the way our volunteers, staff and medical team stepped up and ensured the best possible experience we could provide. You never know what type of weather you’ll get in Cleveland, and after a year of hard work and preparation, I’m very glad we could quickly adapt to best serve our runners.”

Energy Supplier and Classic Race agree partnership through to 2018 / “Guiding Light of our Running Sponsorship”

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The Frankfurt Marathon has a new title sponsor for its 35th and latest edition. Mainova AG will make its debut as title sponsor for the anniversary race on 30 October, 2016. The contract will run until 2018. The Mainova Frankfurt Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, which finishes in the magnificent indoor setting of the city’s “Festhalle” or Festival Hall. Online entry is available at: www.frankfurt-marathon.com

The Frankfurt Marathon has a new title sponsor for its 35th and latest edition. Mainova AG will make its debut as title sponsor for the anniversary race on 30 October, 2016. The contract will run until 2018. The Mainova Frankfurt Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, which finishes in the magnificent indoor setting of the city’s “Festhalle” or Festival Hall. Online entry is available at: www.frankfurt-marathon.com

Kipchoge runs 2:03:05 to win the London Marathon, second fastest time ever

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A second consecutive victory at the London Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, in the second-fastest time in history of 2:03:05 further endorsed Eliud Kipchoge’s credentials as one of the greatest marathon runners in history on Sunday (24).

The Kenyan, who looks destined to represent his country at his third Olympic Games in Rio, looked frustrated to miss the world record by eight seconds as he put his head in his hands immediately after finishing but he didn’t express any exasperation in the post-race press conference.

“I realised I was a few seconds off the world record. It was not really disappointment,” he said, although he had earlier confirmed he had no idea he was so close over the final kilometre to the world record of 2:02:57 set by his compatriot Dennis Kimetto in Berlin two years ago.

Japhet Kosgei and Zsofia Erdelyi win in Duesseldorf, Hendrik Pfeiffer qualifies for Rio

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Japhet Kosgei won the 14th edition of the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf. Taking into account the weather conditions with cold temperatures, wind and a couple of hail showers he clocked a fine time of 2:10:46. Defending champion Marius Ionescu of Romania took second with a personal best of 2:13:00 while Germany’s Hendrik Pfeiffer ran a superb debut in difficult conditions. The 23 year-old was third, but more important qualified for the Olympic marathon with a time of 2:13:11. Hungary’s Zsofia Erdelyi dominated the women’s race, winning with 2:35:37 from Beverly Ramos of Puerto Rico, who clocked a national record of 2:36:31. Belgium’s Hanna Vandenbusche was third in 2:39:50.

Adding other running events staged parallel to the marathon a total of around 17,000 runners entered the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf. „We are really happy and proud that Hendrik Pfeiffer snatched a ticket to Rio today. That was a superb bonus to a great event,“ said Race Director Jan Winschermann.

Deep Fields Expected to Compete for $132,000 Prize Purse at the 2016 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Events

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Stephen Njoroge returns to defend marathon title; Ethiopians Alem Kifle and Hailemaryam Ayantu Dakebo headline women’s field; $40,500 American Development Program bonuses also available - PITTSBURGH – Deep international fields are expected in both the men’s and women’s race for the 8thDICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, set for Sunday, May 1.Stephen Njoroge of Kenya will return to defend his title in the Steel City after winning last year’s race in 2 hours, 15 minutes and 19 seconds. EthiopiansAlem Kifle and Hailemaryam Ayantu Dakebo lead the women’s race with personal bests of 2:30:13 and 2:33:51, respectively.

This year’s DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events offers a guaranteed $132,000 prize. The purse also includes American bonuses totaling $40,500 as part of the American Development Program, a P3R initiative to increase exposure and racing opportunities for emerging American runners.