Marathons

Biwott lands biggest win of his career in New York

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Kenya's Stanley Biwott defeated a strong line-up including Wilson Kipsang at the TCS New York City Marathon while Mary Keitany scored back-to-back titles with victory in the women's race

Kenya’s Stanley Biwott scored the biggest win of his career to date at the TCS New York City Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (1).

Despite boasting a lifetime best under the 2:05-mark, Biwott was largely excluded from the pre-race narrative which was centred around the top two finishers from twelve months ago - Wilson Kipsang from Kenya and Lelisa Desisa from Ethiopia - and the comparatively inexperienced Geoffrey Kamworor, the silver medallist behind Mo Farah over 10,000m at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing who was contesting his first marathon in over a year.

Elite Prize Purse Announced for 2016 Chevron Houston Marathon Race Weekend

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HOUSTON (October 22, 2015) - The Houston Marathon Committee (HMC) announced on Thursday the elite prize purse for the 2016 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon. A total of $268,000 in guaranteed prize money will be awarded to the top finishers in the four races on race day, including a $40,000 first place payout for both the men's and women's champions at the 2016 Chevron Houston Marathon and a $20,000 first place payout for both the men's and women's champions at the 2016 Aramco Houston Half Marathon.

"Our announcement of the 2016 prize money structure means that our effort to secure the very best professionals to run on the streets of Houston in January has commenced," said Board President and Race Director Brant Kotch. "This year's guaranteed purse, plus numerous time incentives to broaden the pool of recipients, will permit us to do just that.  The open purses for the Marathon and the Half Marathon mean that spectators and participants alike will be able to watch, and perhaps participate with, remarkably talented professional runners."

High Quality Elite Field at the Frankfurt Marathon, Arne Gabius pursues German Record

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The Frankfurt Marathon will get underway on Sunday with an elite field which looks capable of living up to expectations for a high quality race. As many as 12 runners who have broken 2:10 are entered and eight women have sub 2:30 performances to their credit. This pedigree of line-up confirms the Frankfurt Marathon’s position as one of the leading autumn races worldwide at this distance. The Ethiopian Bazu Worku is the fastest man on the start list with 2:05:16 while his compatriot Koren Jelela Yal has a best of 2:22:43 to head the women’s field. But for once the centre of attention is not on an athlete from East Africa but a European: Arne Gabius, the 34-year-old from Stuttgart, is aiming to break the German record on Sunday which has stood for 27 years. It was 1988 when Jörg Peter ran 2:08:47 in Tokyo. The Frankfurt Marathon is, along with its counterpart in Berlin, the only German race holding the IAAF Gold Label awarded by the IAAF, the highest category of road race. The organisers expect to have around 15,000 participants on Sunday in an event where entries are still open.
 

Eliud Kipchoge leads Kenyan trio in pursuit of superfast race, while German runners target Olympic qualifying times for Rio

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The 42nd edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON promises to be a hunt for superfast times and Olympic qualifying performances when the starting gun is fired at 9 o’clock on Sunday morning to set 41,224 runners from 131 countries in motion along the Avenue of June 17. The Kenyan trio of Eliud Kipchoge, Emmanuel Mutai and Geoffrey Mutai have the kind of split times in their sights which could bring them in range of the world record of 2:02:57 set by their compatriot Dennis Kimetto last year. All have solid experience of the Berlin course which adds credibility to their confidence at Friday’s press conference.

The BMW-BERLIN MARATHON is the first autumn race in the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AWMM) series which also comprises Tokyo, Boston, London, Chicago and New York. The race has Gold Label status, the highest category awarded by the IAAF.

Universal Sports Network Presents the 2015 BMW Berlin Marathon this Sunday, September 27 at 1 p.m. ET

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LOS ANGELES (September 24, 2015) - Universal Sports Network, the year-round destination for Olympic, endurance and action sports programming, presents same day television coverage of the 2015 BMW Berlin Marathon Sunday, September 27 at 1 p.m. ET. In addition to TV coverage, UniversalSports.com will live stream the event to authenticated users starting at 3 a.m. ET.

The Berlin Marathon is considered the fastest course in the world and is home to seven of the last 10 world records. The flat course starts and finishes near the famous landmark Brandenburg Gate.