Written by David Monti - 2015 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved, used with permission.

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(07-Jan) -- Reigning Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi and Olympic bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan will lead the home-country charge at the 119th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 20, race organizers announced this morning.

Keflezighi, 39, from San Diego, Calif., became the first American man to win Boston in 31 years last year when he broke away in the first half, ran most of the race alone, and was never caught.  He held off Kenya's Wilson Chebet in the homestretch on Boylston Street to win in a career best 2:08:47.  He'll try to become the first American since Bill Rodgers in 1980 to successfully defend a Boston Marathon title.

2016 Olympic Trials Marathon to feature record prize money

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ANAHEIM -- The 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s and Women’s Marathon will deliver a record $600,000 prize money, USATF CEO Max Siegel announced Thursday.

The Olympic Trials Marathons, to be contested Feb. 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, will award $300,000 prize money to women and $300,000 to men. The top three finishers from each race who meet Olympic time standards will make the team for Rio.

“We are very happy to be in a position to ensure record prize money for our top distance runners,” said Siegel, who on Tuesday announced record revenue for USATF and an additional $9 million in elite athlete funding from 2015-2020. “We are looking forward to a spectacular Olympic Trials in Los Angeles and further elevating the profile of American marathoning, on one of the world’s most visible media stages.

Makau back to winning ways in Fukuoka

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Having spent most of the last two seasons sidelined with a serious knee injury, Patrick Makau made a winning return to marathon-running in the Fukuoka Marathon on Sunday in 2:08:22 -

Former world marathon record-holder Patrick Makau made a winning comeback at the 68th edition of the Fukuoka Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (7).

Contesting his first marathon in about twenty months due to a succession of injuries, Makau broke away in the last four kilometres to secure his first marathon victory since Frankfurt in October 2012.

Vassallo Wins His Second Philly Marathon

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Men's winner trumps 2010 victory time by exactly four minutes, runs B-standard qualifier for U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials - PHILADELPHIA (Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014) - Over thirty thousand runners descend on Philadelphia the weekend before Thanksgiving to compete in three races put on by the city.  

The weekend kicked off with the Rothman Institute 8K on Saturday and then the 21st GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon and GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon on Sunday.

Dan Vassallo of Peabody, Mass. was no stranger to the Philadelphia Marathon. He won it in 2010 in 2:21:28, and on Sunday  he chalked up his second victory Philadelphia victory. Vassallo shaved off more than four minutes as he hit the finishing tape in a much faster 2:17:28 to collect $3,500.

Nicholas Hilton Breaks Course Record At Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon

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American Olympian Janet Bawcom places first in the women’s half establishing new event mark. - SAVANNAH, Ga. — More than 17,000 runners took to the streets of Savannah this morning to participate in the 4th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & Half Marathon

Nicholas Hilton, 25, of Flagstaff, Ariz., came out strong in the marathon, leading the entire way and finishing in 2 hours, 21 minutes and 31 seconds, shattering the course record by eight minutes. Hilton was followed by second place finisher Belay Kassa, 33, of Ethiopia in 2:33:07. Zaven O’Bryant, 28, of Atlanta made his debut in 2:34:45.

“My coach told me to find a race in a location where I wanted to go and I’ve always wanted to visit Savannah and it seemed like a great event so I chose to come here,” said Hilton. “Considering where I’m at with my training right now I’m really, really pleased with how the race went. It was definitely a flat course, with a little bit of roll, which is great and everyone cheering along the course was fantastic.”