Marathons

Former champions Daska and Seboka added to Dubai Marathon women's field

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Former Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon women’s winners Mamitu Daska and Mula Seboka will return to the Emirate and contest this year’s race on 22 January, organisers of the IAAF Gold Label Road Race announced on Monday (4).

Daska and Seboka, winners in 2010 and 2014 respectively, will join their Ethiopian compatriot and 2013 Dubai champion Tirfi Tsegaye on the start line.

Since winning in Dubai, Daska has lowered her marathon personal best to 2:21:59, which she set when winning the Frankfurt Marathon in 2011.

Packed Elite Field Expected at 2016 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon

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2015 Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia leads the way in the men’s Aramco Houston Half Marathon field - HOUSTON (December 23, 2015) – The 44th edition of the Chevron Houston Marathon Race Weekend features stacked fields in both the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aramco Houston Half Marathon. Race-day for the 2016 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon is Sunday, January 17.

 “The group that our Elite Athlete Committee has assembled, including a two-time men’s marathon winner and the second and third place finishers from last year’s women’s marathon, are undoubtedly capable of high-level performances and we can only hope for optimal conditions,” said Chevron Houston Marathon Race Director and Board President Brant Kotch. “We are also particularly eager to see what the international stars can do on our half marathon course: we have Boston Marathon and World Championships Marathon winners on display in those races. All of the races have the potential to be lightning-fast.”

Desisa and Rotich to defend Boston Marathon titles

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Reigning champions Lelisa Desisa from Ethiopia and Caroline Rotich from Kenya are the first high-profile names to be recruited for the 2016 Boston Marathon on 18 April - Organisers of the Boston Marathon announced on Wednesday (16) that Lelisa Desisa and Caroline Rotich will defend their titles at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race on 18 April 2016.

Last year the chase for the men’s title was aggressive with a deep international field of Olympic medalists, world champions, and World Marathon Majors winners battling for the win in rainy and windy conditions.

Experience proved the deciding factor, however, as Desisa broke away from Yemane Tsegay and Wilson Chebet to secure his second Boston Marathon title, becoming the only Ethiopian man to have won the race twice.

“I am so happy to return to Boston in 2016 to try to make history as a three-time champion of the world's most historic race and to do my best to represent Ethiopian running on the global stage,” said Desisa.

Deena Kastor and Abdi Abdirahman Best Field in Duo to Rio Relay sponsored by AT&T at 2015 Dallas Marathon

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Dallas native Logan Sherman wins 2015 Dallas Marathon -DALLAS (Dec. 13, 2015) – The elite field in the Duo to Rio Relay sponsored by AT&T at the 2015 Dallas Marathon featured five pairs of Olympic Trials qualifying athletes, competing head-to-head to see which duo of runners could complete the fastest two-person marathon relay. Sam Chelanga opened an early lead, running a 1:03:47 split in his 13.1-mile relay leg before handing off to teammate Molly Huddle. Experience won out, as the pair of Abdi Abdirahman, a four-time Team USA Olympian, and three-time Olympian Deena Kastor were the first duo to cross the Dallas Marathon finish line in a time of 2:19:49. Race officials believe Kastor and Abdirahman’s finish time signifies the fastest two-person marathon relay ever recorded. The five male participants, who ran the first 13.1 miles, stayed closely together. Kastor and Dallas-born Becky Wade pulled ahead from the field as the Duo to Rio Relay sponsored by AT&T competitors made their way towards a downtown finish, with Kastor sprinting ahead for the finish tape in the last half mile.

Kenyans Keitany, Biwott sweep titles at TCS New York City Marathon, by Chris Lotsbom, RRW, used with permission

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NEW YORK (01-Nov) -- For the third straight year, a pair of Kenyans swept the top spots here at the 45th TCS New York City Marathon, as Mary Keitany retained her women's title and Stanley Biwott claimed his first victory in an Abbott World Marathon Majors event. Keitany ran alone for a majority of the final 10 kilometers, going on to finish first in 2:24:25. After finishing fifth here in 2013, Biwott returned and was able to maintain a brutal late-race pace to the line, taking the win in 2:10:34.

KEITANY CRUISES TO COMFORTABLE WIN

As the defending champion and arguably the best women's marathoner in the world right now, Mary Keitany came into today's race with a burden on her petite shoulders. Aware of her current fitness, the 33-year-old wanted to test the field.

"What I can say is that I was very confident in coming to New York City Marathon," Keitany would tell members of the media, a growing smile across her face. "I wanted to come and try to defend my title."