Running USA Annual Marathon Report

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More new highs for U.S. marathons with 541,000 finishers and more than 1,100 races; ING New York City Marathon returns to the top in 2013 - SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - (March 23, 2014) - With the spring marathon season opening, it is time for Running USA's annual Marathon Report. Despite several cancellations due to weather and the Boston Marathon terror attack, 2013 was another record year for the classic distance with more than 1,100 marathons run across the country generating 541,000 finishers with a breakdown of 57% men and 43% women (a new high).

Last year, we reported that the estimated number of U.S. marathon finishers had declined from a record high 518,000 finishers in 2011 to 487,000 in 2012 (a 6% decrease), but like 2001, most of the decline was attributed to a unique situation; in 2001, it was post-9/11 travel impacting fall marathons, and in 2012, the ING New York City Marathon, the world's largest 26.2 mile race with 47,000-plus finishers, was cancelled due to the destruction of Hurricane Sandy. If the NYC Marathon had been held in 2012, there is no doubt that the 2012 overall marathon finisher total would have exceeded the 2011 record of 518,000 marathon finishers.

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:

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

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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.