Marathons

Henry Sugut goes for an unprecedented fourth win in Vienna

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Henry Sugut hopes to achieve an unprecedented fourth victory when he returns for the Vienna City Marathon on 13th April. The Kenyan won the biggest spring road race in German speaking territory in 2010, 2012 and 2013. But Sugut will not face an easy task when going for a hattrick in Vienna. Among his challengers are five runners with personal bests of sub 2:08. The Vienna City Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race. Adding other running events staged parallel to the marathon organisers registered more than 41,000 entries for the 31st edition of the race.

“Vienna is my city. I am always doing well here. Whenever I come to Vienna my self confidence is high,” said Henry Sugut. Indeed there is no other place where he has been as successful as in Vienna. Three of his four fastest marathons he ran here. His 2:06:58 winning time of 2012 still stands as his personal best and as the course record as well. The 28 year-old will hope to continue this success in the Austrian capital on 13th April. Regarding a possible unique fourth victory he said: “That would be great if I could achieve that.”

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: www.metrogroup-marathon.de

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.