Marathons

Debutant David Kogei could be in for some drama at the Vienna City Marathon

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Theatre of Emotions - this is the motto of this year’s Vienna City Marathon and additionally it is the title of a remarkable book on marathon running which was published by the organizers. On stage today during the pre-race press conference in Vienna were some of the elite men’s runners. While Kenya’s Levy Matebo Omari features the fastest time on the start list with a personal best of 2:05:16 there could well be an upset in Sunday’s race. Fellow-Kenyan David Kogei heads a list of four debutants who might be in for a surprise. Adding other running events staged parallel to the Vienna City Marathon on Sunday organizers have registered more than 42,000 runners for the 33rd edition of the event, which is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race. The marathon will be shown live and worldwide on the internet at: www.vienna-marathon.com

Five women target sub 2:25 in Vienna City Marathon

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In recent years the Vienna City Marathon has developed strongly regarding the international significance of the race. Superstars Haile Gebrselassie and Paula Radcliffe competed in the half marathon staged parallel to the marathon, overall entry figures rose by one third within five years to more than 42,000 and the men’s course record stands at a world-class time of 2:05:41. However there is one record that looks a bit out of date: The women’s course record of 2:23:47 is from 2000. It was Italy’s Maura Viceconte who ran this time in Vienna. Organizers hope that the women’s winner of the 33rd edition of the Vienna City Marathon will at least come near to the mark or may be finally break it on Sunday. Five women are targeting times of sub 2:25 in this IAAF Gold Label Road Race which will be shown live and worldwide on the internet at: www.vienna-marathon.com

Nearly 10,000 Kick off Spring with the 10th Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon

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Kids cross same finish line as marathoners through Be Healthy Georgia Festival - ATLANTA (March 20, 2016) This morning the 2016 Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon hosted approximately 10,000 runners and walkers at Centennial Olympic Park. The 10th annual event featured an energetic crowd, clear skies and cool temperatures.

Oscar Ogwaro won the marathon with a solid lead in a time of 2:28:19. This was the Rome, Georgia, resident’s first full marathon. In the women’s race, Kathleen Turchin of Buford, Georgia, broke the tape in 3:03:22.

Rotich wins Lake Biwa Marathon as Kitajima boosts Olympic selection chances

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Lucas Rotich won the Lake Biwa Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, in 2:09:11 in the Japanese city of Otsu on Sunday afternoon (6).

“2:09:11 is a good time considering the warm weather conditions,” said the 25-year-old Kenyan. “Since the pace maker Kosgei went back to pace the Japanese before 25km, I was in front alone without a pace maker at that point, so it was little difficult.”

The race start time temperature was just below 20C and it stayed about the same throughout the race. The plus side of the weather was that cloud covered the Sun throughout the race, and wind was at minimal.

Hisanori Kitajima finished five seconds behind in second place with a PB of 2:09:16 and thus finished in the all-important first Japanese position in the final Olympic qualifying race.

HERRERA AND BECK CAPTURE WINS AT KAISER PERMANENTE NAPA VALLEY MARATHON

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NAPA, Calif. — March 6, 2016 — At today’s 38th Annual Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon (NVM), two first-time competitors at the race climbed the winners’ platform. Isidore Herrera, age 25, of Simi Valley, Calif. and Catherine Beck, 30, of Clinton, NY grabbed the victories, heading the field of over 2,800 entrants on a mild, partly cloudy morning in between rain storms. Herrera won the men’s race in 2 hours, 27 minutes, and 29 seconds. Beck crossed the finish line at Vintage High School in Napa in 2:52:34.

 In the men’s race, Herrera sailed to a solo lead from the start with an ambitious goal of finishing in about 2:15:00. Dick Beardsley set the NVM men’s race record of 2:16:20 in 1987. Indeed, Herrera sailed through the 13.1-mile half marathon split point in a swift 1:07:40, on pace to a projected finish time of 2:15:20. Eventually, he was unable to keep up that effort.

 “The first 16 miles went pretty easy and then the hills started slowing me down,” Herrera said. My workouts have been at 5 minute pace for 20 or 21 miles, so I was pretty confident that I could do 2:15 today, but the wind and the hills made it hard. My legs started cramping.”