Dennis Kimetto makes marathon history on the streets of Berlin while Tirfi Tsegaye’s patience is rewarded with women’s world lead at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON (plus photos)

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A new chapter in the marathon was opened with a magnificent flourish by Dennis Kimetto in Berlin on Sunday (September 28). In only his fifth race at the distance, the Kenyan smashed the 2:03 barrier a year after his compatriot Wilson Kipsang had brought the world record down to 2:03:23 on the same course. Kimetto’s is the tenth world record on a course which makes full use of Berlin’s flat terrain and gentle corners. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is an IAAF Gold Label race and part of the World Marathon Majors Series.

Emmanuel Mutai finished second in 2:03:13, ten seconds inside the old record while Ethiopia’s Abera Kuma broke through to the marathon elite with third place in a personal best of 2:05:56.

Ethiopia’s Tirfi Tsegaye fulfilled her ambition of ascending to the top place on the podium as the 2012 Berlin runner-up took just over a minute off her personal best to win in 2:20:18, the fastest time in the world this year and nine seconds ahead of her training partner Feyse Tadese. Shalane Flanagan attacked early in the race and led through halfway, on course to break the American record, but faded to finish third in what was nonetheless her fastest ever time of 2:21:14.

Women’s Trio set sights on entry to exclusive marathon club in BMW BERLIN-MARATHON

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The Ethiopian duo of Tirfi Tsegaye and Feyse Tadese together with Shalane Flanagan of the USA hope to be knocking on the door of an exclusive distance running club when the 41st edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON gets underway at 8.45 am on Sunday (September 28). The trio aim to break the 2:20 barrier for the marathon, a landmark achieved by 18 women so far in history. Five have that distinction in Berlin with Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat the last to succeed in that attempt with her time of 2:19:44 in 2011. The women’s course record of 2:19:12 has remained in the possession of Japan’s 2004 Olympic Marathon champion Mizuki Noguchi since 2005. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race and a World Marathon Majors (WMM) event.

Tirfi Tsegaye lives in Addis Ababa but hails from Oromia, one of the most fertile sources of Ethiopia running talent, including Kenenise Bekele. The winner of the Paris title two years ago, Dubai last year and Tokyo this February is very much aware of that heritage.

“I’m proud to come from Oromia and to have grown up in the capital of Arsi. I know all about our running tradition and want to represent that here on the streets of Berlin.”

Competitive edge has potential to take men’s field to brink of world record and beyond in Berlin on Sunday

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Such is the breadth of experience to sharpen the competitive instincts of the men’s field for the 41st edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday (September 28), that the race to the finish line close to the Brandenburg Gate could see the world record broken almost as an afterthought. The talk among the leading competitors on Friday was of solid preparation and readiness to profit from past Berlin success or take a plunge into new territory. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is an IAAF Gold Label race and a World Marathon Majors (WMM) event.

Dennis Kimetto is quietly spoken even by laid-back Kenyan standards but there is no mistaking the intent of the man who broke the course record with a personal best of 2:03:45 to win Chicago last October. He is one of the contenders who knows just how fast this course can be. In 2012 he lost his running dynamo a few strides from the finish line which was enough for his training partner Geoffrey Mutai to surge to victory. All this on his marathon debut and setting the fastest ever time of 2:04:16 for first timer at the distance.

“I know I am ready. My preparation has been good and I’m confident for Sunday. If the conditions are good, yes, we could break the world record.”

Elite Prize Purse Announced for 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon Race Weekend

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HOUSTON (September 3, 2014) - The Houston Marathon Committee (HMC) announced on Wednesday the elite prize purse for the 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon. A total of $276,000 in guaranteed prize money will be awarded to the top finishers in the four races on race day, including a $40,000 first place payout for both the men's and women's champions at the 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon.  


"We always look forward to announcing our prize money for the coming year's races, because that announcement signals the start of our effort to secure the very best available talent to run on the streets of Houston in January," said Board President and Race Director Brant Kotch. "This year's enhanced guaranteed prize money purse, plus numerous time incentives that really broaden the pool of recipients, will allow us to do just that.  The open purse for the Marathon and the USA Half Marathon Championship, mean that spectators and participants alike will be able to watch, and perhaps participate beside, some tremendous professional runners."

Snoop Dogg to Headline Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival in Las Vegas set for November 14-16 on the Strip at Night - LAS VEGAS – Guaranteed to be one of the biggest weekends in running this year, pop-culture icon Snoop Dogg will headline the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival in Las Vegas on November 14-16, 2014. The global superstar will perform on Sunday during the pre-race concert at 3:00pm, prior to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America taking over the Las Vegas Strip at Night.

“Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas has proven over and over again to be one of the biggest and most anticipated running events in the world,” said Josh Furlow, EVP of Global Events for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “We are thrilled to continue this legacy in 2014 by announcing Snoop Dogg, one of the most legendary, chart-topping artists of the past two decades, as the headliner for this year's festivities.” (Photo, right, credit Ryan Bethke.)