Defending Champion Rita Jeptoo and Two-Time Olympic Medalist Eliud Kipchoge Claim Victory in Chicago

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The sixth Nike Northside/Southside Challenge again featured local high school athletes competing in a cross-country race covering the final 2.62 miles - CHICAGO (Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014) -- The 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon saw a record 40,802 runners crossed the finish line in Grant Park under ideal weather conditions. The men's race saw a Kenyan sweep with Eliud Kipchoge stealing the show in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 11 seconds, and Sammy Kitwara and Dickson Chumba dueling for second, with Kitwara out-striding Chumba.

"They say if you have a will, then you will be successful," said Kipchoge, winning his first World Marathon Major and third marathon. "I had a will to transition to the marathon and that is why I have been able to win so well."

In the women's race, Rita Jeptoo (KEN) easily defended her title, breaking the tape in 2:24:35. Mare Dibaba (ETH) held on for second in 2:25:37, and current half-marathon world record holder, Florence Kiplagat (KEN), secured a podium finish in 2:25:57.

Abbott Celebrates the Power of Health and Achievement as First-Ever Title Sponsor of World Marathon Majors

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Series will be renamed Abbott World Marathon Majors starting in 2015 - ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Oct. 10, 2014 — Abbott and the World Marathon Majors announced a new partnership with Abbott becoming the race series'first-ever title sponsor. The series – comprising six of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world: Tokyo, Boston, Virgin Money London, BMW BERLIN, Bank of America Chicago and TCS New York City Marathon – will be renamed the Abbott World Marathon Majors starting in 2015.

Through the new global partnership, Abbott aims to create opportunities for the company to demonstrate and bring to life its core mission of helping people unlock all that life has to offer through the power of health. This mission will be expressed through the company's new brand line – "Life. To the Fullest." – as part of communications and branding efforts around each of the races.

Kenyans romp to a clean sweep in Lisbon

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Kenyan runners scored a clean-sweep of victories at the Rock ‘n’ Roll EDP Lisbon Marathon and Rock ‘n’ Roll Vodafone Half-Marathon, both IAAF Gold Label Road Races, on Sunday (5).

In the marathon, Samuel Ndungu scored his second career win by a comfortable margin although his task was made easier when Lawrence Kimaiyo - one of his main rivals - was tripped by the pacemaker at 29km.

Ndungu, who won the Otsu Marathon on his debut two years ago in 2:07:04, didn’t approach this time but the Kenyan came through to win by more than two minutes in a Portuguese all-comers' record of 2:08:16.

Jeptoo, Biwott Withdraw from the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon

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2013 Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon runner-up Jemima Sumgong of Kenya will join previously announced, sensational professional athlete fields on Sunday, November 2. - NEW YORK - Previously announced defending women’s champion Priscah Jeptoo and 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon runner-up Stanley Biwott, both of Kenya, have withdrawn from the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon (to be run on Sunday, November 2) due to leg injuries, it was announced this week by Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners.

2013 Boston Marathon Champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon runner-up Jemima Sumgong of Kenya have been added to the previously announced professional athlete fields of American and international record-setters and distance-running greats.

Pennel, Erb Win USA Titles at Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon

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Hussein wins record fifth USA Masters Championship, Piers wins third masters title - ST. PAUL, Minn. (October 5, 2014)First-time marathoner Tyler Pennel of Blowing Rock, N.C. and last year’s women’s third-place finisher Esther Erb of Richmond,Va. earned victories at the 33rd Medtronic Twn Cities Marathon Sunday.  Pennel clocked 2 hours,13 minutes, 32 seconds on the course that starts in downtown Minneapolis and finishes on the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul. Erb ran 2:34:01.

The victorious pair earned USA Marathon Championship titles with the wins and pocketed $25,000 each for their efforts.

Pennel, who was content to be part of a seven member lead pack at the half-way mark, was building a lead by mile 21 that stretched to a comfortable 29 seconds by the finish line. Jared Ward of Provo, Utah finished second in 2:14:00, while Scott Smith of Oklahoma City was third in 2:14:40.