Marathons

Kandie, Cole Win P.F. Chang's Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon

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Canadian Rob Watson and Brit Jess Peterson win the half-marathon titles - PHOENIX (Jan. 19, 2014) - On a picture-perfect winter day in the Valley of the Sun, Kenya’s Solomon Kandie triumphed at the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon, which featured a new finish line at Tempe Beach Park for the first time in the event’s 11-year history.

The 35-year-old clocked a 2 hour, 21 minutes flat for the 26.2-mile race, which started in downtown Phoenix and ran through the city of Scottsdale before finishing in Tempe.

A lead pack of three hit the halfway mark in 1:10:41, including Kandie, who previously finished second in the event in 2011, and Americans Tim Eisenga and Thomas Puzey. Eisenga, who ran stride for stride with Kandie for the first half of the race, was the first to fade just before mile 20. Puzey held strong for nearly 4 more miles, but Kandie proved to be the class of the field making his move at mile 24 to finish with the victory.

Worku defends Chevron Houston Marathon title

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Keflezighi and Burla runaway winners at USA Half Marathon Championships - Two returning champions claimed their second Houston wins and a pair of first-time victors were convincing winners Sunday at the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon. 25,000 runners enjoyed superb weather conditions and a brand new course in front of raucous fans in a festival atmosphere to produce some of the best races in event history.

It took Bazu Worku almost 26 miles to shake fellow Ethiopian Getachew Terfa, but over the final half-mile the defending champion pulled away to win the Chevron Houston Marathon in 2:07:32, the third-fastest time in race history. Terfa crossed the line 22 seconds later at 2:07:54, and unheralded Mexican Jose Antonio Uribe shattered his personal best with a 2:08:54 to place third. The top American finisher was former Georgia star Ian Burrell, who was seventh with a lifetime best 2:13:26.

2014 Chevron Houston Marathon Race Weekend

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HOUSTON (January 14, 2014) - On January 17-19, the 2014 Chevron Houston Marathon Race Weekend will attract over 250,000 participants, spectators and volunteers to the streets of Houston.  Sunday's Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon features a 25,000 runner registrant cap, tying the highest combined total ever resulting in the largest single-day sporting event in Houston. 

Race Weekend kicks off on Friday, with the Memorial Hermann Ironman Sports Medicine Institute EXPO.  The two-day EXPO will attract over 25,000 visitors each day and feature over 120 industry vendors. 

Run for a Reason

Thousands of race participants will arrive on the starting line to run for personal accomplishment and to help others through the event's Run for a Reason charity program. This year's fundraisers will run for 60 official charities and continue to build on the $2.2 million garnered in 2013.  The Chevron Houston Marathon's Run for a Reason charitable program has generated over $19 million in its 20-year history.

COSTA WINS ANNUAL RIVALRY AT WALT DISNEY WORLD MARATHON

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Fredison Costa easily defeats injured countryman Adriano Bastos for his third Disney title; Angela Brito of Ecuador claims her first women’s crown; More than 50,000 participate in five-day runDisney event - LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Jan. 12, 2014) – The friendly rivalry between Brazilian runners Fredison Costa and Adriano Bastos took another dramatic twist Sunday when Costa upstaged the defending champion Bastos to win the Walt Disney World Marathon presented by Cigna.

After relinquishing the Disney Marathon title to Bastos last year, Costa reclaimed the crown, his third in the past four years and the 10th straight for Brazilian runners who said they worked together Sunday to help Costa win.

“It was really hard and the other runners were really good, but at about (Mile 22) I knew that I could win the race,’’ Costa said through an interpreter. “This was the most important race in my life.’’

Bekele to make marathon debut in Paris

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Triple Olympic gold medallist Kenenisa Bekele will make his long-awaited debut over the classic distance on 6 April at the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Dominant for so long on the track and cross country, Bekele’s string of 10,000m victories finally came to an end when he failed to finish at the 2011 IAAF World Championships. One year later he finished outside of the medals in fourth place at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

But since then, the 5000m and 10,000m world record-holder has made a promising transition to the roads. In September last year he won the Great North Run after an exciting battle with world and Olympic champion Mo Farah and legendary Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie.

The 31-year-old Ethiopian has upped his mileage and has been doing a three-hour run each week in preparation for his first race over 26.2 miles.