Marathons

Hall Withdraws Due to Injury from 2013 ING New York City Marathon

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Says hip injury has been aggravated by training, will not start on Sunday, Nov. 3 - NEW YORK CITY - The 2013 ING New York City Marathon men’s professional field will lose previously announced U.S. Olympian Ryan Hall due to a hip injury, it was announced by New York Road Runners officials.

“In my zealous efforts to have redemption in this year's ING New York City Marathon, I overstepped the first and most important rule—making it to the line healthy,” said Hall. “A long string of very aggressive training has aggravated my hip and it has not been able to fully calm down, such that I don't think racing on it is wise. I am very disappointed that I won't be lining up on November 3rd as I had so looked forward to, but I am refocusing now on getting back to 100% and going after some big goals in 2014. Redemption will have to wait, but it will be all the more sweet.”

Ethiopians Sefir and Lilesa chase significant victory with Gebrselassie’s record as extra incentive in Frankfurt

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Kenyans have dominated the autumn marathon season so far, clocking the six fastest times in this period and taking the major races in Berlinand Chicagoas well as in Amsterdam. For good measure, all three women’s winners in these marathons were from Kenyaas well. But on Sunday the Ethiopians hope to hit back in the BMW Frankfurt Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Race. The second fastest marathon course in the world, where Wilson Kipsang (Kenya) clocked a course record of 2:03:42in 2011, offers the chance to claim significant victories.

With Dino Sefir (2:04:50) and Feyisa Lilesa (2:04:52) the two fastest runners in the field are Ethiopians. However Kenyans will of course also challenge for victory. And they intend to extend an impressive win streak that started back in 2002 and produced eight course records. Kenyans Vincent Kiprutu (2:05:13), Levy Matebo Omari (2:05:16), Albert Matebor (2:05:25), Eric Ndiema (2:06:07) and Gilbert Kirwa (2:06:14) are likely to be the toughest opponents for the Ethiopians. It is unprecendented for German speaking territory that five runners with PBs of sub 2:05:30will be lining up for a marathon.

Frankfurt prepares for fast and thrilling races

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Christoph Kopp lives in Berlinbut since the end of last week the Elite Race Coordinator for the BMW Frankfurt Marathonhas been regularly checking the weather forecast for the city beside the River Main. That’s where an imposing field will line up for the race’s 32nd edition on Sunday. A year ago the thermometer dropped to freezing point on race day morning and the organisers took the precaution of having salt scattered around the bends to prevent runners slipping on any potentially icy surface. Judging by the current meteorological predictions, Christoph Kopp and Race Director Jo Schindler will not need salt on Sunday – that is for sure. The elite field is loaded with talent, showing 21 runners with personal bests of sub 2:10and five have broken 2:05:30. The BMW Frankfurt Marathonis an IAAF Gold Label Road Race and around 15,000 runners are expected to take part.

Since 2003 the men’s course record has been broken on eight occasions. The current record is 2:03:42, set by Wilson Kipsang two years ago, and makes Frankfurtthe second fastest marathon behind Berlin. Given good weather conditions, another fast race is highly likely. However, Elite Race Coordinator Christoph Kopp is not making an attack on the course record the priority. This is currently only 19 seconds slower than Wilson Kipsang’s world record (2:03:23).

Universal Sports Network Announces Expanded Coverage of 2014 Boston Marathon

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Los Angeles (October 21, 2013) - Universal Sports Network, the year-round destination for Olympic and endurance sports programming, will provide LIVE television and online coverage of the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM ET. LIVE race day coverage from Copley Square will also include pre- and post-race shows at 8:30 AM ET and 12:30 PM ET respectively, and a wrap-up show at 4 PM ET.  

The network’s exclusive national TV coverage of the world’s oldest annual marathon will showcase an expanded field of 36,000 runners tackling the historic 26.2-mile course, including many of the sport’s elite marathoners and wheelchair racers. In addition to the highly anticipated race, Universal Sports will air a special preview show from the finish line on Boylston Street featuring analysis of the elite field and interviews with participants on Saturday, April 19, at 4 PM ET.

Records galore at Toronto Marathon

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Almost perfect weather conditions and perhaps the deepest world-class field ever assembled on Canadian soil led to a course and Canadian all-comers’ record in Sunday’s (20) Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race.

In the end it was pre-race favourite and 2012 World Half Marathon silver medallist Deressa Chimsa of Ethiopia who prevailed, crossing the line in 2:07:05 to beat the former record by 53 seconds.

The 26-year-old always looked fluid, even as the eight-man pack – which passed halfway in 1:03:15 – began to disintegrate. Under clear skies and with temperatures hovering around 10°C, there was early optimism for a fast time.