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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.

Loaded fields set for 2014 Chevron Houston Marathon

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Aramco Houston Half Marathon to host USA Half Marathon Championships - HOUSTON (January 9, 2014) - The 42nd edition of the Chevron Houston Marathon Race Weekend features stacked fields in both the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aramco Houston Half Marathon, which plays host to the USA Half Marathon Championships.

"Our Elite Athlete Committee has done its homework, as always, to produce a field that has the potential to rewrite our race record book," said Chevron Houston Marathon Race Director Brant Kotch. "A number of top finishers from last year's weather-challenged races will get another chance to show us their best, but they will have to prove their fitness against some talented newcomers. The four deep fields should be propelled to some great times on our new and even faster course. We're equally excited about the return of the USA Half Marathon Championships, where the American athletes have given us a big vote of confidence by turning out in numbers that far exceed our previous experience with the Championships from 2005 through 2011. Again, the key word is "deep" - sprint finishes could easily be the order of the day."

Meselech Melkamu and Meseret Hailu present a formidable duo at the head of impressive Dubai women’s field

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( photo: Meselech Melkamu winning her marathon debut in Frankfurt 2012) Two of Ethiopia’s leading marathon talents will be competing at the Standard Chartered DubaiMarathonon 24th January: Meselech Melkamu and Meseret Hailu head a strong women’s elite field. With nine runners owning personal bests of sub 2:24, this is among the best elite fields ever assembled in the history of the event, which has consistently made headlines for outstanding performances. On the superflat Dubaicourse the 2:20barrier and possibly the course record of 2:19:31are likely to be under attack from such a talented array of women. The Standard Chartered DubaiMarathonis an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

On occasion the women’s results in the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon have been overshadowed by express performances from the men. This is unlikely to be the case for the latest edition on 24th January. “Such is the quality of the field, there is every chance that the women’s results in this year’s Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon might just outshine those of the men,” said Event Director Peter Connerton, who also announced that the registration deadline of December 31 has been extended right up to the eve of the race itself.

John Hancock Announces USA Elite Team for 2014 Boston Marathon

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Exceptional U.S. squad includes experienced marathoners with Olympic and World Championship credentials - BOSTON (January 7, 2014) — John Hancock Financial announced the Elite USA Team for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014. The exceptional U.S. team, recruited to compete with a deep international field, includes Desiree Davila Linden, Shalane Flanagan, Amy Hastings, Serena Burla, Adriana Nelson, Dathan Ritzenhein, Meb Keflezighi, Brett Gotcher, Jason Hartmann, Nick Arciniaga and Jeffrey Eggleston.

Each member of the team has competed for the U.S. in Olympic or World Championships and brings strong credentials to compete in Boston.

Desiree Davila Linden returns to Boston ready to race and seek the title. In 2011, she narrowly missed winning by two seconds, as she set a 2:22:38 American course record. In 2012, Linden finished second at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials and most recently placed fifth at the 2013 Berlin Marathon.