Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon Set to Make History

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Innovative Partnerships, Charitable Efforts and Sponsorship Activations set the stage for most Engaging Race Weekend To-Date - LOS ANGELES (March 13, 2017) – With less than one week until the 2017 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, race organizer Conqur Endurance Group is proud to announce a variety of dynamic race weekend programming to engage runners from around the world as they take on 26.2 miles in the world-famous city of Los Angeles. 

Vienna City Marathon on 23rd April: Defending champion Shuko Genemo returns

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Defending champion Shuko Genemo will return to the Vienna City Marathon. The Ethiopian youngster caused a surprise when she took Austria’s most prestigious road running event with a personal best of 2:24:31 despite very strong winds in 2016. While the weather was the most difficult opponent for Genemo a year ago this time it may well be a compatriot: Meseret Mengistu is among the female athletes announced by the organisers today. The experienced Ethiopian marathon runner features a personal record of 2:23:26. The 34th Vienna City Marathon, which is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, will take place on 23rd April. Including road races at other distances more than 39,000 runners have entered the event so far. Online registration and information is still available at:

HAJ Hannover Marathon on 9th April: Kenyans challenge April and Gabius

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(photo:HAJ Hannover Marathon / Norbert Wilhelmi) Course record holder and defending champion Lusapho April of South Africa will duel with German record holder Arne Gabius in the HAJ Hannover Marathon on 9th April. However there are three Kenyans in the race with superior personal bests who could upset the two prominent runners. The women’s race will have a German favourite: Former Ethiopian Fate Tola targets Hannover’s course record of 2:27:07. The HAJ Hannover Marathon is an IAAF Silver Label Road Race. Entry for the event is still possible at:


Written by Mark Winitz.

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NAPA, Calif. — March 5, 2017 — On a cool morning punctuated by sun, intermittent rain, and brief hail, a marathon newcomer and a veteran emerged as victors at today’s 39th Annual Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon. In only his second marathon, Benjamin Heck, age 24, of San Carlos, Calif. secured the men’s overall victory while Erica Weitz, 28, of Orlando, Fla. claimed the women’s title. After negotiating the length of the scenic Napa Valley through vineyards in the heart of California’s renowned wine-growing region, Heck crossed the finish line at Napa High School in two hours, 29 minutes, and 11 seconds. Weitz claimed her win in 2:48:48.

Chebii outkicks Kipruto to Lake Biwa Marathon title

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Sprinting away from 2013 winner Vincent Kipruto with 300 metres to go, Ezekiel Chebii of Kenya won the 72nd Lake Biwa Marathon in Otsu, Japan, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (5).