Marathons

Elite Field Changes Announced for 2014 Boston Marathon

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There have been no changes to the women’s elite field - BOSTON, Mass. —  John Hancock Elite Athlete Team changes for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21, 2014 were announced this week by John Hancock Financial.

Additions to the elite men’s field include U.S. Olympians Ryan Hall and Abdi Abdirahman and Kenyan elite Mathew Bowen. Withdrawals to the elite men’s field include Kenyan elite Moses Mosop, U.S. Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein and Australian Olympian Jeffrey Hunt.

Former champion Ruto and last year’s runner-up Ayenew return

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Former champion Evans Ruto will return to the TUI MarathonHannoveron 27th April. The Kenyan won the race five years ago with a time of 2:10:47. One of his strongest rivals should be Ethiopia’s Mekuant Ayenew {photo left) who finished runner-up last year with a personal best of 2:10:05. Algeria’s Souad Ait Salemheads the women’s field with a personal best of 2:25:08. The TUI MarathonHannovercontinued its rise with two course records in 2013 and has now been upgraded to an IAAF Silver Label Road Race.

A year ago South Africa’s Lusapho April clocked 2:08:32while Ukraine’s Olena Burkovska crossed the line in 2:27:07in Hannover. These marks could be targeted on this very flat course in the heart of Germany. At today’s press conference in Hannoverorganisers released a first set of names for the elite fields. Among them is one former champion: Evans Ruto will have very good memories of the TUI Marathon Hannover. It was here, where his career got a significant boost in 2009: Ruto won his first marathon and broke 2:11. In the meantime the 30 year-old Kenyan improved by another three minutes. He ran 2:07:49in Kosicein 2012. Ruto already won a marathon early this year, when he took the Mumbai race in January with 2:09:33.

BAZU WORKU CONTINUES HIS WINNING WAYS AT LAKE BIWA

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Ethiopia’s Bazu Worku broke away from Kenya’s defending champion Vincent Kipruto with less than two kilometres to go to win the 69th edition of Lake Biwa Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, in 2:09:10 on Sunday (2).

It was Worku’s fourth marathon win in five outings since the start of last year, having also won in Houston both in 2013 and in January this year, as well as the 2013 Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, USA, and he also finished second in the Marathon Eindhoven in October.

No less than 62 runners were in the lead pack at 5km, reached in 15:10, and this big group was down to 40 men by 10km, passed in 30:07.

FLAHERTY AND KADAVY VICTORIOUS AT KAISER PERMANENTE NAPA VALLEY MARATHON

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NAPA, Calif. — March 2, 2014 — Matt Flaherty of Bloomington, Ind. and Jenny Kadavy of Concord, Calif. garnered big wins in competitive fields at today’s 36th Annual Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon. Flaherty, 28, an accomplished runner who was crowned the 2013 U.S. 50 Mile Road Champion, improved upon his fourth place finish at last year’s Napa Valley Marathon (NVM) while recording a winning time of 2 hours, 26 minutes and 15 seconds. Kadavy notched the women’s victory in 2:40:47 on a day that presented near-ideal weather conditions for distance running: overcast, little wind, with temperatures hovering around 48 degrees at the start. Light showers sprinkled the later finishers, but didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of about 2,700 marathon entrants.

 In the men’s race Flaherty was content to pace himself behind two-time NVM champion Chris Mocko (San Francisco, Calif.) and Ryan Donovan (Fort Collins, Colo.) in the early stages of the race, a strategy that eventually paid off for him on the scenic, gently rolling, point-to-point course from Calistoga to Napa. Co-leaders Mocko and Donovan ran together for 10 miles at which point Mocko assumed the lead. At the halfway point (13.1 miles) Mocko had a 30 second gap over Donovan and 44 seconds over Flaherty, and appeared to be in control.

Haile Gebrselassie to run as pacemaker in 2014 London Marathon

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Haile Gebrselassie, the man regarded by many as the greatest distance runner of all time, will be the main pacemaker for the men’s race at the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 13 April, race organisers announced on Monday (17).

The IAAF Gold Label Road Race will take place just five days short of Gebrselassie’s 41st birthday.

Gebrselassie won two Olympic Games and four IAAF World Championship gold medals over 10,000m, and twice broke the marathon world record, will pace the leading men to 30km at world record speed.