Marathons

Participant Cap Increased for 40th Anniversary of Chevron Houston Marathon

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HOUSTON (Apr. 5, 2011) - The Houston Marathon Committee has increased its participant cap to 24,000 for the 40th anniversary of the Chevron Houston Marathon on January 15, 2012. The Committee will also offer early registration for a limited number of runners who meet time qualification standards to receive a guaranteed race entry.

Strong Kenyans Will Chase Course Record and Give Haile a Run in Vienna

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A group of strong Kenyans have been signed for the 28th edition of the Vienna City Marathon on 17th April. Among them is the former IAAF World Half Marathon Champion Paul Kirui. While the Kenyans are expected to target the 2:07:38 course record they will additionally give Haile Gebrselassie quite a run through the Austrian capital. Ethiopia’s superstar will be competing in the half marathon and run a unique chase race. The elite marathon runners will get a head start and it will be Haile’s aim to catch them before he finishes his half marathon. The time difference at the start has yet to be determined. More than 30,000 runners have already entered the various events of the Vienna City Marathon. Online entry is still available at: www.vienna-marathon.com  

Registration for the 2011 Philadelphia Marathon, Half Marathon and Rothman Institute 8K Opens Today

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PHILADELPHIA (March 31, 2011) – Registration will open on April 1 for the 2011 Philadelphia Marathon, Half Marathon and Rothman Institute 8K, putting into motion plans to host 25,000 competitors and 60,000 spectators on race weekend, November 18-20, in Philadelphia. Runners can register for the three races, as well as the annual Kids Fun Run, online at www.philadelphiamarathon.com.

"We expect to jump out to a running start in anticipation of the highest registration capacity in event history," said Melanie Johnson, executive director of Philadelphia Marathon. "We're very excited about the planning for the 2011 edition of this popular race. Each year, we add more elements to enhance the experience for our participants as well as our spectators, and this year is going to be even better."

Wanjiru Out of London Marathon

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Sammy Wanjiru has been forced to pull out of next month's London Marathon with a knee injury but race director David Bedford was delighted to hear at the same time that the 3 times London Champion Martin Lel was fit and wanted to be added to the London field. Lel has previously won London in 2005, 2007 and 2008.

After dropping out of last year's race, Wanjiru was hoping to make amends on Sunday 17th April by regaining the title he won in 2009. But the Kenyan hasn't raced since he won the Chicago marathon last October and has been forced to accept he's lost the battle to gain fitness in time for the 2011 London race.

Air Force Marathon: Register Early and Be Entered to Win Prize

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Dayton, Ohio – Anyone registering for the Air Force Marathon before April 30 will be automatically entered to win an All Access Prize Package.

"We did this contest last year in July and it was a huge hit, but this year the races are filling up so fast that we didn't dare wait until then," said Molly Louden, Air Force Marathon Director.

Currently, the half and full marathons are at 50 percent of capacity. "We are well ahead of last year's pace and we sold out a month early then. We are advising everyone to register now rather than miss out," Ms. Louden said.