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John Kiprotich and Fate Tola surprise winners in Vienna while Haile Gebrselassie cruises to half marathon time of 60:18

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John Kiprotich (Kenya) and Fate Tola (Ethiopia) were the unexpected winners of the 28th Vienna City Marathon. 22 year-old John Kiprotich improved his personal best by more than seven minutes and clocked 2:08:29in fine weather conditions. Patrick Ivuti took second with 2:08:41and Evans Kiplagat was third in 2:09:22. In fourth place Isaac Macharia (Kenya) also broke 2:10with 2:09:43. While Kenyans took the first eight places there was an Ethiopian winner in the women’s race. 23 year-old Fate Tola drew away from Ana Dulce Felix in the closing stages of a thrilling race. She clocked a personal best of 2:26:21while the Portugese finished with 2:26:30. Peninah Arusei (Kenya), who had long been in the lead, was third with 2:27:17. For the first time in the history of the Vienna City Marathon five women clocked sub 2:30times. Genet Getaneh (Ethiopia/2:28:08) was fourth and Elza Kireyeva (Russia/2:29:41) took fifth place.

Live Weekend Marathon Coverage for London, Vienna and Boston

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A big weekend of marathon of racing is coming up with three big marathons Virgin London, Vienne City Marathon followed Monday with the Boston Marathon. RN will have live coverage for London and Boston provided by RunBlogRun. Below you'll find links for live video coverage for each event.


Haile Gebrselassie: A special birthday party in Vienna

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On Monday, a day after the Vienna City Marathon where he will compete in a unique half marathon, Haile Gebrselassie will turn 38. The race was created especially for Haile and has the motto: ,Catch me, if you can’. While Gebrselassie will run the half marathon, which is staged parallel to the marathon in Vienna, he will at the same time chase the elite marathon runners, who will get a head start of two minutes. When the marathon world record holder was told about the idea in autumn 2010 he instantly liked the unusual format. “It is a very good idea and something different,” said Haile Gebrselassie after his arrival in Viennaon Friday morning.

Vienna boosts best ever men’s field: Kirui goes for Kirui’s course record, strong Europeans with Baranovsky and Felix

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Organisers of the Vienna City Marathon tend to look a bit towards Icelandin these days. But since there are now signs of a new volcano eruption there is some relief. “This year all the elite athletes are either already here or on their way and we expect everyone to be fit for the race,” said Wolfgang Konrad, the Race Director of Austria’s biggest and best quality road race. In 2010 the Vienna City Marathon had suffered from the no fly zone over Europeand one of those who did not make it to the Austrian capital was Eliud Kiptanui. The Kenyan then went on to smash the course record in Praguewith 2:05:39.

U.S. Marathoners Line Up for Boston and London

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INDIANAPOLIS – As several of the top U.S. marathoners are putting the finishing touches on their preparations for the spring marathon season, one of the most anticipated races will be the 115th running of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon on Monday April 18.

The prime U.S. contenders in 2011 are Ryan Hall (Big Bear Lake, Calif.), who will compete in his first marathon since leaving his training group and becoming his own coach; and Kara Goucher (Portland, Ore.), who will run her first marathon since giving birth last fall. Hall finished third in Boston in 2009, running 2:09:40 and fourth last year in 2:08:41, while Goucher took third in 2009, running 2:32:25.

In addition to Goucher, the women’s field will see U.S. standouts Desiree Davila (Rochester Hills, Mich.), who ran 2:26:20 at last fall’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon, making her the top-ranked U.S. woman in 2010; and 2008 Olympic marathoner Blake Russell (Pacific Grove, Calif.).