Marathons

Historic Boston Course Is Not World Record Eligible

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BOSTON, MA – In an effort to follow up immediately on the matter, the B.A.A. has now had the opportunity to review with the IAAF the performance of Geoffrey Mutai in the 2011 Boston Marathon, in which Mr. Mutai's time of 2:03:02 was the fastest ever recorded over the marathon distance. Mr. Mutai's performance is not eligible to be recognized as a world record under IAAF standards due to the point to point nature of the Boston course and the fact that there is a net loss in elevation over the Boston course that exceeds IAAF limits. IAAF standards in this regard were established in 1990.

Champions Keflezighi, Kiplagat, Gebremariam Announced on ING New York City Marathon 2011 Opening Day

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NEW YORK - (April 27, 2011) - On ING New York City Marathon Opening Day 2011, New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg announced the return of a trio of race champions on the broadcast of NYRR Live from Columbus Circle. Headlining the field on Sunday, November 6, will be 2010 winners Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia and Edna Kiplagat of Kenya and 2009 champion Meb Keflezighi of the United States.

ING New York City Marathon Opening Day Begins the Road to the Finish

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NEW YORK - New York Road Runners will host the Opening Day broadcast for the ING New York City Marathon 2011. The first professional athlete entrants for the ING New York City Marathon 2011 will also be announced at this time. The show will culminate in the drawing of the non-guaranteed entrants for the ING New York City Marathon 2011.

Olympic speed-skating gold medalist Apolo Anton Ohno is expected to make official announcement of his marathon debut. A news briefing with NYRR officials on marathon’s economic impact begins at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27. Live broadcast at noon Eastern time.

View the live event at http://nyrr.org

Al Roker, TV personality; Bruce Beck, veteran WNBC sportscaster; Cat Greenleaf, WNBC host; Ohno, eight-time Olympic medalist in short track speed skating; and top professional athletes, announcing participation in the ING New York City Marathon 2011, will be in attendance.

The Volkswagen Prague Marathon Announces Elite Field

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Prague, April 22, 2011: The organizing committee of the Prague International Marathon has released their list of confirmed elite athletes for the Volkswagen Prague Marathon on Sunday, May 8th. A quick overview:  

3 men with sub-2:08:00 PB's (12 sub-2:10:00). 3 women with sub-2:30:00 PB's (5 sub-2:35:00). 2 important men's debuts; Samuel Kiplimo Kosgei of Kenya who set a new 25 km world record last year in Berlin, and Sérgio Silva of Portugal, plus 1 important women's debut, Filomena Costa of Portugal. In the men's category, one of the expected favourites is Samuel Kiplimo Kosgei, whose PB running half marathon is 0:59:39. He also holds the 25 km race world record of 1:11:50.

Hartford Marathon Foundation Creates New Elite Inspiration Program

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GLASTONBURY, Conn. - (April 25, 2011) - In an effort to recognize the many amazing personal journeys that compel participants to run ING Hartford Marathon events, the Hartford Marathon Foundation is creating a new facet of its Elite runner program. This year, the Foundation is accepting nominations of the most inspiring personalities and personal stories - runners in the 5K, Half or Full Marathon will be selected from nominations and will receive special VIP treatment as part of the Elite Inspiration Team. Winners will be provided Elite level benefits including complimentary hotel stay, Pasta Supper and marathon apparel. Additionally, they will be profiled with their photos and stories on the ING Hartford Marathon website and will also be introduced on Saturday, October 15, 2011, at the start of the marathon and highlighted on Jumbo-Tron in front of thousands of runners and spectators.