Marathons

Catalina Marathon Expects 1,000 Runners at 34th Edition

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The Catalina Marathon will celebrate its 34th edition on Saturday, March 12, 2011, beginning at 7:00am. The event has been rated the #1 Off-Road Marathon in the World. 1,000 athletes are expected to toe the line in Two Harbors to race through the island to Avalon for the finish festivities.

This year, both male and female winners of the Buffalo Run Half Marathon will be there to lead the Catalina Marathon at the start line. The run is comprised of 23 miles on dirt trails, which athletes often share with the Island's native buffalos. These trails are usually inaccessible to the general public, but runners are given the special treat of running this majestic course.

This race has also been called Runner's World's "Cult Marathon of the United States." Marathoners return year after year to brave the numerous hills and 1,600-foot elevation climb. The hard work is rewarded with amazing views and gorgeous wildlife.

This year's field includes athletes from 36 different states, and even a few international competitors, including 16 from Canada, Afghanistan, Brazil, Hong Kong, Norway and the United Kingdom.

Along with this weekend's full 26.2-mile race, the Catalina Marathon offers a 10K, 5K and 1-Mile Kids Run. The 10K, 5K and 1K Kids Run will take place in Avalon starting things off at 8:15am.

The Catalina Marathon is also the final leg of the American Trail Championship, a trail series that includes January's first Catalina run, the Buffalo Run Half Marathon and February's run, the Rose Bowl Half Marathon. The combined times of the Buffalo Run, Rose Bowl Half Marathon and Catalina Marathon will determine an American Trail champion.

Jack Caress, the owner of Pacific Sports LLC, says of the event, "The Catalina Marathon is the best trail marathon in the United States. We always enjoy bringing participants to the island from throughout the U.S. and many foreign countries in our fourteenth year of owning and producing this great marathon. It's a great tradition at one of the most amazing venues in the world."

For information, questions or to register for the Catalina Marathon, visit www.PacificSportsLLC.com or call (714) 978-1528.

Vegas Marathon to Start at Night

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Zappos.com  Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon becomes the World’s Largest Nighttime Running EventTM .More than 30,000 runners expected on Sunday, December 4, 2011.  Exclusive 48-hour registration promotion open at Stripatnight.com - LAS VEGAS – March 8, 2011 – The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, a musical format that revolutionized the running industry, has surged to the front of the pack once again by announcing the first ever nighttime start for the 2011 Zappos.com Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon to Benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

Marathon to offer results feeds for Facebook, Twitter and text-messaging

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First-ever program allows Honda LA Marathoners to broadcast their personal results - LOS ANGELES, March 7, 2011 – Marathoners are never alone, even in the middle of their 26.2-mile challenge. Family members, friends and co-workers are anxious to keep up with their progress and new technologies being offered at the Honda LA Marathon presented by K-Swiss on March 20 will allow runners to broadcast their results by text messages, via Twitter and on Facebook.

Wilson Kipsang wins 66th Lake Biwa marathon with the huge course record (image gallery follows)

Written by Ken Nakamura.

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Breaking away from Deriba Merga after 38Km, Wilson Kipsang won the 66th annual Lake Biwa marathon, the IAAF Gold Label race, with 2:06:13. Although, it was not a 2:05 marathon he had hoped for, it was the course record (previous record was 2:07:34) by more than minute and 20 seconds, and also the fastest marathon in the month of March (previous record was 2:06:49).

horvilson Three-Peats at Little Rock Marathon

Written by By: Marie Bruno.

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Chepsis men's champion; 11,000 participants at 9th edition - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - (March 6, 2011) - At the 9th Little Rock Marathon on Sunday morning, Mark Chepsis, 34, a Kenyan native who now lives in Toluca, Mexico, won the men's division in 2 hours, 24 minutes, 7 seconds, while Little Rock's own Leah Thorvilson three-peated in 2:45:51. Both took home $2000 each as race champions.