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.

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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.

13.1® Marathon Series to Award Prize Money

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DALLAS - (April 19, 2011) - US Road Sports & Entertainment Group (USRS), owners and operators of the ING Miami Marathon, Publix Georgia Marathon, Chicago Half Marathon, New Jersey Marathon and the 13.1 Marathon® Series, has announced the awarding of prize money at the remaining stops of the 13.1 Marathon® Series in 2011 and the Los Angeles stop at the beginning of 2012.

Culminating with a purse of more than $29,000 at the 13.1® Miami Beach in 2012, USRS will award a total of $3500 per event to the top three runners at 13.1 events, as well as $29,200 in prize money for the Series championship to be held in Miami Beach on March 4, 2012.

Inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon Announced by runDisney

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - (April 19, 2011) - Building on the near-instant success of its Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort, runDisney is staging a second women-specific race - the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend - in early 2012 at Disneyland Resort, giving women and girls nationwide another opportunity to celebrate health, fitness and active lifestyles. After weeks of anticipation fueled by a series of clues from Disney, the Tinker Bell event was officially revealed Tuesday at a news conference at Disneyland Resort attended by celebrities and Anaheim city officials.

The Tinker Bell Half Marathon, hosted by the City of Anaheim and Disneyland Resort, will take runners on a 13.1-mile trek through the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks and pass by several City of Anaheim landmarks. The course will be filled with music, entertainment, Disney characters, runners in colorful Tinker Bell costumes and, of course, pixie dust, and will finish at Disneyland. Runners will receive a new Tinker Bell "wings'' medal.