Vienna City Marathon on 10th April: Levy Omari heads elite field

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Levy Omari intends to return to winning ways in Vienna - Levy Omari has chosen Vienna as his next destination for a marathon. The Kenyan finally aims to return to winning ways in the Austrian capital on 10th April since his last marathon victory dates back to 2011. In the meantime the 26 year-old has improved his personal best to a world class 2:05:16. With this time he is the fastest in the elite field of this IAAF Gold Label Road Race and indeed one of the fastest ever entered in the history of the Vienna City Marathon. Adding other running events staged parallel to the marathon organisers of Austria’s biggest annual sporting event expect more than 40,000 entries for the 33rd edition of the race.

Levy Omari, also known as Levy Matebo, has achieved a string of fine performances in the past five years. However his last marathon victory dates back to 2011, when he took the Barcelona Marathon with 2:07:31. It was later in that year when he ran the best race of his career so far. In Frankfurt he was second with 2:05:16 in October, beaten only by Kenya’s superstar Wilson Kipsang. Omari went on to produce a thrilling race in the Boston Marathon as well. In 2012 he took the lead and looked like he would win the race.

2016 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run Offers $10,000 Bonus for Setting American Record

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WASHINGTON, DC Looking ahead to the 44th running of the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Washington, DC, event organizers are offering a $10,000 American record bonus for the first American man or woman to break Greg Meyer's American record of 46:13, set here in 1983, and Janet Bawcom's single-sex American record of 52:12, set here in 2014.

The $10,000 bonus will be split if two new American records are set at the 2016 Runners Rite of Spring. As in years past, there will be an advance start for the elite women, providing them an opportunity to compete for records that will be recognized as coming from a women's-only race.

Limo leads home a record six women under 67 minutes at the RAK Half Marathon

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Cynthia Limo moved up to third on the world all-time list for the half marathon when she won the RAK Half Marathon in 1:06:04 in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah on Friday (12).

The 26-year-old Kenyan was in the leading pack throughout the race and had intermediate 5km splits of 15:49, 31:32, 47:21 and 1:02:48.

With seven runners in contention through 10km and then 15km, the increase in pace over the next five kilometres had the effect of winnowing out the pack at the front.

By 20km, there was just Limo and 2014 world half marathon champion Gladys Cherono in contention but the winner broke away from her compatriot and rival over the last 800 metres, with Cherono finishing second just three seconds in arrears in 1:06:07.

2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Preview: Deep with Veterans but Rich With New Talent, by Mark Winitz

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Shalane Flanagan vs Desi Linden, photo by, Deena Kastor has withdrawn on February 10, 2016Nearly four hundred athletes will be running the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials next Saturday, February 13, in Los Angeles. We asked long time journalist and writer for Cal Track, American Track & Field and RunBlogRun Mark Winitz to pen his thoughts on the upcoming trials.

Tell us what you think of Mark's notions on the Trials. But most of all, enjoy them!

2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Preview:

Deep with Veterans but Rich with New Talent

By Mark Winitz

• The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon will be the second time that both the men's and women's Marathon Trials will take place on the same day, at the same site. On Saturday, February 13th in Los Angeles, the men will start at 10:06 a.m. Pacific time and the women will start 16 minutes later.

• NBC will broadcast unprecedented live coverage of the event, on television and online, on Saturday, February 13th, 2016 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time.

Perhaps, in no other Olympic running event are the variables so abundant than in the marathon. After all, in a 26.2-mile race encompassing more than two hours a lot of unexpected surprises can occur. Before the 2008 Marathon Trials I wrote: That's the beauty and the irony of the marathon. In many respects, competing over 26.2 miles is a roll of the dice.

Tears of Joy from Last-Minute Olympic Trials Qualifiers at the Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & Half Marathon

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PHOENIX – January 17, 2016 – It's been quite a weekend in the state of Arizona. On Saturday evening, the Cardinals defeated the Green Bay Packers in overtime to advance to the NFC Championships, and on Sunday, more than 20,000 runners turned out for the Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon in Tempe, Scottsdale, and Phoenix. One of those runners, Noah Droddy of Indianapolis, Indiana found yet another reason to celebrate the weekend: He qualified there for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials next month in Los Angeles, clocking one hour, four minutes, and 18 seconds in the half marathon. "I worked really hard for this," Droddy said. "I went from 1:08 to 1:04 in a year. It's good. It's the last day to qualify, and I've always been known as a procrastinator." An emotional Droddy said he's now going to gear up for the big race in L.A. next month. "The next 30 days are all cake, baby," he said. "I've never run a marathon before, so we will give it a go."

Scott Bauhs won the men's half marathon race and set a course record with a blazing 1:02:23 finish. "You can't ask for better weather," Bauhs recalled. The 29-year-old champion put in his finishing kick after the 10-mile mark. "I was really getting antsy at the point," he said. "It opened up at the downhill and I felt in control the whole way. I'm happy to be this fit." Second and third place went to Ben Bruce (1:02:28) and Karim El Mabchour (1:02:33) respectively.