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A Run to Ring in 2016

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Runners got an early start on their new year’s resolutions at the NYRR Midnight Run, setting off for four miles in Central Park at the stroke of midnight. The night's festivities began with dancing, face painting, and plenty of photo opportunities, as well as a resolution wall where runners put their goals for the new year in writing.

As the clock struck 12:00, a spectacular fireworks show signaled the start of the race, closing 2015 and opening 2016 with a bang.

At the front of the pack, a group of Boston-based runners swept the top two places for both men and women. The Boston Athletic Association’s Daniel Winn, true to his name, took first overall in 18:34, followed by Louis Serafini in 18:40. Winn’s teammates Sarah Pagano and Katie Matthews led the women’s field in 21:13 and 21:16, respectively.

20,000 runners set to race the Big Apple

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Some 20,000 runners are set to contest the United Airlines NYC Half next March while 1000 students will be able to savour the atmosphere by taking part in the NYRR Times Square Kids’ Run - The 2016 United Airlines NYC Half set for 20 March will feature 20,000 runners in the 13.1-mile race and 1,000 students in the second annual NYRR Times Square Kids’ Run at the United Airlines NYC Half. The runner field was selected in an entry drawing held on 10 December, while the professional field which could include reigning champions Leonard Korir and Molly Huddle will be announced in early 2016.

“One of the world’s most iconic half-marathons returns to the streets of New York City as runners head from Harlem to Battery Park in the 2016 United Airlines NYC Half,” said Peter Ciaccia, president of events for NYRR and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon.

“This race has it all, from a global array of 20,000 runners including a professional field featuring many who will be competing in Rio at the 2016 Summer Olympics, to 1,000 kids running through Times Square, to a live television broadcast. The 11th running of the United Airlines NYC Half is poised to be the best ever.”

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Adds Third Mexico Destination

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Querétaro Marathon & 1/2 Marathon to take place Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016: Race becomes first marathon distance for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series in Mexico - QUERETARO, Mexico – Dec. 10, 2015 – The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is rolling into another Mexican destination with the addition of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Querétaro Marathon & 1/2 Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. This will be the first marathon distance for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series in Mexico.

“We’ve seen a lot of success with our inaugural events in Mexico City and Merida this year, and knew it was the right opportunity to expand into another city in Mexico,” said Shauna Buffington, vice president of global marketing, Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “Querétaro is a charming city that is rich in history and culture, and will be a great destination for runners to experience on foot. Our continued partnership with Asdeporte, a world-class event operator, will allow us to operate another seamless event in Mexico that showcases all that Querétaro has to offer.”

Rupp to contest first half marathon since 2011

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Olympic 10,000m silver medallist Galen Rupp will be racing for the first time since the summer at the Foot Traffic Half Marathon in his training base of Portland, Oregon on Sunday

Olympic 10,000m silver medallist Galen Rupp will contest his first half marathon in nearly five years on Sunday (13) at the Foot Traffic Half Marathon in Portland, Oregon.

Braun, Goucher Dominate the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Half Marathon

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Mark Greene and Stephanie Wurtz place first in the men’s and women’s marathon - SAN ANTONIO, Texas (December 6, 2015) – Nearly everything is big in Texas and so it comes as no surprise that the victories in the men’s and women’s Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon on Sunday were super-sized versions.

Kara Goucher, the American Olympian dominated the women’s half marathon race, clocking one hour, 11 minutes, and 10 seconds for the 13.1 miles.

“I wanted to either win or run under 71 minutes,” the 37-year-old Goucher recalled afterwards. “As the race was unfolding, the women were using it as a workout, and so I was just by myself. I’m not comfortable leading and so this race was a good exercise for me. I had never been that far ahead since college, so it was a learning experience for me.”

Goucher is one of the most popular female American distance runners and her fame was evident on the course as many spectators held up “Go Kara!” signs. Goucher says she really appreciated that support.