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Keitany Wins Ottawa 10k in convincing comeback race

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As far as comebacks go Mary Keitany couldn’t have enjoyed a better return as she won the Lowertown Brewery Ottawa 10k, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race, in a course record of 31:22 on Saturday (25).

The 32-year-old Kenyan star gave birth to her daughter, Samantha, 13 months ago and chose the Canadian race to test herself against a strong field in her first race since the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Keitany seized control of the race by the halfway point reached in 15:47 and quickly put distance between her and the second place finisher Ruti Aga, of Ethiopia, who finished in 32:21 on a warm and muggy evening.

Kenya’s Caroline Kilel. the 2011 Boston Marathon winner, took third place in 32:31.

Ottawa is unique in that the elite ladies are given a head start of 4:10 and the first to cross the line, male or female, earns a $4,000 bonus to go with the $6,000 first place prize. Keitany was successful on both counts, and the course record earned her an additional $2,000.

Kenyan stars Mutai, Kiprop and Keitany head up Ottawa’s 10km and marathon

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Spectators lining the streets of Ottawa on Saturday night (24) will witness an epic race as two-time New York Marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai faces 2010 world half marathon champion Wilson Kiprop in the Lowertown Brewery Ottawa 10km, the first of the Canadian capital city’s two IAAF Silver Label Road Races.

The Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon is scheduled for the following morning (25).

Mutai and Kiprop have been pitted against one another several times over the years in Kenya with Kiprop winning all four of their duels, but they have never raced each other abroad, nor have they raced against one another on the roads.

The edge may once again go to Kiprop this time as Mutai ran the London Marathon last month, finishing a disappointed sixth in 2:08:18. Nevertheless, Mutai – a past winner of the Boston, Berlin and New York Marathons – relishes the challenge.

“After London, up until now, I am not too sure of my fitness as I have not yet trained fully,” said Mutai after stepping off a cross-Atlantic sleep-deprived flight from Nairobi via Amsterdam and Toronto.

American Women Look to Retake Podium at Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K

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It has been a decade since the last American woman (Marla Runyan) won this IAAF silver-labeled 5K crown in Albany, N.Y.  Van Alstine, Hogan, Lillenthal, Moody, Pezzullo and Rhines will take on the world’s best distance stars - ALBANY, NY— It has been a decade since the last American woman (Marla Runyan) won this IAAF silver-labeled 5K crown in Albany, N.Y.
 
Looking to break that lengthy drought at the 36th Freihofer’s Run for Women on Saturday, May 31 is a cadre of talented U.S. distance runners with a point to prove. These ladies will not only be battling their elite international counterparts for pride, but also for more than $28,500 in cash prizes, including $10,000 reserved for the first woman to cross the finish line at the Empire State Plaza.
 
With a 5K road PB of 15:30, Amy Van Alstine (Flagstaff, Ariz.), 24, is a definite contender who is peaking at just the right time.  The University of Richmond graduate, who trains with the newly created Northern Arizona Elite Club, won the 8K U.S. Cross-Country Championships in February in Boulder, Colo. (27:34) against a talented field that featured two-time world championships 1,500m medalist Jenny Simpson. The adidas-sponsored athlete also notched a second place finish at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational 5,000 (15:23) and was the second American at the recent Carlsbad 5000, an event recognized for fast times and world records.

Top U.S. Times Turned in at USATF High Performance Distance Classic

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Numerous personal bests and top American times were registered on a steamy Thursday evening at the USATF High Performance Distance Classic at Jack Kemp Stadium on the campus of Occidental College. Fans can watch live event replays available immediately on USATF.tv.

Dan Huling started the meet off with a bang, breaking the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase meet record in 8:17.00, turning in the fastest time for an American in the event this year. His time also set a Jack Kemp Stadium record as well, besting Don Cabral’s 8:19.14 from 2012.

Brenda Martinez, a member of the women’s 4x800-meter relay pool for the IAAF World Relays, had an impressive kick in her timed final to edge Maggie Vesseyin 1:59.91. Vessey crossed in 1:59.96. The second timed final was equally exciting, as Kate Grace, also on Team USA for Nassau, kicked from fourth to first in the final 100 meters to win the second section of the 800 in 2:01.57.

The men’s 800 was exciting as well, as Elijah Greerfrom Nike Oregon Track Club Elite, just a year removed from his NCAA title in the event, crossed in 1:45.86 to win his section and overall. The top seven times all came from the first timed section, asFelix Kitur finished second in 1:46.10 and Robby Andrews, who is competing at World Relays for the U.S., was third in 1:46.37.

End to Congressional Footdragging Nears ...Media Will Follow Closely

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Over 30 members of Congress will lead teams in the annual ACLI Capital Challenge®, a three-mile road race. They join participants from all branches of government and the media and have been cautioned to run sensibly to avoid increasing the national oxygen debt ceiling. The race takes place on Wednesday, May 21, at 8:00 a.m. in Washington, D.C.’s Anacostia Park.

In the race will be several congressional committee chairs, agency heads, Admirals, Generals, dozens of on-air correspondents, federal Judges, and print journalists.

The current defending champion and fastest female Senator, Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), will return, as will Senator Rob Portman (R-OH). The fastest man in Congress, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR), is back, and several female members of Congress will seek to dethrone the fastest female representative Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).