Keflezighi, Simpson Named 2014 USATF Jesse Owens and Jackie Joyner-Kersee Athletes of the Year

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INDIANAPOLIS – Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi and USATF Outdoor champion and Diamond League winner Jenny Simpson have been named the 2014 USATF Jesse Owens and Jackie Joyner-Kersee Athletes of the Year, respectively.

Keflezighi (San Diego, California) and Simpson (Boulder, Colorado) will be honored on Thursday, December 4, at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Anaheim, California. The event is held in conjunction with USATF’s Annual Meeting. Tickets for the event are available at the Hilton Anaheim beginning on Monday, December 1 until the ceremony is sold out.

Keflezighi inspired the nation in April, capturing victory at the 2014 Boston Marathon just a year after the tragedy on Boylston Street. Keflezighi defeated the fastest men’s field in Boston Marathon history to become the first American man in 31 years to win Boston and the oldest man to win Boston since 1931.

Huddle Repeats, Shrader Upsets at .US National 12K

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Arizona standout Shrader win men's title, Huddle defends in women's race at .US National 12K Championships in Arlington - INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 16, 2014) – A furious early pace by Olympian Molly Huddle split the pack early, while a tenacious finish by Brian Shrader put a gap on the field late, but the end result was the same, as both took home top prize Sunday morning at the .US National 12K in Alexandria, Virginia.

An opening first mile in 5:09 gave Huddle a clear edge early, as the U.S. 5,000m record holder on the track showed her speed from a long racing season was still sharp. From the gun, Huddle strung out the pack and by the first mile the lead group was a mere seven athletes.

By the time Huddle hit the second mile split, the pack found itself a group of five, as Providence College standout Emily Sisson, Olympian Kim Conley, Sara Hall and Emily Infeld stayed with the pace. Mile by mile Huddle continued to run even splits and by the half way turnaround, she cleared the field and put over ten seconds on then second place runner Hall.

Atlanta Track Club & Mizuno USA sign historic "integrated marketing " agreement: What it means to the sport

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In an announcement with far-reaching consequences, the Atlanta Track Club and Mizuno, one of the largest sports product manufacturers in the world, have reached a long term agreement for Mizuno to sponsor all facets of the Atlanta Track Club, its events and its merchandise. These programs include daily fitness programs, an elite development program through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as well as the official apparel and footwear designation for the iconic AJC Peachtree Road Race. The term, "fully-integrated" does apply to this announcement. 

For Bob Puccini, long term president of Mizuno USA and a veteran of the sports marketing wars, this is a new approach in North America. Mizuno USA, with the Atlanta Track Club, will develop a long term fitness program affecting runners and walkers in the Atlanta area. Mizuno will become the official apparel and footwear sponsor for the crown jewel in the Atlanta Track Club's properties: the AJC Peachtree Road Race, with over 60,000 runners, it is a moving, breathing icon of the sport of running.

Tampa and Denver Runners Get First Taste of Victory at Fifth Annual Disney Wine & Dine Half

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Sorrick wins in his first-ever half marathon; Denver’s Jenn Berry is top woman finisher among sold out field of more than 18,000 runners - LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (November 9, 2014) – In his first attempt at running a half marathon, Chris Sorrick of Tampa raced away with the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon on Saturday night at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando,

With a winning time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 39 seconds, Sorrick, 21, finished more than a minute ahead of second-place finisher Cliff Gerber of East Brunswick, NJ (1:18:55) and nearly two minutes in front of third-place finisher Jerry Lawson of Jacksonville, Fl.. The only challenge Sorrick faced was a steady rain that made the 13.1-mile course a little slick.

“It was pretty slippery in some areas so you had to be really careful,’’ Sorrick. “But I just kept going and going.’’

Hannah, Goose Win Mayor's Cup Titles, as B.A.A. Sweeps Team Competition

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British man, Canadian woman take titles, Boston Athletic Association claimed Men's and Women's Championship team titles - BOSTON (Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014) -- Exciting races played out at the 24th Mayor's Cup, presented by the B.A.A. and adidas, at Franklin Park on Sunday, with athletes competing in races at the youth, open, and masters levels. The Boston Athletic Association claimed Men's and Women's Championship team titles, while also taking home top honors in the Franklin Park 5K.

In the women's 5K Championship race, Canada's Rachel Hannah made a decisive move in the second mile, breaking the race open. Injecting a hard surge on Bearcage Hill, Hannah separated from a group that included the B.A.A.'s Juliet Bottorff, Jen Rhines, Sarah Pagano, and Elaina Balouris, as well as last year's NCAA Cross Country Champion Abbey D'Agostino.

Passing two miles in 10:40, Hannah extended her lead through the wilderness loop before prevailing with a kilometer to go. From there, the Toronto TC member cruised on to the win, stopping the clock at 16 minutes, 37 seconds.