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Seattle Puts on a Show at 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

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Washington State Cougars Drew Polley, Jonathan Lafler win marathon and half-marathon; Colorado’s Nuta Olaru and California’s Devon Yanko place first in women’s events; Olympian Apolo Ohno completes half-marathon - SEATTLE (June 21, 2014) - With a double bill of Sir-Mix-A-Lot and The Presidents of United States of America at Seattle Center’s Fisher Green, a venue packed with thousands of runners got double the fun on the first day of summer at the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & ½ Marathon on Saturday.

Riding a recent wave of viral video publicity from his performance with the Seattle Symphony and a mash-up featuring NBC news anchor Brian Williams, Seattle native Sir-Mix-A-Lot performed a “marathon” rendition of his hit song Baby Got Back with dozens of race participants on stage. The emcee, whose real name is Anthony Ray, was preceded by fellow Seattleites The Presidents of the USA who performed their sing-along songs Lump and Peaches for the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd under the shadow of the city’s iconic Space Needle.

The 6th edition of Seattle’s marquee running event did not disappoint, attracting America’s most decorated winter Olympian Apolo Ohno for his first race of any kind in the Emerald City. Ohno ran a personal best time of 1 hour, 36 minutes and 49 seconds as he trains to compete at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

Kenya’s Ondoro Breaks Grandma’s Marathon Course Record

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New record breaks the previous mark of 2:09:37 set in 1981 by Minnesota’s Dick Beardsley by six seconds - DULUTH, Minn. (June 21, 2014) - Kenya’s Dominic Ondoro made history today while winning the 38th running of Grandma’s Marathon.

The 26-year-old ran the fastest time ever run on the Grandma’s Marathon course – 2 hours, 9 minutes and 6 seconds, breaking the previous mark of 2:09:37 set in 1981 by Minnesota’s Dick Beardsley.

Ondoro (right, photo by Marlin Levison, Star Tribune), making his Grandma’s Marathon debut, claimed the $10,000 winner’s check plus a $5,000 bonus for running sub-2:10:00. He also receives a new 2014 Toyota, courtesy of one of the events two presenting sponsors.

Betram Keter placed second in 2:11:58 ($7,500), while Chris Kipyego – the 2011 men’s champion – finished third ($5,000) and also won the masters division ($2,500). Both are from Kenya.

Colorado Runners on Top at Mt. Washington Road Race

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Two runners from Colorado Springs, Colorado, broke through in a major way on Saturday - PINKHAM NOTCH, NH (June 21, 2014) – Veteran mountain runner Joseph Gray had tried and come so close each of the last three years.

Shannon Payne, a newcomer to running the hills, was giving the Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race her first shot.

The two runners from Colorado Springs, Colorado, broke through in a major way on Saturday and won the men’s and women’s titles at the 54th running of this grueling all-uphill race in impressive fashion on a decent, but windy and chilly, day for racing.

Temperatures were in the high 40s at the base at the 9 a.m. starting time, and at the summit it was in the mid-30s, with winds gusting from 20 to 35 miles per hour.

Gray, 30, looked strong from the start and pulled away from defending champion and three-time winnerEric Blake of West Hartford, Connecticut, just past the halfway mark of the 7.6-mile trek up the Mt. Washington Auto Road to the highest peak in the Northeast. 

Gray finished in a time of 59 minutes and nine seconds. Blake, 35, the cross country and track and field coach at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, finished in 1:00:01, four seconds slower than his winning time last year. 

Strong Fields Set for Mt. Washington Road Race

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 (photo left: Joe Gray ) Past two years’ male winners Blake and Canaday take on Joe Gray (again); Belotti challenges Erholtz in women’s field; Haefeli, Arritola withdraw - PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. – The Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race has seen a couple of race-to-the-wire  finishes in recent years, but more often the eventual winner has broken away from the field somewhere on the windswept upper slopes of the highest peak in the northeastern United States and finished all alone in front.  Saturday’s 54th edition of this all-uphill footrace could well be the scene for close finishes, as three well-matched men battle each other for the third time in as many years and a two-time women’s Mt. Washington champion faces a challenge from a former world mountain running champion.

In the men’s race, defending champion Eric Blake of West Hartford, Connecticut, and 2012 winner Sage Canaday of Boulder, Colorado, will have to match their best-ever Mt. Washington performances if they expect to hold off Joe Gray of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Gray, who finished second here in both 2012 and 2013, was the top American male last fall at the World Mountain Championships in Poland and placed fourth in the USATF cross-country national championships in February.

Molly Huddle Reclaims New York Mini Title for USA

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Huddle, 29, became the first American champion of the Mini since the 2004 event was won by Deena Kastor, now 41, who won the Masters (40+) title - NEW YORK (June 14, 2014) - Blue skies, a star-studded field, and the empowering spirit of the world’s original all-women’s road race gave Molly Huddle all the motivation she needed to set a new American all-women’s 10K road record at the Oakley New York Mini 10K  in Central Park.

Huddle, 29, a 2012 U.S. Olympian who holds the national record at 5000 meters, became the first American champion of the Mini since the 2004 event was won by Deena Kastor, now 41, who won the Masters (40+) title in today’s race.

In the early miles, Huddle, who finished third in this year’s NYC Half and holds the world road record for 12K, ran in a pack with last year’s top three finishers: Mamitu Daska (Ethiopia), Linet Masai (Kenya), and Gemma Steel (Great Britain). They ran the first mile in 5:03, then went through the challenging Harlem Hills as the field strung out behind them. Daska and Huddle, running side by side, pressed the pace down the East Drive and made it a two-woman race by the four-mile mark. With about 1000 meters to go, Huddle made a move that Daska could not match.