Landry, Welling Charge to Victory at the USATF Half Marathon Championships

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COLUMBUS -- Christo Landry and Tara Welling each used late race surges to break the field and run to victory Saturday morning at the USATF Half Marathon Championships in Columbus, Ohio, hosted by the Capital City Half Marathon.

The USATF Half Marathon Championships are the fourth stop on the 2016 USATF Running Circuit. Next up on the circuit, the USATF 1 Mile Road Championships take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 12

As the men’s race got underway, Olympian Abdi Abdirahman and HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite’s Scott Fauble jumped to the lead, as a large lead pack formed behind them.

Abdirahman, Fauble and Landry led for much of miles two through ten, along with Scott MacPherson and Scott Bauhs. The pack ran consistently between 4:44-4:50 per mile, as the runners sized each other up, knowing a move would come over the final 5 km of the race.

Limo and Langat Top Seeds at 40th Lilac Bloomsday Run Women’s Sprint Finish and New Men’s Champion Expected

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Spokane, Washington—A sprint finish is what spectators hope for and race directors dream about, and this year’s women’s field for the 40th edition of the Lilac Bloomsday Run is looking like that’s exactly what might happen. Returning women’s champion Cynthia Limo, described by elite athlete coordinator Jon Neill as “the most dominant female distance runner in the world right now,” is back to defend her title from 2015. Limo is coming off a 2nd place finish at the 2016 IAAF Half Marathon Championships, where she ran 1:06:04–the 2nd fastest half marathon in the world this year and the 4th fastest in history.

Limo will be challenged over the 12-kilometer course by training partner Monicah Ngige, who is clearly in top shape, having just finished 10th at the Kenyan Cross Country Nationals and 5th at the World’s Best 10K in Puerto Rico (31:58), and Risa Takenaka, the first Japanese runner to race Bloomsday in 14 years. Americans Mattie Suver and Blake Russell will be the leaders in the battle for the American prize money.

Three Women’s World Championship Medalists to Chase World’s Largest 10K Prize

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Kenyans Edna Kiplagat, Mary Wacera and Cynthia Limo to put star power in women’s lineup - New York, April 26, 2016—A trio of IAAF World Championship medalists will headline the women’s professional athlete field at the 2016 UAE Healthy Kidney 10K in Central Park on Saturday, May 14, it was announced today by Peter Ciaccia, president of events for New York Road Runners and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon.

Two-time IAAF World Championships Marathon gold medalist Edna Kiplagat, two-time IAAF World Half-Marathon medalist Mary Wacera and reigning IAAF World Half Marathon Championships silver medalist Cynthia Limo will race alongside the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon’s top American female finisher, Laura Thweatt, in a chase for the $25,000 first-place prize – tied for the largest of any 10K race in the world and the largest of any non-marathon race in the U.S. 

Chris O'Hare and Brook Handler take 2016 B.A.A. Miles, Men's story by James O'Brien and Women's by Barbara Heubner

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The B.A.A. Miles and 1000s have become quite popular on the Saturday before the Boston marathon. On a wonderfully windy and sunny day, the ten thousand finishers of the 5k finished, and the miles and thousand meters began.

Here are the stories on the Men's and Women's BAA Miles, written by James O'Brien and Barbara Heubner.

Defending Champions, International Medalists Return for B.A.A. 5K and B.A.A. Invitational Mile

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National record holders Molly Huddle and Ben True seek to retain B.A.A. 5K titles, while Dawit Seyaum and Chris O’Hare lead B.A.A. Invitational Mile fields - BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced an elite field of world class competitors for the 2016 B.A.A. 5K and B.A.A. Invitational Mile, to be held on Saturday, April 16, two days prior to the 2016 Boston Marathon. Rhode Island’s Molly Huddle and New Hampshire’s Ben True will return to Boston aiming to defend their B.A.A. 5K titles, which they earned in national record time last year.

Following the B.A.A. 5K, Ethiopia’s Dawit Seyaum and Great Britain’s Chris O’Hare will lead world-class fields at the eighth annual B.A.A. Invitational Mile. The B.A.A. Invitational Mile will also include Middle School 1,000 meter races and Scholastic Mile races featuring youths from the eight cities and towns of the Boston Marathon course.   

A $39,900 (USD) prize purse will be distributed to the top finishers of the B.A.A. 5K, while a $14,500 (USD) prize purse will be available in the B.A.A. Invitational Mile.