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Jared Ward Wins Alaska Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon in Olympic Tune-Up

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Samuel Golitom Hadgu and Sophia Liu place first in the men’s and women’s marathon; Kara Ford wins the women’s half marathon - SEATTLE – June 18, 2016 - Since its founding, Seattle has been given many nicknames, but the one that really resonated with runners at Saturday’sAlaska Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & 1/2 Marathon was Emerald City. With ideal temperatures in the 60s and cloudy skies, Washington’s most-populous region showed off its beautiful early-summer green hues for thousands of participants who got to take in a mixture of urban views of Seattle’s downtown, as well as stunning vistas along the city’s Lake Washington.

The courses for both the half marathon and marathon this year were revamped with the start kicking off within sight of the city’s iconic Space Needle and the finish taking place at the home of the Seattle Seahawks, CenturyLink Field.

Olympic and World Champion Marathoners Vie for 2016 Peachtree Title

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Top male and female at AJC Peachtree Road Race will earn spots on the Peachtree Cup trophy - ATLANTA – June 14, 2016A rematch of the closest finish in the history of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, the best women’s marathon runners in the world and a U.S. Olympian coached by a Peachtree champion headline the elite fields at the 47th AJC Peachtree Road Race on July 4 in Atlanta.

In the closing meters of last year’s race, Ben Payne (Colorado Springs, CO), pumped his fist to celebrate what appeared to be an inevitable win only to be chased down by Scott Overall (Great Britain). The image of the British distance star leaning at the line to break the tape and steal the victory from the U.S. Air Force pilot was seen around the world.

Kenya's Jemima Sumgong Wins 45th NYRR New York Mini 10K

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Sumgong, the reigning Virgin Money London Marathon champion, was neck-and-neck with American Aliphine Tuliamuk for the first half of the course before breaking from the pack after the 5K mark to win in her event debut. Tuliamuk finished second in 32:14, and Burundi’s Diane Nukuri was third in 32:18.
 
“It was very difficult because the field was so strong,” Sumgong said. “But I was happy because it was my first time at the NYRR New York Mini 10K, and to finish in first place was the best thing I could ask for.”
 
Tuliamuk, who was born in Kenya and just became a U.S. citizen on April 29, showed promise with her second-place finish with less than a month to go before she competes in the 10,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Sefir and Jelela lead Ethiopian dominance at Ottawa Marathon

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Ethiopians dominated both the men’s and women’s races filling all but one of the podium places at the 2016 Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (29).

Under warm and humid conditions Dino Sefir ran away from what had been considered a very tightly competitive group to win in 2:08:14. The 2012 Olympian outlasted pacers who reached only 25km before dropping out, as well as his countryman Shura Kitata, to earn himself the victor’s laurels. 

Kitata, a 19-year-old who burst onto the scene a year ago after running 2:08:53 in his marathon debut in Shanghai, was second in 2:10:04 with Kenya’s Dominic Ondoro third in 2:11:39.

UAE Healthy Kidney 10K Recap

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Both winners received a $25,000 check – tied for the largest first-place prize of any 10K race in the world – which was presented to them by NYRR Young Runners - New York, May 14, 2016—The Kenyan delegation took five of the six podium spots at the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K on Saturday, May 14, in Central Park, with Lucas Rotich claiming the top men’s spot in 28:29 and Cynthia Limo finishing first on the women’s side in 31:39.

Both winners received a $25,000 check – tied for the largest first-place prize of any 10K race in the world – which was presented to them by NYRR Young Runners.

Rotich, who had begun his 2016 racing season with a win at the Lake Biwa Marathon in Japan, triumphed in his UAE Healthy Kidney 10K debut with an eight-second victory over compatriot and United Airlines NYC Half runner-up, Wilson Chebet. Ethiopia’s Teshome Mekonen, just 20 years old, was third in 28:47.