Records galore at 2014 B.A.A. 10K

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Stephen Sambu from Kenya and Mamitu Daska from Ethiopia both retained their B.A.A. 10K titles in world-leading times of 27:25 and 31:04 respectively -

Reigning champion Stephen Sambu from Kenya successfully defended his title at the 2014 B.A.A 10K and he did so in a world-leading mark of 27:25 on Sunday (22).

A performance of this calibre didn’t seem on the cards as he passed the halfway point in 13:57 along with compatriots Geoffrey Mutai and Daniel Salel, but Sambu and Mutai accelerated markedly over the faster and flatter second half of the course.

The first record of the day was set as Sambu and Mutai passed through the 8km mark in a US all-comers’ record of 22:02 to break the mark by one second before Sambu forged a winning gap in the final two kilometres.

Boston Marathon Winner Meb Keflezighi to Start Last at AJC Peachtree Road Race

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Keflezighi Will Raise Funds for Kilometer Kids, Atlanta Track Club’s Youth Running Program, by Attempting to Pass 22,500 Participants - ATLANTA – June 23, 2014– It’s not where anyone expects to find Meb Keflezighi in any competition, but the 2014 Boston Marathon winner will start the AJC Peachtree Road Race on July 4 in last place as the featured runner in Atlanta Track Club’s inaugural Kilometer Kids Charity Chase.

As part of the Chase, Keflezighi aims to raise $75,000 through an online fundraiser that will benefit the club’s youth running program. He will start as the very last runner in the AJC Peachtree Road Race and try to pass as many participants as possible, with a goal of 22,500.Supporters can help Keflezighi reach his goal by donating to Kilometer Kids. All proceeds will go toward expanding the reach and accessibility of the program in the Atlanta metro area as part of a continued effort to encourage young people to achieve health and fitness through running.

“Since the day I was approached with the idea, I’ve been excited about running the AJC Peachtree Road Race to benefit Kilometer Kids,” said Keflezighi. “Atlanta Track Club’s commitment to inspire kids and empower them through a fun and educational running program is directly aligned with my belief that balanced living helps lead youth to success.”

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.