Roads

Politicians and Media Try to Put Best Foot Forward in Election Year

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The ACLI Capital Challenge three mile road race returns to Washington, D.C.’s Anacostia Park on Wednesday, May 21 at 8:00 a.m. Who will cross the finish line first and run off with team honors─an unknown known? The event attracts scores of members of Congress, high-ranking political appointees, Generals, Admirals, television correspondents, print and web reporters, Federal Judges and other Washington VIPs, who will compete on over 140 teams.

Known for its irreverence and political humor, the race is drawing the usual VIP cast. Teams are captained by U.S. Senators, Representatives, Cabinet Members, Sub-Cabinet appointees, Federal Judges, On-Air personalities and professional print and web journalists. Each captain must finish for his or her team to score. The race, which started in 1981, spotlights the fitness of many of the country’s busiest leaders, including many Senate and House Committee Chairs and ranking members.

The ACLI Capital Challenge benefits the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation. All entry fees and additional donations from the race sponsors will be used to provide a life-changing Fidelco Guide Dog and services to a blinded veteran or immediate family member to support increased independence, mobility and safety.

FLASH – Jeptoo breaks course record while Keflezighi ends US drought in Boston

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The thousands of spectators who lined the streets for the Boston Marathon on Monday (21) were treated to two of the greatest races in the event’s 118-year history. Rita Jeptoo broke the course record in one of the fastest races ever, while Meb Keflezighi became the first US winner since 1985 of the IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

For the first half of the race, it looked as though there could have been two US winners as Shalane Flanagan led for much of the way in the women’s race. She eventually surrendered her lead after about 33km as defending champion Jeptoo forged ahead along with fellow Kenyan Jemima Sumgong and Ethiopian trio Mare Dibaba, Meselech Melkamu and Bezunesh Deba.

After a 15:44 5km split between 35km and 40km, Jeptoo was alone out in front and went on to cross the finish line in 2:18:57, moving to fifth on the world all-time list. She improved the course record by almost two minutes, smashing the mark of 2:20:43 set 12 years ago by compatriot Margaret Okayo.

Close finishes and broken records as Gebremeskel and Huddle win Boston 5km

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The 2014 BAA 5km on Saturday (19) was one for the ages, as thousands of runners took to the streets of Boston two days prior to the Boston Marathon.

Under crystal clear skies through Boston’s picturesque Back Bay neighbourhood, Ethiopia’s Dejen Gebremeskel set a men’s event record of 13:26, while Molly Huddle came from behind to win the women's race in 15:12.

Moments after the starting horn sounded, Olympic 5000m silver medallist Gebremeskel bolted into the lead, taking control of the early pace. As reigning champion, Gebremeskel was determined to claim yet another BAA 5km crown.

Covering the first mile in 4:23, Gebremeskel was joined by USA’s Ben True and Kenyan trio Daniel Salel, Stephen Sambu and Lani Rutto. The pack would remain together through the second mile (8:49), crossing the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street as one.

Gebremeskel waited until the final straight to move up another gear on Charles Street, one that was only matched by two-time BAA 5km champion True.

Running events on Boston Marathon® weekend begin Saturday morning, April 19, with $39,900 (USD) prize purse at stake.

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BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced an elite field of Olympic Games and IAAF World Championships medalists and returning champions for the 2014 B.A.A. 5K, to be held on Saturday, April 19, two days prior to the 2014 Boston Marathon®. The 2014 B.A.A. 5K will have a field size of 10,000 entrants and will start and finish at Boston Common. The race is sold out. A prize purse of $39,900 (USD) will be awarded equally to the top male and female finishers. In addition, professional runners are eligible for a $5,000 (USD) bonus for event record times established at the B.A.A. 5K. Bonus incentives will also be available for professional runners for multiple top finishes at B.A.A. events in 2014.

Defending champion Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH) will look to be among the top contenders in this year’s race. Gebremeskel, 24, is a 2012 Olympic Games silver medalist at 5,000 meters and set the B.A.A. 5K event record (13:37) last year. Hagos Gebrhiwet (ETH), silver medalist at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow will also look to be in contention, along with two-time B.A.A. 5K champion (2011, 2012) Ben True (Hanover, NH) and 2013 B.A.A. 10K champion Stephen Sambu (KEN).

U.S. OLYMPIAN DEENA KASTOR BREAKS EVENT RECORD, SETS NEW U.S. MASTERS RECORD IN 1:11:38 AT 11th ANNUAL MORE MAGAZINE/FITNESS MAGAZINE WOMEN’S HALF-MARATHON ON APRIL 13

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Hoda Kotb, Co-Host, Fourth Hour of “Today” and Correspondent, “Dateline NBC,” Hosted 11th Annual Race. Thousands of Runners and Spectators Gathered for Country’s Largest Women’s-Only Half-Marathon

New York, NY (April 14, 2014) – Three-time U.S. Olympian Deena Kastor, 41, raced to a first place finish at the 11th Annual More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half-Marathon in New York City’s Central Park on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Kastor shattered the previous course record time of 1:13:25 set in 2013, running a blazing 1:11:38, setting not only a new event record, but also a new U.S. Masters record. Local runners Tsehay Geisto of New York, NY took second place in 1:15:07, while Aregash Gubae placed third in 1:18:35.

Of her accomplishment, Deena Kastor shared: "This is another great weekend in New York City, the New York Road Runners always put on a first-class event, and teaming up with the More/Fitness teams just makes this a celebration of women, health and fitness through running, and it’s always been a really fun weekend for me here in New York."