Roads

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.

7 Olympians Confirmed for AJC Peachtree Road Race

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$100,000 at stake in USA 10K Championships; Olympians Abdi Abdirahman and Ryan Hall among top contenders - ATLANTA – U.S. Olympians Ryan Hall, Abdi Abdirahman, Desiree Linden, Amy Hastings, Julie Culley, Blake Russell and Jen Rhines are among the first athletes confirmed for the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race on Friday, July 4, Atlanta Track Club announced.

For the second consecutive year, the world’s largest 10K will host the USA 10K Championships for both men and women. A total U.S. prize purse of $100,000 will be awarded this year, an increase of $40,000 from 2013. The winning male and female will each earn $15,000.

“A national championship is the place where every U.S. athlete wants to put it on the line,” said Hall, a two-time U.S. Olympian whose time of 2:04:58 in the 2011 Boston Marathon is the fastest marathon ever run by an American. “I couldn’t be happier that the AJC Peachtree Road Race is hosting the USA 10K Championships, with the best American distance runners in the country going after a big prize on the Fourth of July. It’s perfect.”

Hall, 31, of Redding, Calif., will be joined by Abdirahman, 37, of Tucson, Ariz., a four-time Olympian, four-time USA 10,000-meter champion on the track, 2007 USA 10K champion on the roads and 2012 USA Half Marathon champion.