Past Champions Repeat as Jenny Simpson and Nick Willis Capture 2015 NYRR 5th Avenue Mile Titles

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Simpson, 29, stormed to her fourth NYRR 5th Avenue Mile in the 20-block stretch’s last 100 meters with a time of 4:29.0 over Shannon Rowbury. Willis, 32, comfortably took home his third event title, winning by just over one second -  NEW YORK (Sept. 13. 2015) - Past NYRR 5th Avenue Mile champions Jenny Simpson of the United States and Nick Willis of New Zealand successfully repeated victories at the 35th running of the NYRR  5th Avenue Mile today, Sunday, September 13.

In the men’s race, Willis, 32, comfortably took home his third event title, winning by just over one second with a time of 3:54.8. Scottish indoor mile record-holder Chris O’Hare, 24, of Great Britain, finished second in 3:55.9, and Norwegian mile record-holder Henrik Ingebrigtsen, 24, finished third in 3:56.1. Willis is one of only three men to win the event three or more times.

Mattoni Usti nad Labem Half Marathon on Saturday: Jepchirchir and Chebii want to add another victory

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(Photo credit: Mattoni Usti nad Labem Half Marathon)The Kenyan talents of Peres Jepchirchir and Daniel Chebii will complete a busy week when they line up at the Mattoni Usti nad Labem Half Marathon on Saturday. Fresh from their triumphs in the Birell Prague Grand Prix 10k the week before, where Jepchirchir ran the fastest women’s 10k of the year with 30:55 and Chebii beat a high quality men’s field in 27:42, they turn their attentions to the seventh and final race in the RunCzech series for 2015. The fifth edition of the Usti nad Labem Half Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label event, the highest category of road race.

Having run so impressively in the Czech capital, much will be expected of Peres Jepchirchir with her best for the half marathon of 69:12. Her rivals include the experienced Caroline Kilel, winner of the 2011 Boston Marathon. The Kenyan has proven ability at the shorter distance, finishing fourth at the World Half Marathon Championships in 2009. Also coming into the reckoning should be another rising young Kenyan star alongside Peres Jepchirchir: Linah Cheruto finished over a minute adrift as runner-up to her compatriot in Prague last week but has solid half marathon credentials with 70:22. Leading the Ethiopian challenge will be Shitaye Eshete in only her second race after maternity – she finished a solid fourth in Prague a week ago and this will be her debut at the distance. Another contender from the same country is Amane Beriso, not at her best last week but with a 68:43 half marathon to her credit.

2015 Fall Shoe Review

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People make the shoes you run in. There are people who design them; people who develop them; people who assemble them; and people who sell them.

We’re the people who get an early look, take the opportunity to test, and then review the shoes that eventually make their way to the stores which sell them to you. We thank you for your trust, and we hope that our efforts are valuable to you. The process of developing the content for our shoe reviews involves a lot of running, meetings, running, phone calls, running, emails, running, research, running, travel, running, writing, and finally, running. If it seems as if there’s a theme about running, you can rest assured that first and foremost, running shoes are about running.

Parker Stinson to Compete at USA 20k Championships in New Haven Sept. 7; Megan Goethals, Gina Valgoi to Run Victory 10k/5k in Minneapolis on Labor Day; Heather Kampf Wins Crim Mile in Michigan

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Sept. 1, 2015 – Team USA Minnesota’s Parker Stinson will be among the deep field of American competitors at the USA 20k Championships in New Haven on Sept. 7.  The race is held in conjunction with the Faxon Law New Haven Road Race and starts at 8:40 a.m. (Eastern).  Also competing on Labor Day will be Megan Goethals and Gina Valgoi who will run in the Victory 10k and 5k races respectively in Minneapolis with the 10k starting at 8:00 a.m.

The 20k will be Stinson’s longest race since graduating from the University of Oregon last spring.  To date he has marks of 34:19 in the 12k, which he posted at the .US 12k Championships last November, and 27:54 in the 10,000 meters.  Most recently he finished seventh in the Wharf to Wharf 6 mile race on July 26 with a time of 27:44.

Reigning champion Sambu leads Falmouth Road Race fields

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Reigning champion Stephen Sambu from Kenya will be looking to become the first runner to retain his New Balance Falmouth Road Race title since 2006 on 16 August - Stephen Sambu will be looking to defend his title at the 43rd edition of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race staged over seven miles on 16 August.

The 27-year-old was aiming to make the Kenyan team for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing but he was a non-finisher in the 10,000m at the Kenyan Trials in Nairobi at the end of last month.

Instead, Sambu will turn his focus back to the roads where he is one of the world’s best exponents at the shorter distances. If he claims the title next Sunday, Sambu will become the first back-to-back winner of this race since Gilbert Okari in 2006.