Local Elite Athletes to Compete Against the World’s Best at the 2015 United Airlines NYC Half

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Brendan Martin, Megan Hogan, and Abiyot Endale will lead NYRR’s local elite talent against renowned professional athlete fields - NEW YORK - The best local runners in the New York metropolitan area will take on the top professional runners in the world at the 2015 United Airlines NYC Half on Sunday, March 15, 2015, it was announced by Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners. Top-tier New York residents include 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier Brendan Martin of Smithtown, 2014 Hartford Half-Marathon champion Megan Hogan of Manhattan, and 2012 Hartford Marathon champion Abiyot Endale of the Bronx.

“The tremendous talent and experience of our top local elites has created one of the most competitive road-racing circuits in the country,” said Wittenberg. “Brendan, Megan, Abiyot, and all of our runners from the five boroughs and surrounding area are the pride of NYRR. Their passion for training and competing on the streets and in the parks of New York is unmatched, and we look forward to seeing them compete against a world-class field on their home turf at the 2015 United Airlines NYC Half”

Cold Weather, Fast Times at USATF 50K Road Championships

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US Mountain Team Zachary Ornelas sets new course record, Sarah Bard takes women's title - LLOYD HARBOR, NY – The 2015 USATF 50K Road Championships staged in Caumsett Historical State Park saw cold temps and snow but champions prevailed on Sunday, March 1.

Up in the front of the men's pack, 2013 US Mountain Team member, Zachary Ornelas, 23, of Ann Arbor, Mich., was pushing the pace with clear intent of breaking the course record set by Ethan Coffey, last year's 50K national road champion. Ornelas held the lead from start to finish, breaking the course record in 2 hours, 52 minutes, 16 seconds.

Going out with Ornelas, were the former 50K champion at this event, Joseph Gray, 31, Colorado Springs, Colo. a multi-time mountain team member and newcomer Tyler Andrews, 24, Arlington, Va., running in his first ultra, but with a 2:16 marathon background.  On the third lap, Andrews tweaked his hamstring and faded momentarily, but came back to finish in the runner-up spot, in 3:05:33.

Elite American and International Men’s Fields Announced for 2015 United Airlines NYC Half

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Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi and three-time Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein will lead the American charge, while top returning entrant Stephen Sambu and distance running star Wesley Korir, both of Kenya, headline a deep and diverse international lineup - NEW YORK — Defending Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi and compatriot Dathan Ritzenhein, running the half-marathon distance for the first time since the 2013 NYC Half, will lead a resilient field of American men against a strong international contingent highlighted by last year’s third-place finisher Stephen Sambu and 2012 Boston Marathon champion Wesley Korir at the 2015 United Airlines NYC Half on Sunday, March 15, 2015, it was announced this week by Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners.

“From Meb and Dathan to Stephen and Wesley, the 2015 United Airlines NYC Half professional men’s field is one of our best ever,” said Wittenberg. “We’re especially excited that our lead group of men will be running alongside the many young runners who will be participating in the event’s inaugural NYRR Times Square Kids’ Run on Seventh Avenue, creating an inspiring and unique moment that will help us celebrate the tenth running of the race.”

Kiplagat powers to world half marathon record in Barcelona

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For the second year in a row, Kenya's Florence Kiplagat broke the world half marathon record at the Mitja Marato de Barcelona - Less than 48 hours after Mary Keitany blitzed to victory in the RAK Half Marathon in a 66:02 world-lead, Florence Kiplagat showed she is in fantastic shape as well, as she lowered her world half marathon record to 65:09 in the Mitja Marato de Barcelona on Sunday morning (15).

Keitany and Kiplagat will clash in the London Marathon on 26 April along with reigning champion Edna Kiplagat, and 2013 London and New York Marathon winner Priscah Jeptoo.

In contrast to the wind and rain battering much of the rest of Spain, Kiplagat's bid to improve her record on the fast and flat course in the Catalan city benefited hugely by almost perfect conditions, with slightly overcast skies and temperatures hovering about 10 degrees Celsius.


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Ultimately it was a day of near misses at the 9th edition of the RAK Half Marathon on friday, for despite the usual cool, calm weather at the 7am start, not to mention the enhanced course routing to reduce the number of corners, the men’s field chose to watch each other and ran strategically, while the women set off perhaps too fast and paid the price.

In terms of legs against the clock, it was ladies’ day, as New York Marathon Champion Mary Keitany pulverised a high quality field, posting yet another astonishing time on the way to her third RAK title. Her run to 66:02, appeared early on to be a definite assault on Florence Kiplagat’s astonishing 65:12 world record of this time last year, and for well past half way, things were going to plan. The diminutive 32 year old passed 10k in 31:07 (Kiplagat 31:08), held the requisite tempo (3:05/km) till the 14th kilometre and at 15km (46:42), she was only 7 seconds down on Kiplagat’s mark from Barcelona.