Ethiopians Take Three of Four Titles at 2016 Chevron Houston Marathon & Aramco Houston Half Marathon

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HOUSTON (January 17, 2016) - A record-setting day saw Ethiopians win three of four titles, including a sweep of the men's and women's Chevron Houston Marathon.

Aramco Houston Half Marathon

Kenya's Mary Wacera ran the fastest-ever women's half marathon on American soil Sunday, moving to No. 9 on the all-time world list as she shattered the course record with a 66:29 to win the Aramco Houston Half Marathon.

New Zealand's Kim Smith set the previous all-comers record of 67:11 in 2011 at Philadelphia, while the course record of 68:26 was set in 2012 by Belyanesh Olijara of Ethiopia.

Wacera, who collected $45,000 for her record-setting win, made a move just after the 15-kilometer mark to take the lead from fellow Kenyan Cynthia Limo. She established a six-second gap over the next 5K and stretched the margin to 12 seconds at the finish. Limo's 66:41 moved her to 11th on the all-time world list.

2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Application Period Opens March 8

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Registration will be conducted through a system of guaranteed entry options as well as through a non-guaranteed entry drawing. The 39th race will take place on Sunday, October 9 in scenic Grant Park. - CHICAGO - Te Bank of America Chicago Marathon has announced that runner applications will be accepted for the 2016 event beginning Tuesday, March 8, by visiting Registration will be conducted through a system of guaranteed entry options as well as through a non-guaranteed entry drawing. The 39th race will take place on Sunday, October 9 in scenic Grant Park.

Individuals unable to meet the criteria for guaranteed entry may apply through the non-guaranteed entry drawing which will open on Tuesday, March 15. Runners will have until Tuesday, April 12, to apply for either a guaranteed and non-guaranteed entry. The cost of an entry is $185 for United States residents and $210 for those residing outside of the United States.

"The Bank of America Chicago Marathon attracts runners from across the United States and around the world to run the iconic streets of our city," said Carey Pinkowski, executive race director. "With 37,459 runners crossing the finish line of the 2015 event, we anticipate once again welcoming a large contingency of runners - both first-timers and marathon veterans - to Chicago in October. The 2016 Chicago Marathon will be here before we know it!"

Abdirahman Leading the Way for Olympic Hopefuls at Rock 'n' Roll Arizona

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Four-time U.S. Olympian Abdi Abdirahman to pace sub-1:05 half-marathon group on last day of qualifying; More than 20,000 runners will hit the pavement this weekend for 13th edition event - PHOENIX (January 14, 2016) - While long-distance running may appear to be a solitary affair, if you ask four-time U.S. Olympian Abdi Abdirahman, you will most likely get a shake of the head. The 39-year-old pro, who enjoys the moniker “Black Cactus,” will be toeing the start line at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon on Jan. 17 in Tempe with one big goal in mind: Help his fellow elite runners qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon is the last chance for many runners to qualify for the Trials on Feb. 13 in Los Angeles. A blistering time of one hour and five seconds for 13.1 miles, which equates to 4:57 per mile, is required for men to book their ticket to the Trials. The top three runners in that event are then selected to represent the U.S. at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

On Sunday, Abdirahman will be leading the 1:04:45 group. “I’m looking forward to heading to Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona,” he says. “It’s the last day for people to qualify for the Olympic Trials so my goal is to run hard, run solid and help as many people get across that line under 65 minutes.”

John Hancock Financial Announces 2016 Boston Marathon International Elite Field

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38 elite athletes from 12 countries invited for 120th running of the historic race on Monday, April 18 - BOSTON  (January 13, 2016) — In its 31st year as principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, John Hancock Financial today announced the elite field for the 120th running of the Boston Marathon on April 18. A complete field list follows.

Boston Marathon champions Lelisa Desisa, Caroline Rotich, Geoffrey Mutai and Wesley Korir return to compete in the world’s most historic marathon, and will be strongly challenged by an exceptional men’s and women’s international field. Combined, the team has won 16 Abbott World Marathon Majors, Olympic and IAAF World Championships medals, and 89 global marathons.

The chase for the 2016 men’s title will be dynamic with six men in the field holding personal bests under 2:05, and 10 with lifetime bests under 2:06.

A Run to Ring in 2016

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Runners got an early start on their new year’s resolutions at the NYRR Midnight Run, setting off for four miles in Central Park at the stroke of midnight. The night's festivities began with dancing, face painting, and plenty of photo opportunities, as well as a resolution wall where runners put their goals for the new year in writing.

As the clock struck 12:00, a spectacular fireworks show signaled the start of the race, closing 2015 and opening 2016 with a bang.

At the front of the pack, a group of Boston-based runners swept the top two places for both men and women. The Boston Athletic Association’s Daniel Winn, true to his name, took first overall in 18:34, followed by Louis Serafini in 18:40. Winn’s teammates Sarah Pagano and Katie Matthews led the women’s field in 21:13 and 21:16, respectively.