Gebremeskel, Bleasdale Win 29th Carlsbad 5000

Written by Dan Cruz, Competitor Group.

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Bernard Lagat finishes second in 13:19, breaking American 5K road record; Gebremeskel becomes first 4-time champion in history of the “World’s Fastest 5K" - CARLSBAD, Calif. – (March 30, 2014) – Racing against 39-year-old multiple Olympic medalist and four-time world champion Bernard Lagat at the 29th Carlsbad 5000, 24-year-old Dejen Gebremeskel (right, courtesy PhotoRun) of Ethiopia knew he had to use experience to his advantage on Sunday morning.

Employing two hard, sustained surges inside the final kilometer of the race, the three-time defending champion out-ran Lagat—and everyone else—to the tape, breaking it in 13 minutes and 13 seconds to claim his fourth straight victory. Lagat, who was racing in Carlsbad for the first time, held on for second in 13:19, breaking Marc Davis’ longstanding U.S. record of 13:24, set in 1996. Kenyan Augustine Choge finished third in 13:22.

Komon takes Berlin with fastest debut half marathon ever

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(photo left: Leonard Komon and Abraham Cheroben (both Kenya) at the finish of the Vattenfall BERLIN HALFMARATHON) Running his debut at the distance Leonard Komon won the 34th Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON with a world-class time of 59:14, just edging out fellow-Kenyan Abraham Cheroben in a sprint finish. While 26 year-old Komon clearly missed the world record (58:23) he wanted to break, the Kenyan still had plenty to celebrate: His time is an unofficial world debut record. He improved the mark of Moses Mosop by six seconds. Fellow-Kenyan Mosop clocked 59:20 in Milan in 2010. Ethiopia’s Tadelech Bekele won the women’s race in 70:05.

Running with a tailwind during the first 10 k a very fast race developed. After passing the 5 k mark in 13:39 a group of four runners – Kenya’s pacemaker Vincent Rono led his fellow countrymen Komon, Cheroben and Daniel Chebii – reached the 10 k point in 27:40. With this split time the group was on time for a world record. But Rono’s pacemaking duties soon ended and when the group of three turned into Kurfuerstendamm after 11 k they ran into a head wind for most of the remaining distance. While Chebii could no longer hold on, Cheroben showed a great performance. The Kenyan, who is a training partner of Komon and entered the race with a personal best of 60:38, took the lead. “I have to thank him for this, because it really helped me,” said Komon after the race.

IAAF AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships a huge success!

Written by Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.

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The 2014 IAAF AL World Half Marathon Championships was a huge success today. For the Danish Athletic Federation, they sponsored the largest running event EVER in Denmark, with 30,000 runners in the half marathon, and 202  elite runners in their first World Championships of Athletics in Denmark. For the IAAF, their "bold experiment" should be de rigeur for all of their athletics events: a peoples' race  and road championships could be part of every and any championships. 

Keen observers noted that this may be the most profitable event in IAAF history. One thing for certain, combining championship athletics events and mass participation road running makes both promotional and financial success!

As I write this, more than 2/3 of the 30,000 runners and walkers have finished. A sunny day, a bit blustery greeted the runners as the women took off at 12:30, and the men and people's field took off at 12:55.

Tadese going for unprecedented sixth win. Men’s preview – IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships

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Wilson Kipketer, official ambassador to the IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships, has described the flat and scenic course in Copenhagen, which starts and finishes in front of the National Parliament, as “the perfect setting for making personal bests.”

If Denmark’s former 800m world record-holder and champion is right, there could be a world record to celebrate on 29 March, given the participation of the man who has become this event’s paramount performer in the space of the past decade – Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese.

PRRO Circuit Championships Moves from Atlanta to 2014 Utica Boilermaker

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Atlanta Peachtree hosts U.S. 10K Championships for Men and Women - The Professional Road Running Organization (PRRO) announced today that the PRRO Circuit Championship will take place at the Utica Boilermaker 15K on July 13 in Utica, NY. The Championship, which was previously scheduled at the AJC Peachtree Road Race, was changed in response to Peachtree’s focus on the USATF Men’s and Women’s 10K Championships this year.

"The AJC Peachtree Road Race remains committed to the PRRO Circuit and we look forward to continuing to participate in this world class race circuit. We believe that the Circuit's commitment to drug testing at all PRRO Circuit events remains an important safeguard for the integrity of our sport," said Rich Kenah, executive director of the Atlanta Track Club.