Huddle, Estrada Sprint to Victories at USA 5 km Championships

(0 votes)

PROVIDENCE -- Molly Huddlewon her third straight USA 5 km title, as she pulled away in the late stages of Sunday’s race, while Diego Estradaused a furious kick to the finish to run to his first USA title at the USA 5 km Championships in Providence, Rhode Island, hosted by the CVS Health Downtown 5k.

The USA 5 km Championships are the tenth stop on the USA Running Circuit, which concludes this fall with the .US National 12K. The top ten finishers at each race on the circuit qualify to compete in the 2014 .US National 12k which takes place Sunday, November 16 in Alexandria, Virginia.

In usual style, Huddle jumped to the lead Sunday morning, as the energy from her hometown Providence crowd fueled the USA 5,000m record holder to push a strong opening pace. While Huddle led the early stages, she was closely followed by teammates Jordan Hasayand Mary Cain, along with 2013 runner-up Emily Infeld.

The large pack started to thin out around the halfway point, as Huddle continued to push the pace. While Cain slipped back into the chase back, Hasay and Infeld stuck with Huddle until the two-mile mark, when Infeld started to fall off the pace and the race became a two woman race.

Deena Kastor Sets Four World Masters Records at Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia

Written by Competitor Group.

(0 votes)

41-year-old Kastor clocks 1:09:36 to finish third at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon; Karoki completes personal best - PHILADELPHIA – (Sept. 21, 2014) – Nothing appears to be stopping American distance-running ace Deena Kastor. The 41-year-old Olympic bronze medalist and American marathon-record holder added another mark to her impressive and extensive resume this weekend: the Masters world record in the half marathon. Kastor, who lives and trains in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., clocked 1 hour, 9 minutes and 36 seconds to finish third at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon on Sunday morning

Along the way, Kastor also set three more Masters world records at 15K (49:03), 10 miles (52:41) and 20K (1:05:52). She also broke her own American Masters half-marathon record of 1:11:38.

 Her showing was a 20-second improvement over the previous world best set by Russia’s Irina Permitina in 2008.

Simpson Delivers, McNamara Surprises on Fifth Avenue

(0 votes)

Jordan McNamara outsprints Garrett Heath to win men's race in 3:51.0. - NEW YORK (Sept. 13, 2014) — Jenny Simpson had all the momentum—and the pressure—when she lined up for the 2014 NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile. She’s the reigning Diamond League 1500-meter champion and the second-fastest American ever at that distance, and she’d be defending her 2013 Fifth Avenue title. But with 2012 race champion and U.S. Olympian Brenda Martinez, hometown favorite Mary Cain, and 15 more world-class women in the field who’d be keying off Simpson, the race looked ripe for an upset.

Simpson didn’t flinch. At the starting horn, she went straight to the front. A phalanx followed closely—until 200 meters to go, when Simpson built a three-meter lead. It looked like a wire-to-wire win, until Martinez’ fierce sprint brought her to Simpson’s shoulder. She got no further, and Simpson crossed the line in 4:19.4—the sixth-fastest time in the race’s 34 runnings—to hold off Martinez by two-tenths of a second and become the first three-time women’s winner in the event’s history. Newcomer Ciara Mageean of Ireland took third in 4:21.2.

Ritzenhein Leads U.S. Men at Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon

(0 votes)

Three-time U.S. Olympian joins other American stars Deena Kastor, Kara Goucher and Bernard Lagat at 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival Philadelphia - PHILADELPHIA - Three-time U.S. Olympian and 2009 IAAF World Half-Marathon bronze medalist Dathan Ritzenhein ("Ritz") will lead the U.S. men at the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival Philadelphia on September 19-21, 2014. The event, now in its 37th year and renowned throughout the world, is known for its record performances as the scene of five world records, five U.S. marks and numerous age-group records.

Ritz joins a weekend line up of world-class athletes in Philadelphia this year. The men’s half-marathon field includes Kenyans Geoffrey Mutai, Cyprian Kotut and Bedan Karoki, who have all run under an hour for the distance. The women’s race will feature the two fastest Americans at the half-marathon (13.1 miles) distance in history Deena Kastor and Kara Goucher. Headlining Saturday’s first ever Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K is U.S. Olympian Bernard Lagat, one of the world’s all-time great distance runners.

Kogo, Huddle Headline Speedy Fields for New Balance Falmouth Road Race

(0 votes)

Two-time New Balance Falmouth Road Race champion Micah Kogo returns to defend his title - FALMOUTH, Mass. (July 30, 2014)— The second-fastest 10K athlete in history, the fastest 10K runner in the world so far this year, and the new American Record-holder for a women-only 10K join 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi in headlining the 42nd running of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race, race organizers announced.

They, along with the rest of the elite-athlete field, will be vying for a share of the $89,500 in total prize money awarded to top finishers in the 7-mile race from Woods Hole to Falmouth Heights, which begins at 9:00 AM Sunday, August 17, and the Falmouth Mile, which kicks off at 5:00 PM on Saturday, August 16, at the James Kalperis Track at Falmouth High School. Rosters for the Mile will be announced soon.

On the men’s side, two-time New Balance Falmouth Road Race champion Micah Kogo returns to defend his title. The 28-year-old Kenyan will seek to become just the fourth man (after Bill Rodgers, John Korir, and Gilbert Okari) to win here for a third time. A former World Record-holder at 10K, whose time of 27:01 still makes him the second-fastest man in history, Kogo is also the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist at 10,000 meters.