Roads

Sam Chelanga Becomes the First American to Win Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Since 1990

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Veronica Nyaruai Wanjiru of Kenya Wins Women's Race on the Third Stop of the 2015-16 PRRO Circuit - April 3, 2016, Washington, DC - Thirty-one year-old Sam Chelanga, a naturalized American citizen who was born in Kenya, won the 44th Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile in a time of 48:25.1 today. The last American male to win Cherry Blossom was Chris Fox in 1990. Twenty-six year-old Kenyan Veronica Nyaruai Wanjiru won the women's race in a time of 53:11.6. Conditions were less than ideal, with temperatures in the mid-30s and winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour during the race, thus slowing all runners' times considerably.

After the race, Chelanga told reporters: "My coach said, 'just do the race, don't worry about the wind,' so that's what I did."

Meseret Defar, Joshua Cheptegei Prevail at Carlsbad 5000

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Bernard Lagat Shatters his own Masters World Record; Christian Cushing Murry and Julie Ertel place first in Men’s and Women’s Masters - SAN DIEGO – April 3, 2016 – Sunshine and speed: those two words perfectly embodied the Carlsbad 5000 on Sunday. The 31st edition of the world’s fastest 5K took place with thousands of runners taking to the streets of one of California’s most-scenic seaside towns.

The ultimate showdown for the day took place last with the men’s and women’s elite divisions that started after 11 a.m. Ethiopian Meseret Defar, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 5000 and the top-seeded runner on Sunday lived up to expectations to clearly dominate the woman’s race. The 32-year-old Defar’s time for the 5K was 15:02. Kenyan rival Caroline Kipkirui came across the line second in 15:13. Susan Kuijken, of the Netherlands was third in 15:28.

More than 9,000 Runners Take to the Streets at Transamerica Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon San Francisco

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Jonathan Varela Obando of Costa Rica and Alisa MacDonald of Canada were victorious - SAN FRANCISCO (April 3, 2016) – An ideal day for running with fog-shrouded skies and temperatures in the low-50s greeted more than 9,000 participants at this morning’s Transamerica Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon San Francisco. Jonathan Varela Obando of Costa Rica and Alisa MacDonald of Canada were the top finishers, breaking the tape in 1 hour, 14 minutes and 14 seconds, and 1:22:14, respectively.
 
The 36-year-old Obando took control from the start, hitting the 1-mile marker in 5:44 to open up a lead that he never relinquished. Obando, who ran 2:23:17 to finish 16th at the 2015 L.A. Marathon, passed the 10-mile marker along Marina Green in 57:15 before covering the final 5K to the finish line at Civic Center Plaza in a quick 16:59.
 
In the women’s race, 35-year-old Alisa MacDonald of Canada, who is training for the Boston Marathon on April 18, dominated from start to finish. She covered the first 5K in 18:44 and passed 10 miles in 1:02:21 en route to victory.

Kastor Returns to New York in Search of Fourth Consecutive MORE/SHAPE Women’s Half-Marathon Title

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Three-time Olympian will lead an expected 10,000 women through Central Park in the 13th edition of one of the largest women’s-only half marathons in the country  - NEW YORK (March 23, 2016) – Three-time Olympian Deena Kastor will return to New York on Sunday, April 17, in search of her fourth-straight victory in the MORE/SHAPE Women’s Half-Marathon, announced Peter Ciaccia, president of events for New York Road Runners and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon. Approximately 10,000 women are expected to lace up for the 13.1-mile race – one of the largest women’s-only half marathons in the country – in New York’s Central Park, with Kastor expected to lead the way.

“Deena is one of the most recognized faces among American long-distance runners, and we are extremely grateful to have her return to Central Park for a fourth consecutive year to race the MORE/SHAPE Women’s Half-Marathon,” Ciaccia said. “As both a mother and a runner, she is a relatable role model that many women across the country can look up to.”

VIENNA CITY MARATHON on 10th April: Vienna hopes to return to faster women's times

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Half a dozen of experienced marathon runners with personal bests in the 2:23 to 2:27 region plus two more or less newcomers to the distance form part of the women’s elite field of the Vienna City Marathon on 10th April. Ethiopia’s Guteni Shone is the fastest on the current start list with a personal record of 2:23:32. Including other running events staged parallel to the marathon organisers of this IAAF Gold Label Road Race expect more than 40,000 entries.

While times of the men’s winners of recent editions have been top-class the women could often not quite live up to expectations. Only twice were there winning times of sub 2:25 in the past ten years. And the 2:23:47 course record of Italy’s Maura Viceconte dates back to 2000. This year organisers hope to see times of at least sub 2:25 again.