Top 2013 Finishers Return to 2014 Oakley New York Mini 10K

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2013 champion Mamitu Daska, runner-up Linet Masai, and third-place finisher Gemma Steel return to lead international contingent; Molly Huddle headlines American field - NEW YORK - The top three finishers from the 2013 Oakley New York Mini 10K will return to Central Park for the 2014 edition of the event on Saturday, June 14, to race against a deep American field. Leading the international competitors are 2013 champion Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia, 2013 runner-up (and two-time former champion) Linet Masai of Kenya, and 2013 third-place finisher Gemma Steel of Great Britain. The star-studded American field will be led by 2014 NYC Half third-place finisher and 12K world record-holder Molly Huddle, it was announced by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.

“We are thrilled to welcome back such talented and influential women from the United States and throughout the world to this year’s competition,” said Wittenberg. “This race gives every participant the chance to celebrate the positive changes associated with the acceptance and advancement of women’s participation in all athletic endeavors. Our elite female athletes have helped tremendously at the forefront of this change, and they continue to inspire women from all different backgrounds all over the globe to lead active and healthy lives.”

Barshim soars not shimmies over the bars in Rome – IAAF Diamond League

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The pre-event publicity mainly centred around the fact that the men’s high jump had one of the classier fields ever assembled outside of a major global championship and it lived up to the hype as Qatar’s world indoor champion Mutaz Essa Barshim soared over an Asian record of 2.41m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome on Thursday (5).

Into the bargain, it was also a meeting record and equalled the IAAF Diamond League record shared by Russia’s Ivan Ukhov and Ukraine’s Bohdan Bondarenko.

However, while Barshim was the star of the show for his soaring clearance over his winning height, with about five centimetres of daylight between his torso and the bar and even clear air between his heels and the apparatus, the competition will also be remembered for the six close failures at 2.43m, three apiece from Barshim and world champion Bondarenko.

After Bondarenko and Barshim both jumped 2.34m with their first attempts – the height which saw the last remaining other jumpers eliminated – the personable and pencil-thin Qatari flew over 2.37m, which prompted Bondarenko to pass.

The mind games continued at the next height as both men decided to pass 2.39m.

IAAF / Nestlé Kids’ Athletics to star on Broadway

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The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is delighted to announce that IAAF Kids’ Athletics / Nestlé Healthy Kids, the flagship development project of its School / Youth programme, will be demonstrated in the heart of New York City on Wednesday 11 June.

IAAF / Nestlé Kids’ Athletics, which is one of the biggest grassroots development programmes in the world of sports, will be introduced to citizens of ‘The Big Apple’ in Herald Square on Broadway.

The demonstration is one of the lead-in promotions to the adidas Grand Prix, the sixth leg of the 2014 IAAF Diamond League which takes place on Saturday 14 June in Icahn Stadium, Randall's Island, New York.

Herald Square, which is located between 34th and 35th streets, one block from the Empire State Building, will be the setting for an afternoon of track and field street action. Proceedings will begin at 12.30 local time with a women’s pole vault competition featuring USA’s Olympic champion Jenn Suhr.

Approximately two hours later six teams of New York school children aged 9-10 years old will take part in IAAF / Nestlé Kids’ Athletics, a series of fun activities which covers the core skills of athletics, ‘run, jump, throw’.

GNC Live Well Liberty Mile Champion Heather Kampf Returns to Steel City

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Friday, August 1 event features new American Pro Mile with a $20,000 guaranteed prize purse; fourth stop on Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2014 - PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The 2014 GNC Live Well Liberty Mile returns to downtown Pittsburgh on Friday evening, August 1 with two-time defending champion Heather Kampf of Team USA Minnesota. Featuring a new American Development Program Pro Mile at the third edition of the race, professionals will compete for $20,000 in guaranteed prize money with each race champion taking home with $4000.

The American Development Program Pro Mile is the second of three events this year in Pittsburgh’s inaugural American Development Program that offers exposure and incentives to America’s best runners. The program kicked off with the 6th DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon on May 4 and culminates with the 2nd EQT Pittsburgh 10-Miler on November 9.


Kenya’s Kabuu Crowned Champion at Freihofer’s 5K in Albany, N.Y.

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Melody Fairchild Wins Masters (Over 40) Title; Maria Mitcha Sets New American 5K Record in USATF Race Walk Championship - ALBANY, NY (May 31, 2014) — A blustery day with perfect racing temperatures greeted 4,112 women as they lined up downtown for the start of the 36th annual Freihofer’s Run for Women. In the course of its illustrious history, the Freihofer’s race has seen some of the world’s most celebrated competitors going head to head on the streets of the New York state capital, including eight-time winner Lynn Jennings and Olympic legend Joan Samuelson. Jennings was not in Albany this year, but Benoit-Samuelson was (she won the over 55 division), offering some inspiring words to the runners before joining the assembled mass as Event Director George Regan sent the field underway.

Emily Chebet (KEN), the defending champion (who had set the course record at 15:12 in 2010) was not among the contenders this year, having been encouraged by her home country’s national federation to focus on the forthcoming Commonwealth Games. That did nothing to dilute the depth of the field, however, as even a cursory glance as the early race leaders affirmed. As the hoard charged up the opening hill, two-time winner (2011, 2012) Mamitu Daska (ETH) was already at the forefront, as were two-time Olympian Lucy Kabuu (KEN), Boston Marathon second placer Buzunesh Deba (ETH), 15:01 track runner Afera Godfay (ETH), 2008 Olympian Zemzem Ahmed (ETH) and a handful of others who were all capable of taking the prestigious crown and, with it, the first place prize of $10,000.