Close finishes and broken records as Gebremeskel and Huddle win Boston 5km

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The 2014 BAA 5km on Saturday (19) was one for the ages, as thousands of runners took to the streets of Boston two days prior to the Boston Marathon.

Under crystal clear skies through Boston’s picturesque Back Bay neighbourhood, Ethiopia’s Dejen Gebremeskel set a men’s event record of 13:26, while Molly Huddle came from behind to win the women's race in 15:12.

Moments after the starting horn sounded, Olympic 5000m silver medallist Gebremeskel bolted into the lead, taking control of the early pace. As reigning champion, Gebremeskel was determined to claim yet another BAA 5km crown.

Covering the first mile in 4:23, Gebremeskel was joined by USA’s Ben True and Kenyan trio Daniel Salel, Stephen Sambu and Lani Rutto. The pack would remain together through the second mile (8:49), crossing the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street as one.

Gebremeskel waited until the final straight to move up another gear on Charles Street, one that was only matched by two-time BAA 5km champion True.

Running events on Boston Marathon® weekend begin Saturday morning, April 19, with $39,900 (USD) prize purse at stake.

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BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced an elite field of Olympic Games and IAAF World Championships medalists and returning champions for the 2014 B.A.A. 5K, to be held on Saturday, April 19, two days prior to the 2014 Boston Marathon®. The 2014 B.A.A. 5K will have a field size of 10,000 entrants and will start and finish at Boston Common. The race is sold out. A prize purse of $39,900 (USD) will be awarded equally to the top male and female finishers. In addition, professional runners are eligible for a $5,000 (USD) bonus for event record times established at the B.A.A. 5K. Bonus incentives will also be available for professional runners for multiple top finishes at B.A.A. events in 2014.

Defending champion Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH) will look to be among the top contenders in this year’s race. Gebremeskel, 24, is a 2012 Olympic Games silver medalist at 5,000 meters and set the B.A.A. 5K event record (13:37) last year. Hagos Gebrhiwet (ETH), silver medalist at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow will also look to be in contention, along with two-time B.A.A. 5K champion (2011, 2012) Ben True (Hanover, NH) and 2013 B.A.A. 10K champion Stephen Sambu (KEN).


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Hoda Kotb, Co-Host, Fourth Hour of “Today” and Correspondent, “Dateline NBC,” Hosted 11th Annual Race. Thousands of Runners and Spectators Gathered for Country’s Largest Women’s-Only Half-Marathon

New York, NY (April 14, 2014) – Three-time U.S. Olympian Deena Kastor, 41, raced to a first place finish at the 11th Annual More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half-Marathon in New York City’s Central Park on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Kastor shattered the previous course record time of 1:13:25 set in 2013, running a blazing 1:11:38, setting not only a new event record, but also a new U.S. Masters record. Local runners Tsehay Geisto of New York, NY took second place in 1:15:07, while Aregash Gubae placed third in 1:18:35.

Of her accomplishment, Deena Kastor shared: "This is another great weekend in New York City, the New York Road Runners always put on a first-class event, and teaming up with the More/Fitness teams just makes this a celebration of women, health and fitness through running, and it’s always been a really fun weekend for me here in New York."

Getu Feleke breaks course record with 2:05:41, Anna Hahner sensationally takes Vienna

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Getu Feleke clocked a superb course record at the 31st Vienna City Marathon. The Ethiopian won the race in good weather conditions with 2:05:41. He was well ahead of the Kenyans Alfred Kering (2:08:28) and Philip Kimutai Sanga (2:08:58). There was a major upset in the women’s race. With 300 metres to go Germany’s Anna Hahner passed a struggling Caroline Chepkwony. Hahner clocked 2:28:59 in her first marathon victory. The Kenyan was second with 2:29:18 and Ethiopia’s Marta Lema took third in 2:31:10. A record number of 42,078 runners from 127 nations entered the various events of the Vienna City Marathon. The event is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

A very fast men’s race developed in fine weather conditions with temperatures of 10 Celsius at the start, overcast skies and hardly any wind. However in the later stages it started raining and the wind picked up. A group of twelve runners passed the 10 k point in 29:45 minutes. With the high pace the group was reduced to eight runners by half way (62:42). Surprisingly one of those who lost contact was defending champion Henry Sugut. The Kenyan, who had hoped to become the first runner to win in Vienna for a fourth time, started struggling around the 15 k mark and later dropped out of the race.

Bawcom Sets American Record, Wins USA Women's 10 Mile Championship

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Men’s top two finishers separated by less than a second at the 42nd Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile; Christo Landry places sixth overall to win USA Men’s 10 Mile Championship title - WASHINGTON, DC (April 6, 2013) -  U.S. Olympian Janet Bawcom ran 10 miles in 52 minutes, 12 seconds this morning to set the single-gender American record at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, pending verification by USA Track & Field officials at their annual meeting in December. In doing so, Bawcom, from Flagstaff, Ariz., broke the record she set here a year ago by a whopping 1:16, and pulled American Sara Hall under her former record time as well; Hall ran 52:54, in a very impressive debut over the distance.

Both the Men’s and Women’s USA 10 Mile Championships Presented by America’s Credit Unions were held in conjunction with the 42nd Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run and, as such, took place amidst highly competitive international races.