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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.

Leonard Komon goes for world half marathon record at first attempt in Berlin

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Leonard Komon hopes to make his half marathon debut one to remember. Speaking at a press conference two days prio to the Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON the Kenyan said he wants to break the world record at his first attempt. Zersenay Tadese (Eritrea) is the current record holder with a time of 58:23 from Lisbon 2010. Ethiopia’s Tadelech Bekele is the favourite in the women’s race while Germany’s Sabrina Mockenhaupt could do well. 30,028 runners have entered the nation’s biggest and best quality half marathon. The race will be shown live on the internet at: www.scc-events.com

Although Berlin has seen plenty of road running world records in the past the half marathon distance does not feature on that list yet. Leonard Komon now wants to
change this. It is an ambitious project for someone who has not run further than 10 miles in competition. But his world records at 10 k and 15 k suggest that the 26 year-old is capable of doing it. With his 10 k time of 26:44 Komon still is the only runner who has broken 27 minutes on the road. At 15 k his world record stands at 41:13.

Moses Mosop runs Prague’s anniversary Marathon

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The organisers of the Volkswagen Prague Marathon have announced one of the biggest names in distance running as their latest recruit for the 20th anniversary edition of the race on May 11: Moses Mosop. The Kenyan’s best time of 2:03:06, achieved in Boston in 2011, makes him the second fastest marathon runner in history. The 28-year-old will also become the fastest runner to compete in the Volkswagen Prague Marathon and there are high hopes that he will crown the anniversary edition with a top class performance. The event is an IAAF Gold Label race, the top category for road racing awarded by the governing body of world athletics.

“In this 20th anniversary year we shall have the biggest events and strongest fields in our history and we are proud that Moses Mosop will add his name to those of the many great runners who have run with us here in Prague: Paul Tergat, Haile Gebrselassie, Stefano Baldini, Patrick Makau, Zersenay Tadese – and now Moses Mosop, known by so many as ‘The Big Engine’”, said Carlo Capalbo, president of the organising team of the Volkswagen Prague Marathon.