Kara Goucher and Elisha Barno Take Titles in the Half Marathon on Monterey Bay

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Monterey, CA -- Two-time U.S. Olympian Kara Goucher and Kenyan Elisha Barno pulled away from deep fields to record the second-best race times ever and capture the overall titles ahead of nearly 7,000 runners at the 13th Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay.

Both athletes, first-timers on the scenic course through downtown Monterey and Pacific Grove, California, proved they didn’t need experience on the mostly-flat route as both distanced their peers in the last five miles. 

A $20,000 purse of prize money and bonuses, the largest for a half marathon in the western U.S., was distributed among the top eight male and female runners and top three masters runners along with bonuses for the top three American finishers and any U.S. runner who qualified for the 2016 Olympic Marathon trials at the race.

Fast times aplenty set in Philadelphia Half Marathon

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Many people win races by breaking the tape with their chest but not Timothy Ritchie, the winner of the Rock ’n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon on Saturday (31). The 28-year-old took down the finish tape with a confident punch that resembled the famous fictional boxer, Rocky, at the steps of the city’s iconic Art Museum.
And Ritchie had every reason to celebrate, taking the win in 61:22 which was a personal record by 38 seconds. His victory on Saturday was a commanding one as he ran nearly nine of the 13 miles unchallenged. One of the pre-race favourites, Bobby Curtis dropped out after leading the race for the first three miles.
“The race felt great,” Ritchie said afterwards while draped in an enormous American flag. “It was a big PR for me. I know a lot of the guys racing today and it was fun to be going for PRs with them.”

Meb Keflezighi Breaks U.S. Masters Half Marathon Record at 10th Annual Rock ’n’ Roll San Jose

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SAN JOSE – Sept. 27, 2015 – Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon welcomed more than 14,000 runners over race weekend. In addition to a field of world-class elite athletes and nearly 100 runners vying for an Olympic Trials qualifying time, 49ers legend Roger Craig (joined San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo in running the half marathon today.

Running side by side through the Rose Garden neighborhood of San Jose just before Mile 10 on Sunday morning, Meb Keflezighi took a glance at Jordan Chipangama to his right before putting his head down and charging up a small incline.

Eliud Kipchoge considers mental sharpness is the crucial factor as the Berlin champion turns his attention to Olympic Marathon in Rio

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Given his status as the current unofficial world number one in the men’s marathon, following Sunday’s win in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON to complete a triumphant year at the distance which began with an equally commanding victory in London in April, Eliud Kipchoge’s approach to peak performance provides a lesson to any runner, whether elite or those among the 41,000 and more who followed him through the Brandenburg Gate to the finish line.

Reflecting on his career so far a few hours after victory in Berlin, Kipchoge emphasized that he and his longterm coach Patrick Sang, the Olympic silver medallist in the steeplechase in 1992, regard maintaining mental freshness as even more important than physical conditioning. Kipchoge is, of course, in superb shape and has demonstrated his ability for more than a decade, winning the World 5,000m title against Kenenisa Bekele in Paris in 2003 and following that with a silver medal at the same distance four years later and an Olympic silver in Beijing in 2008. But their philosophy offers a wider framework than a mantra of “Train Hard, Win Easy.”

Deena Kastor Ties Women’s Masters 5K Record at Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose

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SAN JOSE – September 26, 2015 – Deena Kastor is at an age where most pros hang up their racing flats, but nothing appears to be stopping this American distance-running. Today she tied the women’s US and World Masters record in the 5K in 15:48, winning the women’s Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K and placing third overall. The women’s 5K Masters Record was previously set by Colleen De Reuck in Albany, NY in 2004. 

“I felt really good about the race,” said Kastor, who won the 2011 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon in 1:12:23, which was her first win since giving birth to her daughter Piper. “It’s a celebration out here today whether we reach our goals or not. I came out here and gave it my best. There was not one point on the course I could have pushed harder to get a faster time. I’m really happy with my effort. I feel like Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose is an underestimated destination for fast times.”