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2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Application Period Opens March 8

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Registration will be conducted through a system of guaranteed entry options as well as through a non-guaranteed entry drawing. The 39th race will take place on Sunday, October 9 in scenic Grant Park. - CHICAGO - Te Bank of America Chicago Marathon has announced that runner applications will be accepted for the 2016 event beginning Tuesday, March 8, by visiting chicagomarathon.com. Registration will be conducted through a system of guaranteed entry options as well as through a non-guaranteed entry drawing. The 39th race will take place on Sunday, October 9 in scenic Grant Park.

Individuals unable to meet the criteria for guaranteed entry may apply through the non-guaranteed entry drawing which will open on Tuesday, March 15. Runners will have until Tuesday, April 12, to apply for either a guaranteed and non-guaranteed entry. The cost of an entry is $185 for United States residents and $210 for those residing outside of the United States.

"The Bank of America Chicago Marathon attracts runners from across the United States and around the world to run the iconic streets of our city," said Carey Pinkowski, executive race director. "With 37,459 runners crossing the finish line of the 2015 event, we anticipate once again welcoming a large contingency of runners - both first-timers and marathon veterans - to Chicago in October. The 2016 Chicago Marathon will be here before we know it!"

Abdirahman Leading the Way for Olympic Hopefuls at Rock 'n' Roll Arizona

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Four-time U.S. Olympian Abdi Abdirahman to pace sub-1:05 half-marathon group on last day of qualifying; More than 20,000 runners will hit the pavement this weekend for 13th edition event - PHOENIX (January 14, 2016) - While long-distance running may appear to be a solitary affair, if you ask four-time U.S. Olympian Abdi Abdirahman, you will most likely get a shake of the head. The 39-year-old pro, who enjoys the moniker “Black Cactus,” will be toeing the start line at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon on Jan. 17 in Tempe with one big goal in mind: Help his fellow elite runners qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon is the last chance for many runners to qualify for the Trials on Feb. 13 in Los Angeles. A blistering time of one hour and five seconds for 13.1 miles, which equates to 4:57 per mile, is required for men to book their ticket to the Trials. The top three runners in that event are then selected to represent the U.S. at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

On Sunday, Abdirahman will be leading the 1:04:45 group. “I’m looking forward to heading to Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona,” he says. “It’s the last day for people to qualify for the Olympic Trials so my goal is to run hard, run solid and help as many people get across that line under 65 minutes.”

John Hancock Financial Announces 2016 Boston Marathon International Elite Field

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38 elite athletes from 12 countries invited for 120th running of the historic race on Monday, April 18 - BOSTON  (January 13, 2016) — In its 31st year as principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, John Hancock Financial today announced the elite field for the 120th running of the Boston Marathon on April 18. A complete field list follows.

Boston Marathon champions Lelisa Desisa, Caroline Rotich, Geoffrey Mutai and Wesley Korir return to compete in the world’s most historic marathon, and will be strongly challenged by an exceptional men’s and women’s international field. Combined, the team has won 16 Abbott World Marathon Majors, Olympic and IAAF World Championships medals, and 89 global marathons.

The chase for the 2016 men’s title will be dynamic with six men in the field holding personal bests under 2:05, and 10 with lifetime bests under 2:06.

A Run to Ring in 2016

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Runners got an early start on their new year’s resolutions at the NYRR Midnight Run, setting off for four miles in Central Park at the stroke of midnight. The night's festivities began with dancing, face painting, and plenty of photo opportunities, as well as a resolution wall where runners put their goals for the new year in writing.

As the clock struck 12:00, a spectacular fireworks show signaled the start of the race, closing 2015 and opening 2016 with a bang.

At the front of the pack, a group of Boston-based runners swept the top two places for both men and women. The Boston Athletic Association’s Daniel Winn, true to his name, took first overall in 18:34, followed by Louis Serafini in 18:40. Winn’s teammates Sarah Pagano and Katie Matthews led the women’s field in 21:13 and 21:16, respectively.

20,000 runners set to race the Big Apple

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Some 20,000 runners are set to contest the United Airlines NYC Half next March while 1000 students will be able to savour the atmosphere by taking part in the NYRR Times Square Kids’ Run - The 2016 United Airlines NYC Half set for 20 March will feature 20,000 runners in the 13.1-mile race and 1,000 students in the second annual NYRR Times Square Kids’ Run at the United Airlines NYC Half. The runner field was selected in an entry drawing held on 10 December, while the professional field which could include reigning champions Leonard Korir and Molly Huddle will be announced in early 2016.

“One of the world’s most iconic half-marathons returns to the streets of New York City as runners head from Harlem to Battery Park in the 2016 United Airlines NYC Half,” said Peter Ciaccia, president of events for NYRR and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon.

“This race has it all, from a global array of 20,000 runners including a professional field featuring many who will be competing in Rio at the 2016 Summer Olympics, to 1,000 kids running through Times Square, to a live television broadcast. The 11th running of the United Airlines NYC Half is poised to be the best ever.”