Daska, Desisa Crowned Champions of the 14th B.A.A. Half Marathon

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Desisa has triumphant return to Beantown, establishing a course record of 1:00:34 for the half marathon, cruising to victory over Kenyans Daniel Salel and Stephen Sambu - BOSTON (Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014) - On a picture perfect day for racing, Ethiopians Mamitu Daska and Lelisa Desisa (right, image courtesy were crowned champions at the 14th B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Daska established a new event record of 1 hour, 8 minutes, 20 seconds, while Desisa earned his second consecutive B.A.A. Half Marathon victory in 1:01:38, covering the rolling, spectacular course through Boston’s Emerald Necklace park system in style.

The B.A.A. Half Marathon is the third and final event of the 2014 B.A.A. Distance Medley, a three-race series which combines the B.A.A. 5K on April 19, the B.A.A. 10K on June 22, and today's B.A.A. Half Marathon. More than 2000 of the half marathon's entrants were participants in all three races in 2014.

Smiling from ear to ear, the 30-year-old Daska had a race to remember. Through the opening miles, Daska found herself among a lead pack of five that included Kenyans Betsy Saina and Cynthia Limo, as well as American Molly Huddle. Together, they passed five miles in 25:48.

Joyce Chepkirui wins photo finish 31:02 for 10 k, edging out Emily Chebet in Berlin

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World-class performances by Kenyans Joyce Chepkirui and Emily Chebet produced the highlight of the ASICS Grand 10 in Berlin on Sunday. In a photo finish Chepkirui clocked 31:02 in the lunchtime 10 k event, just edging out World Cross Country Champion Chebet who was given the same time. Both Kenyans clocked the third fastest times in the year. Margaret Wangari Muriuki made it an all Kenyan podium with a fine 31:06 for third place. Ethiopia’s Kinde Atanaw took the men’s race with 27:49 from Kenyans Reuben Maiyo (28:04) and Wilson Too (28:07). A record number of 7,389 runners participated in the ASICS Grand 10 in fine weather conditions.

A group of four runners – Atanaw, Maiyo, Too and German Arne Gabius – passed the 5 k mark in 13:48. Little more than a kilometre later the group broke up, with Kinde Atanaw taking the lead. The Ethiopian kept going strong with some wind now slightly slowing the elite runners. With a finishing time of 27:49 the 21 year-old, who has a PB of 27:36, ran his third fastest 10 k time and the fastest in a German 10 k race this year.

Ryan and Sara Hall Headline EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler

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Second edition on Sunday, Nov. 9 features $15,500 in prize money including $5000 American-only prize money - PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R) has announced that U.S. half-marathon record holder Ryan Hall and 4-time world championship team member Sara Hall, husband and wife, will run the 2nd EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler. The race, scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 9, features a guaranteed prize purse of $15,500, including $2500 for each race champion plus new American-only bonuses totaling $5000 as part of P3R’s inaugural American Development Program.

Ryan Hall, 31, holds the U.S. record at the half-marathon distance, clocking 59 minutes, 43 seconds, and the two-time U.S. Olympian has run the fastest marathon all-time by an American (2:04:58 at Boston 2011). Hall will face a formidable men’s field that includes two-time Olympic steeplechase finalist Nahom Mesfin of Ethiopia and 1:01 half-marathoner Leonard Korir of Kenya. Top Americans in the field include first American at last year’s race and former U.S. 25K record holder Fernanda Cabada and Team USA Minnesota teammates Jonathan Grey and Jonathan Peterson.

Stellar Field Announced for 2014 B.A.A. Half Marathon

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2012 U.S. Olympian, 2013 Boston Marathon champion, and 2014 world leaders headline 14th running of event on Sunday, October 12 - BOSTON – A year ago, 2013 Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa (ETH) returned to Boston seeking another victory, this time in the B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. In a brilliant display of courage and determination, Desisa fended off hard challenges from both Daniel Salel (KEN) and Stephen Sambu (KEN), claiming the B.A.A. Half Marathon title in a course record of 1:00:34.

This year, Desisa, Salel, and Sambu will all toe the line once again in Franklin Park, ready to battle for the title of B.A.A. Half Marathon champion.

Desisa, 24, is seeking to become the first men’s champion in event history to successfully defend his title. Over the race’s previous thirteen editions, no male has ever won two B.A.A. Half Marathon crowns before. History won’t deter Desisa, though, who ran a blistering 59:36 at the RAK Half Marathon in the UAE in February.

Braun, Johnson Win Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon

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Seven American athletes qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials; Event weekend welcomed more than 16,000 entrants in its 9th year - SAN JOSE, Calif. (October 5, 2014) - It was a warm morning in San Jose and Aaron Braun knew he had some competition out there. He came out ready to go and looking for the win.

Behind the strength of a strong surge into the lead just past the 11-mile mark, Braun, a 27-year-old from Alamos, Calif., ran in a close pack of five breaking down to two at mile 9. Braun’s tactics resulted in a strong lead to the finish line, crossing the tape in 1 hour, 2 minutes and 56 seconds.

“I wanted to go fast today but with it being warm I set that aside and wanted to go for the win,” Braun said of his performance. “Up next for me is the .US 12K Championships. I won it last year, and I’m trying to go back and win the title. I was two seconds away from the American record.”