Only a few weeks ago the Kenyan Geoffrey Ronoh made headlines when he beat world-class marathon stars Wilson Kipsang and Dennis Kimetto to win the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon even though he began the race as a pacemaker. He’ll soon be back for another big race in the RunCzech Running League when he lines up over 10 km against more big names from Kenyan athletics in the Birell Prague Grand Prix. Top of the list will be Geoffrey Mutai, the fastest marathon runner of all time. The Birell Prague Grand Prix is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, the top category of international road races.
Two-time New Balance Falmouth Road Race champion Micah Kogo returns to defend his title - FALMOUTH, Mass. (July 30, 2014)— The second-fastest 10K athlete in history, the fastest 10K runner in the world so far this year, and the new American Record-holder for a women-only 10K join 2014 Boston Marathon winnerMeb Keflezighi in headlining the 42nd running of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race, race organizers announced.
They, along with the rest of the elite-athlete field, will be vying for a share of the $89,500 in total prize money awarded to top finishers in the 7-mile race from Woods Hole to Falmouth Heights, which begins at 9:00 AM Sunday, August 17, and the Falmouth Mile, which kicks off at 5:00 PM on Saturday, August 16, at the James Kalperis Track at Falmouth High School. Rosters for the Mile will be announced soon.
Kara Goucher makes her comeback from a stress fracture at the Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half-Marathon where she faces US marathon record-holder Deena Kastor - Top US distance-runner Kara Goucher will make her return to competitive action at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half-Marathon on 21 September.
The 36-year-old was initially targeting a summer track season until a stress fracture of her sacrum forced her to cancel these plans. Having fully recovered from the third stress fracture of her career, the next goal is a big-city marathon in the autumn.
Goucher, who has a lifetime best at the half-marathon of 66:57, will be joined on the start-line by the age-defying Deena Kastor, who preceded Goucher as the leading American female distance-runner.
Boston Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo scored a convincing victory in the Bogota International Half-Marathon, while Geoffrey Kamworor led a Kenyan clean sweep in the men's race - Boston Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo took a runaway victory at the 15th edition of the Bogota International Half-Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (27).
Jeptoo is one of the fastest half-marathoners in history with a 66:27 lifetime best but this time was never going to be threatened in the Colombian capital city, which sits at an altitude of 2640 metres.
The Kenyan appeared to be in great shape nonetheless, as she defeated a very strong field by a substantial margin. Jeptoo, who is building up for the Chicago Marathon this October, took the spoils in 73:39 and finished almost two minutes ahead of Mare Dibaba from Ethiopia, a sub-2:20 marathon-runner at her very best, second in 75:34.
Women’s field also includes sub-4:30 minute Milers Sarah Brown, Gabriele Grunewald and Lauren Penney; 3rd edition in downtown Pittsburgh features new American Pro Mile with a $20,000 prize purse; 4th stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour - PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Two-time defending champion Heather Kampf of Team USA Minnesota is going for a three-peat at the 2014 GNC Live Well Liberty Mile, scheduled for Friday evening, Aug. 1 in downtown Pittsburgh. Kampf, 27, will face a formidable field of sub-4:30 minute Milers, including Americans Gabriele Grunewald, Sarah Brown and Lauren Penney.
“It’s great to be going into the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile as returning champ to build confidence, but I always go into my races knowing it won’t be easy,” said Kampf, who is known as the Queen of the Road Miles. “This is a highly competitive field, and I have a ton of respect for the ladies I will be competing with.”
Last year, Kampf won her second GNC Live Well Liberty Mile crown, clocking an event record time of 4 minutes, 32 seconds.