Defending Champs Huddle and Braun Return to .US National 12K

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The .US National 12K is the season-capping race to the USA Running Circuit (USARC), a series of races that annually provides nearly $1 million in prize money to American runners - INDIANAPOLIS -- 2013 .US National 12K champions Molly Huddle (Providence, Rhode Island) and Aaron Braun (Ft. Collins, Colorado) are back for more, as both athletes have confirmed their participation in the 2014 .US National 12K on Sunday, November 16 in Alexandria, Virginia.

The .US National 12K is the season-capping race to the USA Running Circuit (USARC), a series of races that annually provides nearly $1 million in prize money to American runners. Elite athletes will vie for a combined $100,000 in prize money in Alexandria.

2013 was the inaugural .US race, which saw Huddle set a new world best over 12K in 37 minutes, 50 seconds. Since then, the 2012 Olympian has dominated both the track and the roads, and currently carries a USARC winning streak of six races (3/15/12) into the .US National 12K. Huddle is the American record holder over 5,000 meters, finishing in 14:42.64 at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco this year. She won the New York Mini 10K in 31:37, setting an American record for an all-women’s road 10K and becoming the first American Mini champion since Deena Kastor in 2004.

Huddle, Estrada Sprint to Victories at USA 5 km Championships

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PROVIDENCE -- Molly Huddlewon her third straight USA 5 km title, as she pulled away in the late stages of Sunday’s race, while Diego Estradaused a furious kick to the finish to run to his first USA title at the USA 5 km Championships in Providence, Rhode Island, hosted by the CVS Health Downtown 5k.

The USA 5 km Championships are the tenth stop on the USA Running Circuit, which concludes this fall with the .US National 12K. The top ten finishers at each race on the circuit qualify to compete in the 2014 .US National 12k which takes place Sunday, November 16 in Alexandria, Virginia.

In usual style, Huddle jumped to the lead Sunday morning, as the energy from her hometown Providence crowd fueled the USA 5,000m record holder to push a strong opening pace. While Huddle led the early stages, she was closely followed by teammates Jordan Hasayand Mary Cain, along with 2013 runner-up Emily Infeld.

The large pack started to thin out around the halfway point, as Huddle continued to push the pace. While Cain slipped back into the chase back, Hasay and Infeld stuck with Huddle until the two-mile mark, when Infeld started to fall off the pace and the race became a two woman race.

Deena Kastor Sets Four World Masters Records at Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia

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41-year-old Kastor clocks 1:09:36 to finish third at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon; Karoki completes personal best - PHILADELPHIA – (Sept. 21, 2014) – Nothing appears to be stopping American distance-running ace Deena Kastor. The 41-year-old Olympic bronze medalist and American marathon-record holder added another mark to her impressive and extensive resume this weekend: the Masters world record in the half marathon. Kastor, who lives and trains in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., clocked 1 hour, 9 minutes and 36 seconds to finish third at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon on Sunday morning

Along the way, Kastor also set three more Masters world records at 15K (49:03), 10 miles (52:41) and 20K (1:05:52). She also broke her own American Masters half-marathon record of 1:11:38.

 Her showing was a 20-second improvement over the previous world best set by Russia’s Irina Permitina in 2008.

Simpson Delivers, McNamara Surprises on Fifth Avenue

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Jordan McNamara outsprints Garrett Heath to win men's race in 3:51.0. - NEW YORK (Sept. 13, 2014) — Jenny Simpson had all the momentum—and the pressure—when she lined up for the 2014 NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile. She’s the reigning Diamond League 1500-meter champion and the second-fastest American ever at that distance, and she’d be defending her 2013 Fifth Avenue title. But with 2012 race champion and U.S. Olympian Brenda Martinez, hometown favorite Mary Cain, and 15 more world-class women in the field who’d be keying off Simpson, the race looked ripe for an upset.

Simpson didn’t flinch. At the starting horn, she went straight to the front. A phalanx followed closely—until 200 meters to go, when Simpson built a three-meter lead. It looked like a wire-to-wire win, until Martinez’ fierce sprint brought her to Simpson’s shoulder. She got no further, and Simpson crossed the line in 4:19.4—the sixth-fastest time in the race’s 34 runnings—to hold off Martinez by two-tenths of a second and become the first three-time women’s winner in the event’s history. Newcomer Ciara Mageean of Ireland took third in 4:21.2.

Ritzenhein Leads U.S. Men at Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon

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Three-time U.S. Olympian joins other American stars Deena Kastor, Kara Goucher and Bernard Lagat at 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival Philadelphia - PHILADELPHIA - Three-time U.S. Olympian and 2009 IAAF World Half-Marathon bronze medalist Dathan Ritzenhein ("Ritz") will lead the U.S. men at the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival Philadelphia on September 19-21, 2014. The event, now in its 37th year and renowned throughout the world, is known for its record performances as the scene of five world records, five U.S. marks and numerous age-group records.

Ritz joins a weekend line up of world-class athletes in Philadelphia this year. The men’s half-marathon field includes Kenyans Geoffrey Mutai, Cyprian Kotut and Bedan Karoki, who have all run under an hour for the distance. The women’s race will feature the two fastest Americans at the half-marathon (13.1 miles) distance in history Deena Kastor and Kara Goucher. Headlining Saturday’s first ever Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K is U.S. Olympian Bernard Lagat, one of the world’s all-time great distance runners.