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Meb Keflezighi Wins USATF Masters Title at Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon

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92-year-old Harriette Thompson becomes oldest woman in the world to run a marathon - SAN DIEGO (May 31, 2015) – San Diego lived up to its nickname as “America’s Finest City” this weekend. More than 26,000 athletes ran through its streets at theSuja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & 1/2 Marathon on Sunday and the new Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K on Saturday.

The half-marathon doubled as the USATF Masters Half Marathon Championships and 40-year-old Meb Keflezighi, competing in his first race as a master, took home the title with a time of 1:02:29. The fastest ever half-marathon run by a master.

For Keflezighi, an Olympic silver medalist and winner of both the Boston and New York City Marathons, the race was especially memorable considering that the 40-year-old broke two American masters records enroute (10 mile and 15K) and ended up with the USATF Masters title—his first. Jen Rhines from Boston won the women’s masters race in 1:16:36.

Chebet to chase third title in Albany

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Kenya's Emily Chebet will be looking to claim her third title on a new-look course at the 37th edition of the Freihofer's Run for Women 5K on 30 May  - The longstanding rivalry between Kenyan and Ethiopian distance runners will be renewed when the 37th Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race, takes place on 30 May.

These two proud running nations are no strangers to New York’s capital city, and both countries have won three titles apiece over the past six years.

This year’s line-up is headed by Emily Chebet, who is looking to close in on her third victory in Albany after triumphing in 2010 and 2013 respectively.

Chebet’s winning time of 15:12 set in 2010 stands as an event record, although a different course has been put in place for this year’s edition.

Keflezighi returns to his roots for San Diego Half Marathon

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Meb Keflezighi, who turned 40 earlier this month, will be making his masters debut on home-soil at the Suja Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Half Marathon on 31 May - 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi will return to his hometown of San Diego to run the 18th edition of the Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon on 31 May.

The race has been selected to host the USATF Masters Half Marathon Championships, and Keflezighi will make his masters debut at the event. He previously won the half-marathon in 2011 and 2012.

Keflezighi turned 40 on 5 May but the veteran shows no sign of slowing down. His winning time in the Boston Marathon last year of 2:08:37 was his fastest marathon to date and since then, Keflezighi placed fifth in New York Marathon in November before returning to Boston to finish a solid eighth last month.

World-Class Women’s Field to Compete at 2015 Oakley New York Mini 10K

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2014 TCS New York City Marathon champion Mary Keitany, 2015 Boston Marathon champion Caroline Rotich, and two-time IAAF World Marathon Championships gold medalist Edna Kiplagat to lead international competitors - New York, May 21, 2015—Marathon champions Mary Keitany, Caroline Rotich, and Edna Kiplagat, all from Kenya, will lead a distinguished field of professional women representing 10 countries at the 2015 Oakley New York Mini 10K on Saturday, June 13, in Central Park, it was announced today by Peter Ciaccia, president of events for New York Road Runners. Annie Bersagel, competing in her third Oakley New York Mini 10K, will lead the American women.

“We are excited to welcome such an elite field of women from across the globe to the storied history of the Oakley New York Mini 10K, one of NYRR’s most recognizable heritage events,” said Ciaccia, who also serves as the race director of the TCS New York City Marathon. “Our pro field featuring Mary, Caroline, Edna, and Annie will run with thousands of women of all ages and abilities. This race has always been a celebration of the power of women in sport, and this year's edition might be our best ever.”

Wilson Kipsang and Geoffrey Ronoh are set to renew their rivalry while Mary Keitany makes her RunCzech debut in Olomouc

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(Photo: Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon) The sixth edition of the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon will feature the latest episode of the duelling training partners when Wilson Kipsang and Geoffrey Ronoh stand on the start line in the Czech Republic on Saturday, June 20 while the Kenyan theme of excellence will be boosted by the women’s former world record holder at the distance, Mary Keitany. The Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label road race and forms part of the seven events in the RunCzech series.

A year ago Wilson Kipsang was the world record holder in the marathon and Geoffrey Ronoh a little known member of Kipsang’s illustrious training group in Kenya. That impression changed dramatically in the course of just over one hour as Ronoh beat Kipsang by eight seconds to win the Olomouc title in 60:17, his debut at the distance and only his second race at elite level outside of Kenya. The duo, who remain training partners, will renew their rivalry and both have shown the kind of form in 2015 which suggests another epic contest is in prospect.