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Sefir and Jelela lead Ethiopian dominance at Ottawa Marathon

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Ethiopians dominated both the men’s and women’s races filling all but one of the podium places at the 2016 Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (29).

Under warm and humid conditions Dino Sefir ran away from what had been considered a very tightly competitive group to win in 2:08:14. The 2012 Olympian outlasted pacers who reached only 25km before dropping out, as well as his countryman Shura Kitata, to earn himself the victor’s laurels. 

Kitata, a 19-year-old who burst onto the scene a year ago after running 2:08:53 in his marathon debut in Shanghai, was second in 2:10:04 with Kenya’s Dominic Ondoro third in 2:11:39.

UAE Healthy Kidney 10K Recap

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Both winners received a $25,000 check – tied for the largest first-place prize of any 10K race in the world – which was presented to them by NYRR Young Runners - New York, May 14, 2016—The Kenyan delegation took five of the six podium spots at the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K on Saturday, May 14, in Central Park, with Lucas Rotich claiming the top men’s spot in 28:29 and Cynthia Limo finishing first on the women’s side in 31:39.

Both winners received a $25,000 check – tied for the largest first-place prize of any 10K race in the world – which was presented to them by NYRR Young Runners.

Rotich, who had begun his 2016 racing season with a win at the Lake Biwa Marathon in Japan, triumphed in his UAE Healthy Kidney 10K debut with an eight-second victory over compatriot and United Airlines NYC Half runner-up, Wilson Chebet. Ethiopia’s Teshome Mekonen, just 20 years old, was third in 28:47.

Ben Blankenship Shatters Medtronic TC 1 Mile Record

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The Minnesota natives each earned $5000 for their victories, with Blankenship pocketing an additional $10,000 for breaking Nick Willis’ 2013 mark of 3:56.1 - MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – May 12, 2016 – Ben Blankenship broke the event record at the Medtronic TC 1 Mile with a runaway 3 minute, 55.8 second victory to claim his first USATF1 Mile Road title. Heather Kampf won her fourth USATF 1 Mile Road title and third event title clocking 4:34.2.

The Minnesota natives each earned $5000 for their victories, with Blankenship pocketing an additional $10,000 for breaking Nick Willis’ 2013 mark of 3:56.1.

“I feel great about it. I wanted to come out here and dominate from the front,” the Stillwater native said. “I was able to execute on the plan. I could kind of guestimate where I was based on the course record. At 1200-meters I knew I had a little bit of leeway, but not enough. I didn’t want to break it by too much, if I come back again next year.”

Mazda Becomes Presenting Sponsor of USA TODAY Sports Active Alliance Running Series

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MAZDA becomes “Official Presenting Sponsor” of the country’s finest marathon series - McLean, Va., (May 10, 2016) – USA TODAY SPORTS and Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) today announced an exciting new partnership around the USA TODAY Sports Active Alliance – a network of the country’s finest independent marathons.

Southern California’s Serna Soars to First Place in Fifth Annual Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort

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Jennifer Serna wins first place running her first runDisney race; Tinker Bell Half Marathon celebrates fifth anniversary; More than 24,000 runners celebrate a pixie-dusted Mother’s Day Weekend at Disneyland Resort - ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 8, 2016) – With faith, trust and plenty of pixie power, Orange County, Calif. resident Jennifer Serna flew in first place in the fifth annual Tinker Bell Half Marathon presented by PANDORA Jewelry at Disneyland Resort on Sunday. The 31-year-old runner dashed by her competition, finishing in one hour, 25 minutes, 29 seconds. Kellie Nickerson of Albuquerque, New Mexico, fluttered in as the second place female finisher, clocking at 1:29:41.

 “It was a surreal experience. All the cast members and locals were supportive,” Serna said. “Running through the park was really fun and exhilarating, I didn’t even feel like I was running.”

A resident of Fullerton, Calif., Serna works for a running shop and participated in the race as a Mother’s Day celebration, running in honor of her daughter and to support her local running club.