New Balance 5th Avenue Mile to Feature Olympians and Runners of All Ages and Abilities

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Rio-bound Team New Balance stars, including four-time 5th Avenue Mile champion Jenny Simpson and five-time 3000m steeplechase national champion Emma Coburn, to compete in race; World’s most iconic road mile race to be streamed live on and to include specialty heats for youth, seniors, and NYPD/FDNY  - NEW YORK (July 21, 2016) —The most iconic road mile race in the world will return to New York City’s most prestigious thoroughfare for its 26th running on Saturday, September 3, with Team New Balance Olympians Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn set to lead the way at the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile, it was announced today by New York Road Runners.

“Bringing in professional athletes such as Jenny and Emma – both Team New Balance Olympians – to race a historic 20-block stretch of New York City is a terrific way to kick off the inaugural New Balance 5th Avenue Mile,” said Peter Ciaccia, president of events for New York Road Runners and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon. “New York Road Runners and New Balance share a powerful commitment to helping athletes and giving back to the communities they are a part of, and we are excited to partner with to ensure fans everywhere will have the chance to watch the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile.”

Vargas, Spence Gracey Win Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago

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The finish line at Sunday’s Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon was nothing but smiles. The annual race, held in the “Windy City” was celebrating its eighth anniversary and thanks to optimal mid-summer conditions with temperatures in the low 70s and clouded skies to keep the heat in check, many participants were rewarded with new personal bests.

Flashing what could be the biggest grin of them all was Mexican Olympic team member Daniel Vargas who was the first runner to break the tape at the finish. Vargas, who wore bib No. 2, rocked the 13.1 miles in one hour, five minutes, and 55 seconds. Fellow countryman Fernando Cervantes came through at the finish line in Chicago’s Grant Park over a minute later in 1:07:00, while Andrew Lemoncello, the pre-race favorite with bib #1, was third in 1:08:55.

Bound for Rio, Jared Ward is Ready to Turn Up the Heat

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ATLANTA – July 3, 2016Heading into his last race before making his Olympic debut, Jared Ward has come to the right place at the right time.

“The weather in Rio will, with a pretty good certainty, be 75 degrees and 70 percent humidity, which is oddly similar to what we’ll probably have early Monday morning,” said Ward, one of the top Americans in the field for Monday’s AJC Peachtree Road Race. “So it should be a good simulator.”

The forecast, as of 2 p.m. Sunday, was for temperatures in the mid-70s and humidity between 70 and 80 percent at the start of the elite men’s race.

AJC Peachtree Road Race Press Conference Highlights

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ATLANTA – July 1, 2016From Scott Overall and Ben Payne, who last year battled to the closest finish in race history, to 91-year-old world record-holder Betty Lindberg, the theme of Friday morning’s kickoff press conference to the AJC Peachtree Road Race was “never give up.”

The largest road race in the U.S. and largest 10K in the world, the AJC Peachtree Road Race will be run for the 47th time on Monday morning, July 4, with approximately 60,000 runners on the start line for what Mary Ford, chair of Atlanta Track Club’s board of directors, called “both a tradition and a destination,” showcasing participants of all ages and abilities.

Highlighting the press conference was the return of 2016 champion Scott Overall and runner-up Ben Payne, who last year battled to the closest finish in race history when Overall came from behind in the closing moments to edge Payne at the line by 9/100ths of a second to win in 29:30.

Hometown Hero Flanagan Sets American Record at B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women's Hospital

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American Olympian Shalane Flanagan, Kenyan Daniel Chebii win sixth annual B.A.A. 10K titles - BOSTON – On a picture perfect summer day, Massachusetts native Shalane Flanagan cruised to an American record at the sixth annual B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women's Hospital. Preparing for the Olympic Marathon later this summer, Flanagan motored her way to a time of 30:52, shattering both the national and event records. For the men, Daniel Chebii of Kenya won his American road racing debut in 27:55. In total, 7,805 participants finished this year's B.A.A. 10K, the largest in event history. The B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women's Hospital, is an IAAF Bronze Label road race.

"There's just nothing better than hearing the chants of 'Go USA!'" said Flanagan, describing what it meant to set an American record in her home city. "There's just nothing better than running at home before we go and represent our country in Rio.