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Goucher to return in Philadelphia

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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 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

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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 P

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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.

Meb Returns to 2014 New Balance Falmouth Road Race

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2014 Boston Marathon champion will also appear at Health & Fitness Expo and host charity run - FALMOUTH, Mass. - Meb Keflezighi, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist who in April became the first American man since 1983 to win the Boston Marathon, will compete in the New Balance Falmouth Road Race on August 17, race organizers announced.

“I am so happy to be coming back to Falmouth,” said Keflezighi, who will be on the starting line in Woods Hole for the first time since 2009.  “The Falmouth Road Race is run on one of the most beautiful courses I’ve ever seen, and the people there have embraced me as if I’ve lived on-Cape all of my life. I always run well there, and to return now as the Boston Marathon champion makes it even more special, knowing that so many of my Falmouth friends were there and cheering me on.”

This will be the fourth time Keflezighi has run the New Balance Falmouth Road Race. He has twice finished as runner-up, in 2007 and 2008, and in 2009 he placed fifth. Each time, he was the first American finisher.

World champions top the bill in Bogota

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World half-marathon champions Geoffrey Kamworor and Gladys Cherono will be targeting victories at the Bogota International Half-Marathon this weekend - World half-marathon champions Geoffrey Kamworor and Gladys Cherono will be aiming for high-profile victories in the 15th edition of the Bogota International Half-Marathon - just one of two races in South America to hold IAAF Gold Label status - on 27 July.

Kamworor, who set a world-leading mark of 59:08 to win the world half-marathon title in Copenhagen this spring, won’t approach this mark in the Colombian capital, which sits at an altitude of 2640 metres. In fact, his winning time last year was almost five minutes slower than his world-leading mark at 63:46.

The front-running Kenyan will be aiming to become just the second runner to defend this title. He faces a field including Nguse Tesfaldet, who finished fifth in the world half; 59:19 performer Tilahun Regassa from Ethiopia; and Kamworor’s team-mate Dickson Chumba.