Roads

9TH RAK HALF MARATHON FASTER THAN EVER?

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The question, in the last days before this year's RAK Half Marathon, after eight years of consistent record-breaking and astonishingly fast elite racing, should perhaps not be “Will it be a good day?”, but “How great a day will it be?”. Last year, eight men broke the one hour mark while nine women went under seventy minutes. And for this year's race on Friday 13th February, the course is faster still.

The men's favourite is Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge, who at just 18, became 5,000m world champion in 2003. Almost 12 years later, he is a formidable road racer, with three wins out of his four marathon starts and a half marathon best of 59:25 which is due for significant revision. In 2014, just his second season at the marathon, he won both Rotterdam and Chicago marathons. For many, the question now is just how much faster can he go?

On comeback trail, Ritzenhein to race twice next week

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Marathon-runner Dathan Ritzenhein will compete in two cross-country races on European soil next week on the road to the US Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles in February 2016 - Dathan Ritzenhein will be competing in two cross-country races in Europe next week as part of his comeback from a succession of injuries which limited him to just one competitive outing - a low-key ten-mile race - in 2014.

Ritzenhein, who was plagued by persistent groin and ankle injuries last year, will be racing over 10km in the famous Campaccio Cross Country race in San Giorgio su Legnano on Tuesday (6) before stepping down to 4km at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country on Saturday (10).

U.S. Junior Record Set at Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

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AN JOSE, Calif.   –  Alexa Efraimson, 17, shattered the previous U.S. 5K road record for Junior women (ages 19-and-under) with a time of 16 minutes and 8 seconds at the 10th Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot” in San Jose, Calif. on November 27, 2014 (Thanksgiving Day). Competing in the elite women’s section of the 5-kilometer race, the high school senior from Camas, Wash. placed ninth overall. The previous Junior record of 16:23 was set by U.S. standout Molly Huddle in 2002.

USA Track & Field has officially approved (ratified) Efraimson’s mark as a new U.S. Junior record.
            
The magnitude of Efraimson’s performance is reflected in the fact that Huddle is a two-time U.S. women’s outdoor 5,000 meter record holder. The 30-year-old Huddle set her current U.S. record of 14:42.64 this past July at a track meet in Monaco.

Huddle signs up for 2015 NYC Half

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The field for the tenth edition of the 2015 United Airlines NYC Half was selected in an entry drawing yesterday (9) and will feature some 20,000 runners headed by an elite field which is set to include leading American distance-runner Molly Huddle.

Runners of all abilities will be lining up for the half-marathon in Central Park on 15 March next year, including New York Giants football player Tiki Barber who will be running the race for charity.

“We are thrilled to welcome thousands of runners to the beginning of their United Airlines NYC Half journey,” said NYRR CEO and president Mary Wittenberg.

Japan comes from behind to win Chiba Ekiden

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For the first time in five years, host nation Japan won the Chiba International Ekiden, a mixed six-stage relay held over the marathon distance on Monday (24), coming from behind to overhaul defending champions Kenya on the sixth and final stage.

The race started with Australia and New Zealand fighting for the lead on the first stage, but then Russia took over the lead on stage two. The third and fourth stages were between Russia and Japan, but the race truly got going on the fifth stage over 10km when Matthew Kisorio brought Kenya from sixth to first, making up a minute deficit to set a stage record of 27:42.

Going into the final stage, three-time winners Kenya led Japan by eight seconds, but Asian Games 10,000m bronze medallist Ayumi Hagiwara passed Kenya’s anchor Mercy Kibarus to give Japan the victory.