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Bawcom Sets American Record, Wins USA Women's 10 Mile Championship

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Men’s top two finishers separated by less than a second at the 42nd Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile; Christo Landry places sixth overall to win USA Men’s 10 Mile Championship title - WASHINGTON, DC (April 6, 2013) -  U.S. Olympian Janet Bawcom ran 10 miles in 52 minutes, 12 seconds this morning to set the single-gender American record at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, pending verification by USA Track & Field officials at their annual meeting in December. In doing so, Bawcom, from Flagstaff, Ariz., broke the record she set here a year ago by a whopping 1:16, and pulled American Sara Hall under her former record time as well; Hall ran 52:54, in a very impressive debut over the distance.

Both the Men’s and Women’s USA 10 Mile Championships Presented by America’s Credit Unions were held in conjunction with the 42nd Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run and, as such, took place amidst highly competitive international races.

Transamerica Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Draws Thousands to San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO – April 6, 2014 – More than 10,500 runners toured the scenic streets of San Francisco at the 2nd annual Transamerica Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on Sunday, April 6, 2014. The new 2014 course started at the Pacific Ocean on Great Highway, ran across two lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge and finished on Polk Street at Civic Center Plaza.

Local runner Chris Mocko led the men’s race right off the starting line, eventually breaking the tape—or rather, playing “limbo” with it—in 1 hour, 10 minutes and 28 seconds to successfully defend his title from a year ago. Elle Pishny of San Francisco also took advantage of her familiar surroundings, cruising to victory for the second straight year in 1:23:53.

Joyce Chepkirui breaks course record in Prague with 66:19

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Joyce Chepkirui fulfilled the expectations and clocked a world-class time of 66:19 to win the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon on Saturday. Dominating the race from the start, she set a course record and also the fifth fastest time ever run on a record eligible course. Fellow-Kenyan Emily Chebet took second in 68:28 and Ethiopia’s Wude Ayalew followed in third with 69:23. The men’s race also produced very fast times in fine weather conditions. Kenya’s Peter Kirui dominated the race and was rewarded with a personal best of 59:22, the sixth fastest in this year. Mosinet Geremew of Ethiopia was second with 59:54 and Kenya’s Daniel Wanjiru followed in 59:59. All three men set personal bests. With regard to the two winning times the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon produced the best race of the year so far. 12,500 runners entered the event, which is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Joyce Chepkirui is ready for attack on course record with possible extra surprise in store

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Joyce Chepkirui says she’s in the kind of form to run the best race of her career at Saturday’s Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon. The Kenyan, who is a training partner of world half marathon record holder Florence Kiplagat, targets a time well under the course record of 66:48, set by the World 10,000 m silver medallist Gladys Cherono last year. But the competition will be tough, including the World Cross Country Champion Emily Chebet. The men’s race also has high qualitz with eight runners who have personal bests of sub 61 minutes. The Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race. Its popularity continues to grow on the broad scale with full entry capacity of 12,500 reached last December.

A year ago Joyce Chepkirui was unlucky when she suffered of an Achilles tedon problem during her marathon debut in London. She still managed to finish, but 2:35:54 and 15th place was obviously not what she had hoped for. There are no problems before Saturday’s race and Chepkirui has in the meantime produced a stunning performance when she concentrated on shorter distances. In Berlin’s 10 k race Asics Grand 10 the 25 year-old won with 30:37 minutes last October. This puts her in sixth position in the world alltime list, only 16 seconds away from the world record.

Deena Kastor to Compete in More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women's Half- Marathon

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Kastor will defend her 2013 title at the 11th edition race in Central Park on Sunday, April 13 - NEW YORK — Olympic medalist and American record-holder Deena Kastor will compete in the 11th edition More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half Marathon on Sunday, April 13, it was announced by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.

“Deena is such an inspiring role model for the empowerment that women are able to demonstrate through running,” said Wittenberg. “The More/Fitness Half-Marathon is an amazing event.  To have Deena on hand, defending her title during another record-setting year, will be the highlight of the race weekend.”