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. 

Fresh Off American Record, Huddle Headlines USA 7 Mile Championships

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INDIANAPOLIS – Coming off her American 5,000m record of 14:42.64 a week ago in Monaco, Molly Huddle looks to take home another national championship Saturday at the USA 7 Mile Championships in Davenport, Iowa, hosted by the Quad-City Times Bix 7.

The USA 7 Mile Championships are the eighth stop on the 2014 USA Running Circuit, which concludes this fall with the .US National Road Racing Championships. The top ten finishers at each race on the circuit qualify to compete in the .US National Road Racing Championships.

Huddle leads the women’s field, while having a career year. The 2012 Olympian set personal bests on the track this season over the mile, 5,000m and 10,000m distances, while running sub-1:10 in the half marathon back in March. Her consistency, front running tenacity and growing confidence makes Huddle the favorite heading into Saturday’s race.

Shalane Flanagan Puts On a Show at Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago

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American running star blazes half-marathon in 1:09:45, while earning first ever Remix Challenge medal; Andy Wacker of Boulder wins men’s race; NFL legend Roger Craig among notable finishers; Post race concert headlined by Cold War Kids caps an action packed Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival weekend - CHICAGO (July 20, 2014) – The Windy City didn’t live up to its name today, as ideal summertime conditions greeted more than 20,000 entrants for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival in Chicago. The event featured two days of running and the first ever Remix Challenge in which runners earned a special medal for completing a race on Saturday and Sunday.

Headlining the festival weekend was America’s top female distance runner Shalane Flanagan, who became the first ever recipient of the Remix Challenge medal by pacing runners at Saturday’s 5K and winning Sunday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon presented by HumanVitality on Sunday. The Olympic bronze medalist asserted her dominance over the half-marathon distance, claiming victory with a time of 1 hour, 9 minutes and 45 seconds. It was the second fastest half-marathon run by an American woman this year.

Biwott eyes a three-peat in Philadelphia

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London Marathon runner-up Stanley Biwott will join some exclusive company if he secures a third victory in succession at the Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half-Marathon in September - A quartet of world-class Kenyans comprise one of the most decorated elite men's fields in the history of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half-Marathon which takes place this year on 21 September.

Headlining the field is two-time defending champion Stanley Biwott. If the 28-year-old can win for the third consecutive year, he would join marathon legends Khalid Khannouchi, Joan Benoit-Samuelson and Catherine Ndereba as the only three-time champions in the race’s 37 year history.

“I’m excited to come back to Philadelphia and try to win a third time in a row,” said Biwott, who is also set to race in the TD Beach to Beacon 10K on 3 August. “I know the course really well and my training is going very good. With the great competition, I know there will be some very fast times.”

Biwott, the runner-up in the London Marathon this spring, first won in 2012 in 60:03, before setting the second fastest winning time on this course of 59:36 the following year.