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Cape Town Marathon limits field to 7000 The organisers of the Cape Town Marathon 2011, which takes place on Sunday 25 September, have called on marathon and 10km runners to enter as soon as possible to secure their spot as the events are limited to just 7 000 participants. The number of entrants for these […]
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KAUAI, Hawaii — (August 17, 2011) — The Kauai Marathon is enticing runners from around the world to compete on Sunday, September 4, 2011 for its $ 15,000 Kauai Marathon Speed Challenge, one of the largest “Speed Challenge” purses offered in a United States running event. The prize purse is based on a time bonus program: […]
BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association has announced that the second- and third-place finishers of the 2011 Boston Marathon, Moses Mosop of Kenya and Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia will return to Boston to compete in the inaugural B.A.A. 10K on Sunday, June 26.
The addition of Mosop and Gebremariam pares the men in a rematch against the only person to run faster than them in this year’s marathon, 2011 Boston Marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai. Mosop ran the second-fastest marathon ever recorded on April 18. His time of 2 hours, 3 minutes, 6 seconds was just four seconds off of Mutai’s winning time, and 53 seconds ahead of the world record time of 2:03:59 set by Haile Gebrselassie at the 2008 Berlin Marathon. It was Mosop’s first attempt the marathon distance, and is the fastest debut ever. Gebremariam, of Ethiopia, finished his first Boston Marathon in a 2:04:53, and improved his personal best of 2:08:14 – a stunning debut performance in which he won the 2010 ING New York City Marathon.
Gebremariam was the IAAF World Cross Country champion in 2009.
Earlier this month, Mutai and Boston Marathon women’s champion Caroline Kilel of Kenya committed to compete in the new B.A.A. 10K, which begins and ends at Boston Common.
"The excitement of this year’s Boston Marathon is fresh in our minds, and we’re pleased to announce that Moses and Gebre will return to Boston and compete on June 26 in the B.A.A. 10K," said Tom Grilk, Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association. "That they’ll compete against Geoffrey Mutai is an added bonus for spectators, and it’s a rematch we’re greatly anticipating. The B.A.A. 10K could be the fastest 6.2 mile race that Bostonians have witnessed in quite some time."
Though from different countries, the similarities between Mosop, 25, and Gebremariam, 26, are extensive. Both come from cross country backgrounds and have only recently made the transition to road racing. Both men grew up on farms in their native countries, and are married to successful distance runners. (Mosop to Florence Kiplagat, who dropped from the 2011 Boston Marathon after 30K, and Gebremariam to Werknesh Kidane, who finished seventh at the Boston Marathon in 2:26:15.)
Mosop, Gebremariam, Kiplagat, Kidane, Mutai and Kilel were all part of the Elite Team which Boston Marathon principal sponsor John Hancock Financial Services recruited for this year’s race.
The inaugural B.A.A. 10K includes a prize purse of $ 30,000 with $ 5000 awarded to the winners and equally distributed among the top male and female finishers.
OTTAWA – This coming Saturday, May 14th, four Canadian communities will host HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games Day in Canada events. Hershey’s Track & Field Games Day in Canada selected events are targeted at youth aged participants and younger, typically hosted as part of a school or club event. Hershey’s Track & Field Games is […]
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In the men‘s category, the favourites will include the Ethiopian runner, Yemane Tsegay, who finished 4th in 2009 in both the World Championships in Berlin and the Paris Marathon, where he achieved his personal best time (2:06:30). For Yemane, last year was all about Prague, where he ran a new personal best and finished third in the Hervis Prague Half marathon and soon after finished second in the Volkswagen Prague Marathon. He was not, however, satisfied with either his marathon time or his place and he hopes to improve on both this year.
The Kenyan, Samuel Kiplimo Kosgei, who set a new 25 km world record last year in Berlin and whose PB running half marathon is 00:59:39, is also expected to be one of the favourites. In addition, the last minute entry of Rachid Kisri, one of the top Morrocan marathon runners, whose PB from the Paris Marathon in 2009 is 2:06:48, should make for an interesting and challenging men’s race.
The women’s race should also make for an interesting competition with a diverse, international field consisting of runners from Kenya, Ethiopia, Namibia, Russia, Brazil, Portugal, the USA and, of course, the Czech Republic.
Serena Burla of the USA has an amazing story, as she overcame cancer just one year ago, having undergone surgery to remove a Synovial Sarcoma in her right leg in February of 2010. She has very quickly and successfully returned to competition with strong performances, most recently running 1:11 in a half marathon in January, 2011.
Lydia Cheromei of Kenya, a World Champion at age 13 and still running at 34, is the new record holder from the Hervis Prague Half Marathon this year and is hoping to break the record in the Volkswagen Prague Marathon as well, given good weather conditions on race day.
Jana Moberly, Elite Athletes Coordinator, Prague International Marathon, commented:
“Continuing on from the successes and broken records of the Hervis Prague Half Marathon, the diverse international field represented in this year’s Volkswagen Prague Marathon will certainly make for many surprises on race day. We are pleased to see such an international contigent of some of the world’s best athletes here in Prague and wish them a successful race with, hopefully, some new course records!“
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Flying Pig Marathon Boasts Record Field for 13th Running CINCINNATI — (May 1, 2011) — A record weekend registration of more than 30,000 runners and walkers highlighted the 13th running of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon powered by P&G. The two-day total of 30,408 participants included 5,083 for the marathon, 12,155 for the half-marathon and […]
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A record field of close to 23 000 runners are expected to line up for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon on Easter Saturday 3 April.
A successful 2011 New Zealand Track and Field championships was completed over three days of contrasting weather patterns in Dunedin over the weekend.