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Martin Lel Joins ING New York City Marathon Field

October 09, 2012 at 12:45pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Two-time ING New York City Marathon champion Martin Lel of Kenya, coming off a big win last month in the Rock ’n’ Roll Lisbon Half-Marathon, will return to NYC on November 4, as will Ed Moran, the Staten Island native who last year finished ninth here in his debut at the marathon distance.

Lel, 33, won the ING New York City Marathon in 2003 and 2007. A three-time winner of the Virgin London Marathon (2005, 2007–2008), Read More

Chelsea Reilly Wins U.S. Title in 10K Debut

October 08, 2012 at 06:30pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Chelsea Reilly knows Boston: Her father, Peter, grew up in nearby Dedham. As of 12:32 p.m. Monday, Boston knows Reilly, too, after the 23-year-old won a national title in the first 10K of her career.

Reilly claimed the title in 32:41 at the 36th Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women, which hosted the U.S. women’s championships for the 18th time along a course that began on historic Beacon Street and proceeded much of the way in Read More

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Trafeh, Bawcom Defend 10-Mile Titles

October 07, 2012 at 05:30pm EST | by Kristine Smith, NYRR News Service

Ask anyone in Sunday’s USA 10-Mile Championships in the Twin Cities and they’ll say the weather definitely had an impact on their strategy. “It was freezing so nobody wanted to take the lead,” said Mohammed Trafeh after defending his title in 46:56.

Temperatures were around 29 degrees F. at the start in Minneapolis.

“After five miles I figured, ‘You know what, everybody’s here, I gotta start pushing the pace,’” said Trafeh. Although his time was only 10 seconds Read More

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Kiprono, Smith Win $100,000 B.A.A. Prize

October 07, 2012 at 03:30pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

On a crisp early-fall morning in New England, Allan Kiprono and Kim Smith went out for a run and came back with $106,000.

Kiprono, 22, of Kenya, and Smith, 30, of New Zealand, won the 12th B.A.A Half Marathon on Sunday, each earning $6,000 for the victory and $100,000 for winning the B.A.A. Distance Medley, a new three-race series put on by the Boston Athletic Association that began with a 5K in April, continued with a Read More

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Kebede, Baysa win Chicago Marathon; Ritz Smashes PR

October 07, 2012 at 06:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

With a powerful surge late in the race of five consecutive miles under 4:40, Tsegaye Kebede on Sunday became the first Ethiopian man to win the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, breaking the tape in 2:04:38 to demolish the course record by a stunning 59 seconds.

“I don’t believe it,” Kebede said of the time.

It was the fastest marathon ever run in the United States on a record-certified course. Not only that, but the times for runner-up Read More

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