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Convincing Victories for Uceny, Willis at B.A.A. Invitational Miles

April 19, 2014 by David Monti

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Boston, April 19, 2014 -- Rounding the final turn of the three-lap course at today's B.A.A. Invitational Mile here in Back Bay, Morgan Uceny looked every bit the two-time USA 1500m champion that she is. Shoulders back, arms pumping, she smoothly accelerated over those final 70 meters to the finish line on Boylston Street, beating back credible challenges from Heather Kampf and Brie Felnagle.

"It's 2011/2012 Read More

Categories: Pro Athlete

2014 London Marathon to Feature Haile Gebrselassie as Pacemaker

February 17, 2014 by NYRR staff

Organizers of the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon have tapped Haile Gebrselassie—a two-time Olympic gold medalist who twice broke the world marathon record and is seen by many as the greatest distance runner of all time—to serve as pacemaker.

The Ethiopian legend will look to lead the elite pack through the first 30 kilometers at world-record speed, and given the wealth of talent at this year’s race, fans and organizers alike are hopeful someone will step Read More

Categories: Pro Athlete

RAK Half Marathon 2014 Boasts Impressive Men’s and Women’s Fields

February 11, 2014 by NYRR staff

This Valentine’s day, as lovers everywhere nosh on chocolate and little candy hearts, runners in Ras al-Khalmah hope to taste something even sweeter: world half-marathon records.
On Friday, February 14, highly impressive men’s and women’s fields take to streets of the United Arab Emirates sheikdom for the annual RAK Half Marathon, “inarguably the world’s fastest half marathon,” according to a press release posted at LetsRun.com.
Both the men’s and women’s races are wide open, Read More

Categories: Pro Athlete

Records for Cain, USA 4x800 Team at New Balance Indoor Grand Prix

February 09, 2014 by David Monti

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Boston, MA, February 8, 2014 -- Records in the 1000m by Mary Cain and the 4 x 800m relay by a USA all-star team were the highlights of today's 19th New Balance Indoor Grand Prix at the Reggie Lewis Track Facility at Roxbury Community College here.

Cain took charge of the women's 1000m with about 250 meters to go, breaking her own world indoor junior best Read More

Categories: Pro Athlete

Genzebe Dibaba Breaks Women’s Indoor 3000-Meter Record

February 07, 2014 by NYRR staff

Like a DJ with a bad temper, Ethiopian runner Genzebe Dibaba is smashing records left and right.

Competing on Saturday, February 1, at the XL Galan meet in Stockholm, Dibaba set a new women’s indoor 3000-meter world record, slicing more than seven seconds off the previous mark—set by fellow Ethiopian Meseret Defar in 2007—to finish in 8:16.60.

This latest record-breaking performance follows last Saturday’s IAAF Indoor Permit meeting in Karlsruhe, Germany, where Dibaba ran roughshod Read More

Categories: Pro Athlete

South African Olympic Great Elana Meyer Running Ultramarathon for Charity

February 05, 2014 by NYRR staff

South Africa has come a long way since the days of apartheid. Maybe that’s why the county is so obsessed with distance.

In April, Olympic medalist Elana Meyer will compete in the 56K Two Oceans, a popular Cape Town event billed as “the world’s most beautiful marathon.”

The race attracts more than 9,000 participants each year, Runner’s World reports, and it’s not just because of the breathtaking scenery. Ultramarathons are huge in South Read More

Categories: Human Interest

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