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Coaching Athletics Quarterly

Marathon

Innovative Partnerships, Charitable Efforts and Sponsorship Activations set the stage for most Engaging Race Weekend To-Date - LOS ANGELES (March 13, 2017) – With less than one week until the 2017 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, race organizer Conqur Endurance Group is proud to announce a variety of dynamic race weekend programming to engage runners from around the world as they take on 26.2 miles in the world-famous city of Los Angeles. 

Defending champion Shuko Genemo will return to the Vienna City Marathon. The Ethiopian youngster caused a surprise when she took Austria’s most prestigious road running event with a personal best of 2:24:31 despite very strong winds in 2016. While the weather was the most difficult opponent for Genemo a year ago this time it may well be a compatriot: Meseret Mengistu is among the female athletes announced by the organisers today. The experienced Ethiopian marathon runner features a personal record of 2:23:26. The 34th Vienna City Marathon, which is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, will take place on 23rd April. Including road races at other distances more than 39,000 runners have entered the event so far. Online registration and information is still available at: www.vienna-marathon.com

Course record holder and defending champion Lusapho April of South Africa will duel with German record holder Arne Gabius in the HAJ Hannover Marathon on 9th April. However there are three Kenyans in the race with superior personal bests who could upset the two prominent runners. The women’s race will have a German favourite: Former Ethiopian Fate Tola targets Hannover’s course record of 2:27:07. The HAJ Hannover Marathon is an IAAF Silver Label Road Race. Entry for the event is still possible at: www.marathon-hannover.de

Sprinting away from 2013 winner Vincent Kipruto with 300 metres to go, Ezekiel Chebii of Kenya won the 72nd Lake Biwa Marathon in Otsu, Japan, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (5).

It was seven years ago in April when huge parts of Europe’s airspace were closed after the eruption of the Icelandic vulcano Eyyafyallayöküll. An ash cloud had spread over Britain and then the continent and flying was said to be too dangerous. A number of major marathons struggled getting their African elite athletes and international runners in, among them were Vienna and London. Most of the elite field made it in time before the closures to the Austrian capital, however among those missing was Eliud Kiptanui. Seven years later it looks like he will finally find his way to Vienna. The Kenyan heads the men’s elite list of the Vienna City Marathon on 23rd April with a personal best of 2:05:21. The event is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race and adding races at other distances a total of over 36,000 runners has so far entered the 34th edition of Austria’s biggest annual sporting event.

The IAAF is saddened to hear that former New York City Marathon race director Allan Steinfeld died on Tuesday (24) at the age of 70.

Tanzania’s Alphonce Simbu and Kenya’s Bornes Kitur triumphed at the 14th edition of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2017 on Sunday, winning in 2:09:32 and 2:29:02 respectively to take home first prize cheques of USD$42,000.

HOUSTON (January 15, 2017) - Late-race breakaways led to first-time wins in the Chevron Houston Marathon Sunday, and Leonard Korir of the United States outleaned race record-holder Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia in the Aramco Houston Half Marathon on a humid, windy morning that hampered times in the longer races.

The exceptional team, recruited to compete with a deep international field, includes the men's 2014 champion Meb Keflezighi, four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan, two-time Olympic medalist Galen Rupp, and two-time Olympian Desiree Linden - BOSTON (Dec. 21, 2016) -- John Hancock Financial today announced the U.S. Elite Team for the Boston Marathon on April 17, 2017. The exceptional team, recruited to compete with a deep international field, includes the men's 2014 champion Meb Keflezighi, four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan, two-time Olympic medalist Galen Rupp, and two-time Olympian Desiree Linden. Olympians Jared Ward and Abdi Abdirahman are also in the field, as are Lindsay Flanagan, Clara Santucci (née Grandt), Shadrack Biwott, Esther Atkins, and Sean Quigley. Additionally, track standout Jordan Hasay will make her marathon debut at Boston. Collectively, the 12-member John Hancock Elite U.S. Team has competed and won medals in Olympic, World and Pan American Championships, and all bring strong credentials to compete for the win at the 121st running of the Boston Marathon.

RunBlogRun provides a quick note: We received this yesterday. As you know, it may take me a few days to gather an opinion. Lots to digest here. I will post the release in its original form, or close, and then, my comments. Here we go!

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