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Coaching Athletics Quarterly

Marathon

Shura Kitata Tola of Ethiopia and Kenya’s Vivian Cheryuiot won the top prizes at the 36th edition of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon. Kitata chopped almost two minutes off his personal best in difficult conditions while Cheruiyot, the reigning Olympic 5,000m champion but now concentrating on road racing, improved her best for the marathon to 2:23:35 after her distance debut in London this April. Kitata ran 2:05:50 to win the men's title and his compatriots Kelkile Gezahegn (2:06:56) and Getu Feleke (2:07:46) ensured a clean sweep for Ethiopia. The Ethiopians Yebrgual Melese (2:24:30) and Meskerem Assefa (2:24:38) finished second and third behind Cheruiyot in the women's race. The women's champion had been on course to improve the course record of 2:21:01 but was slowed by strong winds in the closing stages.

The Mainova Frankfurt Marathon has been a springboard for a number of promising marathon runners in the past. The most prominent example is Wilson Kipsang, who won in Frankfurt with 2:04:57 in 2010 and then returned a year later, missing the world record by only four seconds and his time 2:03:42 remains the course record to this day. Two years later Kipsang broke the world record in Berlin. Back in 2008 Robert K. Cheruiyot came to Frankfurt to run his first race outside Kenya. He broke the course record with 2:07:21 and then won the Boston Marathon with a course record of 2:05:52 in 2010. “The Mainova Frankfurt Marathon is an immersion heater for elite athletes,” said Race Director Jo Schindler during a press conference before the 36th edition on Sunday.

 Vivian Cheruiyot is ready to run fast in Sunday’s Mainova Frankfurt Marathon. „I am grateful to have been invited to run my second marathon in Frankfurt,“ said the reigning 5,000 m Olympic Champion during a press conference in Frankfurt on Thursday. „I have prepared for this race for three months and my shape is the same as it was before my debut in London in April. My aim is to run a personal best. I know that this is a fast course and I believe that Frankfurt provided the best opportunity for me this autumn. I go into the race with a good feeling.“ When she ran her debut in London Vivian Cheruiyot placed fourth with 2:23:50.

Friday, 20 October 2017 17:54

Cherono returns to defend Venice Marathon title

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Ethiopian Abdulahl Dawud and defending champion Priscah Jepleting Cherono are the favourites at the 32nd edition of the Huawei Venice Marathon, an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race, which starts from Villa Pisani in Stra and ends at the Riva dei Sette Martiri in Venice, on Sunday (22).

Getu Feleke is top of the charts in build-up for Frankfurt - Getu Feleke is the man with the fastest credentials going into the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon on October 29. The 30-year-old Ethiopian has a highly impressive best of 2:04:50 and also ran a superb course record of 2:05:41 in the 2014 Vienna City Marathon. His compatriot Feyse Tadese is the fastest starter in the women’s field with the world class time of 2:20:27. The Mainova Frankfurt Marathon has been adding to its elite field in recent weeks and the full field has now been announced. In total the organizers expect around 14,500 participants for this IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Following were highlights of the day:

         * Approximately $1.2 million AND COUNTING was raised for Nationwide Children's Hospital during the 2017 event; for a total of approximately $7 million raised since the partnership with the event started in 2012;

         * Last year’s female ½ marathon winner, Susan Jerotich, had a repeat win, but in the full marathon

         * A field of approximately 18,000 participated from 47 different states and several countries

         * 24 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Patient Champions and their families were along 24 miles; one mile was the Angel Mile and was dedicated to the angels of Nationwide Children’s who have already run their race; and one mile was the Encore Mile for the more than 100 Patient Champions from previous races.

Professional athlete field to include 12 past champions, 22 Olympians, and 20 Paralympians from 29 different countries - New York, October 10, 2017 — Former champion Wilson Kipsang of Kenya and two-time runner-up Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia, who trains in the Bronx, have been added to the professional athlete field for the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 5.

Coaches shouldn't always copy exactly what others do, but learning about why others do what they do can be rather helpful in gaining knowledge. This is particularly true if learning from successful coaches and athletes. The Balanced Runner, from Jae Gruenke, has a great analysis of how Jordan Hasay and Galen Rupp made some form adjustments that seem to have worked quite well given their Chicago Marathon performances from a couple days ago.

Tatyana McFadden sets course record to capture her eighth victory and the “Silver Bullet” Marcel Hug defends his title - CHICAGO -- In today’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon, more than 43,000* runners, an event record, crossed the finish line in Chicago’s “front yard,” Grant Park. This year’s race celebrated 40 years of running history with participants from more than 100 countries and all 50 states. The inaugural Chicago Marathon started in Daley Plaza on September 25, 1977.

Defending champions Abel Kirui and Florence Kiplagat will be hoping for a sweet sense of deja vu at the 40th anniversary of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday (8), an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

To earn back-to-back titles, however, the 2016 champions will have to overcome rivals who have covered the distance far quicker, with world record holder Dennis Kimetto headlining the men’s field and Tirunesh Dibaba, one of only three women to have broken 2:18, the star attraction on the women’s side.

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