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Coaching Athletics Quarterly

Marathon

SYDNEY: Makda Harun Haji, the former Ethiopian runner now Australian citizen living and training in Victoria, has taken the treble at the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival, winning the Women’s Marathon, setting a new women’s marathon record and taking the title of 2017 Australian Marathon Women’s Champion. Haji set a new Blackmores Sydney Marathon women’s record with 02:28:04, taking one minute, 38 seconds off the record (02:29:42) set by fellow Ethiopian runner Biruktayit Degefa in 2014. Kenya’s Bornes Jepkirui Kitu was the second woman and also broke the record with a time of 02:29:01, while fellow Kenyan Mercy Jerotich Kibarus took third with 02:30:12.

Title holder Mark Korir returns for Frankfurt Round Two - The Mainova Frankfurt Marathon on October 29 will offer round two of a contest which produced a thrilling encounter a year ago. The full set of podium finishers in the men’s race has been brought together by the organizers for a re-match. The title holder Mark Korir will race against his fellow Kenyans Martin Kosgey and Cybrian Kotut who finished second and third in 2016.

The world’s greatest distance runner Sir Mo Farah announced today that he will return to the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2018.

Last Year’s Runner-Up Fate Tola returns, Abebech Afework and Sara Hall boost Frankfurt field - Fate Tola missed victory at the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon last year by a hair’s breadth. The 2016 runner-up will be back this time to the race where she ran her first marathon as a German citizen, becoming the fourth fastest ever on the national rankings with her time of 2:25:42 and winning the national title with that second place. Among her rivals on October 29 will be her former Ethiopian compatriot Abebech Afewok and Sara Hall of the USA.

Joining Flanagan at the world’s largest marathon are Amanda McGrory, Abdi Abdirahman and Josh George in a group featuring four U.S. Olympians and seven Paralympians - New York, August 28, 2017 — Two-time wheelchair division champion Amanda McGrory and former open division runner-up Shalane Flanagan, along with last year’s third-place men’s finishers, Abdi Abdirahman and Josh George, will headline the American field racing the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 5.

Official registration for the 2018 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon opens Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 10:00am PDT at www.lamarathon.com. On the first day of registration, a limited amount of marathon entries will be available at the discounted registration fee of $165.

The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON will stage a unique contest on September 24: for the first time in the history of the event the top three marathon runners in the world will be on the start line as the Kenyan duo of Eliud Kipchoge and Wilson Kipsang take on Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is an Abbott World Marathon Majors (AWMM) event and an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Jones, Khannouchi, Ndereba and Radcliffe all set world records on the iconic Chicago Marathon course. Kastor, a multi-time American record-holder and an Olympic bronze medalist, is the last American woman to have captured the Chicago crown - CHICAGO – The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced today that running legends and past champions Steve Jones (1984, 1985), Khalid Khannouchi (1997, 1999, 2000, 2002), Catherine Ndereba (2000, 2001), Paula Radcliffe (2002) and Deena Kastor (2005) will return as race ambassadors to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 8.

Running Legend and 1984 Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson Chasing Age Group World Record and Sub-Three Marathon - CHICAGO – The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced today that two-time Olympic medalist Galen Rupp and American marathon debut record holder Jordan Hasay will lead a deep field of American contenders at the 40th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Adding an exclamation point to the elite athlete field, 1984 Olympic gold medalist and 1985 Chicago Marathon champion Joan Benoit Samuelson will toe the line in an attempt to set an age group world record.

INDIANAPOLIS -- USATF announced on Tuesday the qualifying standards for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon, as well as the selection criteria for Team USATF who will compete in the 2018 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia, Spain on March 24, 2018.

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