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Falmouth Road Race

Kenyans Stephen Sambu and Betsy Saina, both 26, were the men’s and women’s champions at the New Balance Falmouth Road Race on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, Sun., Aug. 17. 

Sambu ran the seven-mile race in 31:46, finishing 45 seconds ahead of defending champion Micah Kogo, 28, also of Kenya, who ... (continued...)

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WELL PLAYED, MR. BEKELE

“London is a bit tougher because so many athletes are going there. If I’m getting the same offer, same invitation, why would I go to London?

“There are very strong competitors there, tougher maybe than Paris, and I wanted to run an even pace. It was very important for me to win on my debut as well and maybe London is more difficult for that.” 

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40 Year Old Jo Pavey (GBR) Wins 10,000m Final

Jo Pavey won her first major championship gold medal at the age of 40 on August 12 in Zurich, and in the process became the oldest female European champion in history.

Ten days after the mother of two stunned Hampden Park to claim a “surreal” Commonwealth Games 5,000 metres bronze medal, she clinched the 10,000m at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich.

runiAge is just a number. 40 Year Old Jo Pavey from England won the 10,000m in Zurich last Tuesday. Way to go!! She ran 32:22. Bob Anderson
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Sharon Vos: Three in a Row

Aging ever so gracefully at age 59 and forging a career record that becomes ever more impressive, Sharon Vos is named Ujena Fit Club Female Runner of the Year still again.

by David Prokop, Editor, Best Road Races

For the third year in a row, the Ujena Fit Club Female Runner of the Year is Sharon Vos of Greenwich, Conn., one of the Rouse triplets (their maiden name) – Shelley, Honor and Sharon – who have run faster in the marathon than any triplets in history.  

Clearly, three is a number of more than passing significance to Sharon, and winning the Ujena Fit Club Runner of the Year award for the third year in a row is getting to be a habit – a very nice one! – as is her long-term involvement in running and racing.

In 2013 Sharon ran 33 races totaling 284 miles in distance, which gave her 23,038 points based on the formula used for the Ujena Fit Club men’s and women’s rankings – 100 points for each race posted (with finish time included), 20 points for each mile raced, and performance points – from 300 down to one – for any and all age-graded percentages ranking in the top 300 for the year! 

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Eating Well for Running

By Christine Rosenbloom

Heading to the gym after work for a quick workout? Out for a morning walk with the dogs? Working out is good for our physical and mental health. Although many individuals workout for weight loss or maintenance, exercising burns fewer calories than you might think. For example, you burn about 100 calories for every mile you walk or run. Yet, the average energy bar provides about 250 calories and a 16-ounce fruit smoothie has 350 to 400 calories, so it is easy to overdo it.

Here are some tips for fueling your workout without sabotaging the calorie-burning effort of exercise.

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Pritz's Honor

By David Prokop, editor Best Road Races

The world’s most unusual race met the world’s most beautiful place, in the opinion of many, and Molly Pritz (photo below), Christine Kennedy and Adam Roach put their own emphatic, dramatic stamp of athletic excellence on the occasion.  (Photo above about a half mile out from the start.  Adam leading with Molly bringing up the rear.  Photos by Catherine Cross)

At the Pacific Grove Double, Sun., May 11 held in Pacific Grove California near Monterey, Molly Pritz, who’s 26, reclaimed the  women’s world record in the Double Road Race™ as she recorded an aggregate time of 52:13, running the opening 10K leg in 34:39 and the concluding 5K leg in 17:34 to break the previous world record by 10 seconds.

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Best Road Races Statistics
2013 Total Prize Money $8,714,987  
2012 Total Prize Money $8,607,335  
2012 Total Finishers 2,516,379  
2012 Male Finishers 1,016,670 47%
2012 Female Finishers 1,147,694 53%
2011 Total Finishers 2,366,667  
2011 Male Finishers 1,103,867 47%
2011 Female Finishers 1,196,746 53%
Featured Races 322 
Associated Races 128 
Best Performances 2014
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5K - Top Five Males
13:13 Dejen Gebremeskel
Ethiopia
24 03/30/14
13:19 Bernard Lagat
Kenya
39 03/30/14
13:22 Augustine Choge
Kenya
27 03/30/14
13:26 Edwin Kipyego
Kenya
24 03/30/14
13:26 DEJEN GEBREMESKEL
Ethiopia
24 04/19/14
13:26 BEN TRUE
HANOVER, NH
28 04/19/14
13:27 STEPHEN SAMBU
KENYA
25 04/19/14
10K - Top Five Males
27:37 Bedan Karoki Muchiri
Kenya
23 08/02/14
27:43 Stephen Kosgei
Kenya
27 08/02/14
27:44 Leonard Partick Komon
Kenya
26 04/19/14
27:50 Ben True
Hanover, NH
28 08/02/14
27:57 Patrick Makau
Kenya
29 08/02/14
DOUBLE ROAD RACE - Top Five Males
44:51 Julius Koskei
Kenya
32 06/01/14
47:44 Samuel Kosgei
Uganda
30 06/29/14
48:23 Chandler Kemp
USA
24 02/22/14
49:41 Adam Roach
Monterey, CA
30 05/11/14
49:58 Osamu Tada
Sacramento, CA
33 05/11/14
15K - Top Five Males
43:04 Benjamin True
Hanover, New Hampshire
26 03/15/14
43:15 Christopher Derrick
Portland, OR
23 03/15/14
43:24 Tim Ritchie
Brighton, MA
26 03/15/14
43:58 Christo Landry
Ann Arbor, MI
27 03/15/14
44:02 Matt Llano
Flagstaff, AZ
25 03/15/14
HALF MARATHON - Top Five Males
1:00:12 Solomon Deksisa
Ethiopia
20 06/01/14
1:00:28 Geoffrey Bundi
Kenya
26 06/01/14
1:00:39 Dickson Chumba
Kenya
28 06/01/14
1:00:50 Geoffrey Mutai
Kenya
32 03/16/14
1:01:07 Mo Farah
Great Britain
30 03/16/14
MARATHON - Top Five Males
2:04:29 Wilson Kipsang
Kenya
32 04/13/14
2:04:32 Mekonnen Asefa, Tsegaye
Ethiopia
18 01/24/14
2:04:55 Stanley Biwott
Kenya
28 04/13/14
2:05:13 Geneti Guteta, Markos
Ethiopia
29 01/24/14
2:05:42 DIckson Chumba
Kenya
02/23/14
5K - Top Five Females
15:06 Julia Bleasdale
Great Britain
32 03/30/14
15:12 MOLLY HUDDLE
PROVIDENCE, RI
29 04/19/14
15:14 MAMITU DASKA
ETHIOPIA
30 04/19/14
15:16 SENTAYEHU EJIGU
ETHIOPIA
28 04/19/14
15:16 BETSY SAINA
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
25 04/19/14
15:17 GOTYTOM GEBRESLASE
ETHIOPIA
19 04/19/14
10K - Top Five Females
31:22 Mary Keitany
Kenya
32 05/24/14
31:27 Gemma Steel
England
28 08/02/14
31:27 Shalane Flanagan
Boulder, CO
33 08/02/14
31:37 Molly Huddle
Providence, RI
29 06/14/14
31:43 Risper Gesabwa
Kenya
25 04/19/14
31:46 Hiwot Ayalew
Ethiopia
24 04/19/14
DOUBLE ROAD RACE - Top Five Females
52:13 Molly Pritz
Williamsport, PA
26 05/11/14
53:30 Liudmile Stepanova
Russia
30 06/01/14
55:16 Tori Tyler
USA
26 02/22/14
56:03 Tania Morimoto
USA
24 02/22/14
56:41 Marion Kandie
Kenya
29 06/29/14
15K - Top Five Females
47:02 Shalane Flanagan
Portland, OR
32 03/15/14
49:24 Janet Bawcom
Flagstaff, AZ
35 03/15/14
49:49 Amy Van Alstine
Flagstaff, AZ
23 03/15/14
49:49 Alexi Pappas
Boston, MA
23 03/15/14
50:05 Lindsey Scherf
Chapel Hill, NC
27 03/15/14
50:14 Mary Wacera
Kenya
25 07/13/14
HALF MARATHON - Top Five Females
1:08:31 Sally Kipyego
Kenya
28 03/16/14
1:08:59 Buzunesh Deba
Ethiopia
26 03/16/14
1:09:04 Molly Huddle
Providence, Rhode Island
29 03/16/14
1:09:26 Erika Medina
Tampa, FL
36 02/23/14
1:09:33 Birhane Dibaba
Ethiopia
26 06/01/14
MARATHON - Top Five Females
2:18:57 Rita Jeptoo
Kenya
33 04/21/14
2:19:59 Buzunesh Deba
Ethiopia
27 04/21/14
2:20:21 Edna Kiplagat
Kenya
35 04/13/14
2:20:24 Florence Kiplagat
Kenya
27 04/13/14
2:20:35 Tirunesh Dibaba
Ethiopia
29 04/13/14
2:20:35 Mare Dibaba
Ethiopia
25 04/21/14

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