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Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon

Ethiopians owned the road in the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon in Dubai, Fri., Jan. 23, as unheralded Lemi Berhanu, only 21 years old, was the unexpected winner of the men’s race, with Ethiopians taking the top 12 places, and Aselefech Mergia was the women’s winner by a mere second after ... (continued...)

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Best Road Races - They Said It...No 5

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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A Long Run Trailer

"A Long Run tells one man's story, but it's every runner's journey. Bob Anderson's amazing life connects us to icons like Bill Rodgers, Billy Mills, and Paula Radcliffe. By the end you're left with the runner's high, without the sweat." -Dan Brown, San Jose Mercury News

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Paula Radcliffe

Gerry Lindgren

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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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A Word about Strength Training

Strength training is important for both conditioning and injury prevention. I lifted weights and/or use exercise machines regularly in the off-season when I was not competing seriously, but I limited strength training during the competitive season. It is wise to cut back on your strength training during the training mileage buildup. Light weights and high repetitions seem to work best for long distance runners. Do not overdo strength training if you want success as a runner. I recommend next to no lifting the last several weeks before an important race at the time when your training mileage is near peak. You may be able to continue lifting safely, but why take a chance?

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Double Racing Has Truly Arrived!

by David Prokop (Editor Best Road Races)  Photo: Double 15k top three

Double Racing® is a new sport for runners that some competitors are calling the best running event ever, due to the unique and memorable experience of running it!

At San Juan Bautista on Sat., Sept. 20, the event, the atmosphere and the experience all came together as never before. There were two live bands, an ongoing barbecue presented by one of the main sponsors, Peacock Acres, a not-to-be-believed fruit spread laid out by Driscoll’s, a local fruit company, all of this going on within and contributing to a truly superb atmosphere for a unique competition that seemed perfectly designed for a picturesque little town like San Juan Bautista – and San Juan Bautista, in turn, looking like the picture perfect town to host such an event. An event called the San Juan Bautista Road Racing® Festival no less!

“More people need to see this,” one competitor said enthusiastically. “This is really exciting. I’ve never been part of anything like this!”

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All-America City 10K
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This race provides runners with flat out and back race courses, fast through the city streets of Edinburg,...
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January 25
Christian Thompson, 26, of Wyncote, Penn., won the Fred Lebow Half-Marathon in New York’s Central Park, Sun., Jan. 25, in a time of 1:09:23. Justin Scheid,…
Fred Lebow Half Marathon
Central Park, NY
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January 25
Argentina’s Mariano Mastromarino, 33, won the Miami Half-Marathon in Miami, Fla., Sun., Jan. 25, in 1:05:24. Michel Lopez, 22, of Guatemala was the runner-up in 1:07:01…
Miami Half Marathon
Miami, Florida
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January 25
Mike Popejoy, 29, of Somerville, Mass., and Janet Cherobon Bawcom, 36, of Flagstaff, Ariz., were the men’s and women’s champions at the Rock ‘N’ Roll…
BRR
January 24
Diego Leon, 20, of Salinas, Calif., was a convincing winner of the Rotary Mission Ten Mile in San Juan Bautista, Calif., Sat., Jan. 24, as…
Rotary Mission Ten Mile
San Juan Bautista, California
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January 23
Ethiopians owned the road in the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon in Dubai, Fri., Jan. 23, as unheralded Lemi Berhanu, only 21 years old, was the…
BRR
January 18
Ethiopians dominated the 43rd Chevron Houston Marathon in Houston, Tex., Sun., Jan. 18, as Birhanu Gedefa led a 1-2-3 sweep by the East African nation…
BRR
January 18
Kenyans Cleophas Ngetich, 30, and Kimutai Cheriuyot, 29, finished first and second in the Naples Half-Marathon in Naples, Fla., Sun., Jun 18, as they ran…
Naples Half Marathon
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January 18
Roosevelt Cook, 35, of Oak Hills, Calif., and Ziola Gomez, 36, of Alamosa, Colo., were the men’s and women’s champions at the P.F. Chang’s Rock…
BRR
January 18
Tesfaye Alemayehu is on a roll! The tall, smooth Ethiopian runner, who lives in Antioch, Calif., won the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Half-Marathon in Carlsbad, Calif.,…
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January 18
Top Male Finisher: Alex Esparza, 1:00:13 Top Female Finisher: Molly Stein, 1:01:22
Waterfront 10 Mile
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January 11
Continuing Brazil’s utter dominance of this race, Fredison Costa, 37, won the Walt Disney World Marathon in Orlando, Fla., Sun., Jan. 11, as he ran…
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January 10
Running on a frosty day in New York’s Central Park, Sat., Jan. 10, Christian Thompson, 26, of Wyncote, Penn., outran two transplanted Africans to win…
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January 4
The big story in the Jackson Day Race, Sun., Jan. 4 in New Orleans, La., the Big Easy’s oldest race, is that the Welsch sisters…
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Running quotes from UjENA Fit Club members
quote "Pain is temporary. Glory is forever."
quote i train hard i win easy
quote You can't fake a marathon. You're ready, or not.
quote I might not be the first one to the finish, but I'm having tons of fun!
quote Slow your breathing down.
quote "If it comes easy, if it doesn’t take extraordinary effort; you’re not pushing hard enough; it’s supposed to hurt like hell."
quote A mile is a mile no matter the speed.
quote I love running and racing.
quote No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
quote thanks to all the race directors and volunteers!
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Stage 2 Pleasanton Double Racing Dec 21 2014
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Stage of the Pleasanton Double.  For the Double 15k the second leg is 5k.  For the Double 8k the second...
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Bob Anderson's Kids Cup Double 1.5 Mile Pleasanton 2014
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One of the favorite events of the Double Racing Festival is the Kids Cup Double.  This is a two stage...
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2014 Pleasanton Double 15k and Double 8k Stage 1
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It was a perfect day for our 3rd Annual Pleasanton Double Racing Festival held Dec 21 in Pleasanton California.  This...
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Start of the first stage of Pleasanton Double 2014 10k leg
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It was a perfect day for racing in Pleasanton.  The Pleasanton Double Racing Festival was a blast.  photos by Catherine...
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Best Road Races Statistics
2014 Total Prize Money $8,450,160  
2013 Total Prize Money $8,256,037  
2013 Total Finishers 2,330,415  
2013 Male Finishers 957,989 48%
2013 Female Finishers 1,044,952 52%
2012 Total Prize Money $8,555,985  
2012 Total Finishers 2,168,766  
2012 Male Finishers 1,017,629 48%
2012 Female Finishers 1,091,072 52%
2011 Total Finishers  
2011 Male Finishers 0%
2011 Female Finishers 0%
Featured Races 300 
Associated Races 70 
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
45:05 Tesfaye Alemayehu
Antioch, CA
29 12/21/14
45:51 Julius Koskei
Kenya
32 12/21/14
46:06 Jovanny Godinez
Hayward, CA
23 12/21/14
46:38 Darius Terry
San Jose, CA
23 09/20/14
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
59:23 Bedan Karoki
Kenya
24 09/21/14
59:58 Cybrian Kotut
Kenya
22 09/21/14
1:00:00 Mo Farah
England
31 09/07/14
1:00:00 Mike Kigen
Kenya
28 09/07/14
1:00:12 Solomon Deksisa
Ethiopia
20 06/01/14
1:00:28 Geoffrey Bundi
Kenya
26 06/01/14
MARATHON - Top Five Males
2:02:57 Dennis Kimetto
Kenya
30 09/28/14
2:03:13 Emmanuel Mutai
Kenya
30 09/28/14
2:04:11 Eliud Kipchoge
Kenya
29 10/12/14
2:04:28 Sammy Kitwara
Kenya
27 10/12/14
2:04:29 Wilson Kipsang
Kenya
32 04/13/14
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
31:39 Jordan Hasay
Beaverton, OR
23 10/13/14
31:41 Caroline Rotich
Santa Fe, NM
30 10/13/14
DOUBLE ROAD RACE - Top Five Females
48:45 Risper Gesabwa
Kenya
25 12/21/14
49:24 Kim Conley
West Sacramento, CA
28 12/21/14
51:24 Alycia Cridebring
Sacramento, CA
22 12/21/14
51:50 Rachel Mitchell
Sacramento, CA
23 12/21/14
52:13 Molly Pritz
Williamsport, PA
26 05/11/14
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
1:05:39 Mary Keitany
Kenya
32 09/07/14
1:08:13 Gemma Steel
England
28 09/07/14
1:08:20 Mamitu Daska
Ethiopia
30 10/12/14
1:08:24 Cynthia Limo
Kenya
24 10/12/14
1:08:31 Sally Kipyego
Kenya
28 03/16/14
MARATHON - Top Five Females
1:19:49 Victoria Mitchell
Australia
32 10/19/14
1:25:04 Tania Mitchell
Santa Monica, CA
48 10/19/14
1:25:04 Tania Fischer
Santa Monica, CA
48 10/19/14
1:25:04 Tania Fischer
48 10/19/14
1:25:06 Nicole Chombeau
Beaverton, OR
24 10/19/14
1:25:06 Nicole Chombeau
Beaverton, OR
24 10/19/14
1:25:28 Tasia Potasinski
San Francisco, CA
24 10/19/14
1:25:34 Samantha Dennler
Stanford, CA
19 10/19/14

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