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Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon

Olympian Shalane Flanagan, 33, of Boulder, Colo., was the big story at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half-Marathon, Sun., July 20, as she ran a classy 1:09:44 to win the women’s race by more than four minutes!

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“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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The Double Road Race 15k Challenge!

This video features our Fort Lauderdale Double Road Race held May 18. Peter Mullin (age 63) was our Double Victory Cup winner (posting the best age-graded performance). Jonathan Kinsey was our men's winner posting a time of 51:45 (it was very windy) and Natasha Yaremczuk was our women's winner posting 57:02.

Our next Double Road Race is coming up June 1st in Indy, Ind. The world record is on the block. Here is an update.


Julius Koskei and Liudmila Stepanova return to the Indianapolis Double where they both set world records last year.

By David Prokop

Last August 11 at the Indianapolis Double Road Race™ in Indianapolis, Ind., Julius Koskei of Kenya and Liudmila Stepanova of Russia broke the men’s and women’s world records in this unique new road running competition consisting of a 10K and 5K with a break in between.

On Sunday, June 1, in the second annual Indianapolis Double, both will be back with the intent of bettering the records again.

In Koskei’s case, he will be seeking to improve on his own world record -- the aggregate time of 44:24:01 he ran at Pleasanton, Calif., last December 22 to improve on his Indianapolis time by seven seconds.

He had run the 10K in 29:48 last year at Indianapolis and came back to run the 5K in 14:43 for an aggregate time of 44:31:09. At Pleasanton he ran the 10K in 29:45:20 and the 5K in 14:38:81 for an aggregate time of 44:24:01.

So the 32-year-old Koskei (pronounced Kos-kay) has now run the Double twice and set a world record each time. Will he make it three world records in three tries on June 1 in Indianapolis?

Koskei, who’s the only athlete to break 30 minutes for the 10K in the Double (and he’s now done it twice), has said that at his peak he thinks he could run 28:50 for the 10K and 14:10 for the 5K of the Double, which would give him an aggregate time of 43:30!

In Stepanova’s case, she will be trying to regain the world record she first set at Indianapolis last year, 52:38, but which has since been broken – first by Sarah Crouch of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., when she posted an aggregate time of 52:23 in winning the San Juan Bautista (Calif.) Double on Sept. 28 (35:02 10K/17:21 5K), and most recently by Molly Pritz, who lowered the world record to 52:13 in winning the Pacific Grove (Calif.) Double on May 11 by running the 10K in 34:39 and the 5K in 17:34.

Stepanova, who’s 30, had run the 10K in 35:21 and the 5k in 17:12 last year in Indianapolis to set her then world record of 52:38, and the previous world record she beat that day, 53:13, had been held by … Molly Pritz!

The course for the Indianapolis Double is flat and fast – exactly the kind of course where the existing world records could fall again if runners like Koskei and Stepanova are fit and focused.

The two, who are professional runners, come to America twice a year to compete in a series of races on the lucrative American running circuit. They have the same agent in this country, Larisa Mikhaylova, former world-ranked 800-meter runner from Russia who later made a very successful transition to road racing. Mikhaylova, who retired from competitive running in 2008, is now an agent and coach based in Hebron, Ky., where she manages LM Elite Running Club, which includes runners from numerous countries, including Kenya, Russia, Ethiopia, Morocco and Ukraine. Koskei and Stepanova are two of her most experienced and successful runners.

runiFort Lauderdale Double May 18th...coming up Indy June 1st. The Double world records (both men and women) are on the block. 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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Kauai Marathon
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Rock 'n' Roll Virginia Beach
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Kennedy Drive 8k
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New Haven 20k
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Trot for Troops 5k
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Bupa Great North Run
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Chicago Half Marathon
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July 20
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July 13
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Morgan Hill 2014 Freedom Day 5k and 1 Mile Kids Run
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Overland Park 2014 Double, Kids Race, 5k
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The second annual Overland Park Double Road Race, Ujena 5k and the Bob Anderson's Kids Cup Mile was held June...
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Best Road Races Statistics
2013 Total Prize Money $8,726,987  
2012 Total Prize Money $8,622,235  
2012 Total Finishers 2,532,117  
2012 Male Finishers 1,022,402 47%
2012 Female Finishers 1,155,384 53%
2011 Total Finishers 2,372,919  
2011 Male Finishers 1,105,737 47%
2011 Female Finishers 1,200,031 53%
Featured Races 323 
Associated Races 133 
Best Performances 2014
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5K - Top Five Males
13:13 Dejen Gebremeskel
24 03/30/14
13:19 Bernard Lagat
39 03/30/14
13:22 Augustine Choge
27 03/30/14
13:26 Edwin Kipyego
24 03/30/14
24 04/19/14
13:26 BEN TRUE
28 04/19/14
25 04/19/14
10K - Top Five Males
27:44 Leonard Partick Komon
26 04/19/14
28:00 Wilson Kiprop
27 05/24/14
28:06 Isiah Koech
20 04/19/14
28:06 David Kogei
31 05/24/14
28:08 Geoffrey Mutai
33 05/24/14
28:18 Japhet Corir
20 04/19/14
44:51 Julius Koskei
32 06/01/14
47:44 Samuel Kosgei
30 06/29/14
48:23 Chandler Kemp
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
20 06/01/14
1:00:28 Geoffrey Bundi
26 06/01/14
1:00:39 Dickson Chumba
28 06/01/14
1:00:50 Geoffrey Mutai
32 03/16/14
1:01:07 Mo Farah
Great Britain
30 03/16/14
MARATHON - Top Five Males
2:04:29 Wilson Kipsang
32 04/13/14
2:04:32 Mekonnen Asefa, Tsegaye
18 01/24/14
2:04:55 Stanley Biwott
28 04/13/14
2:05:13 Geneti Guteta, Markos
29 01/24/14
2:05:42 DIckson Chumba
5K - Top Five Females
15:06 Julia Bleasdale
Great Britain
32 03/30/14
29 04/19/14
30 04/19/14
28 04/19/14
25 04/19/14
19 04/19/14
10K - Top Five Females
31:22 Mary Keitany
32 05/24/14
31:37 Molly Huddle
Providence, RI
29 06/14/14
31:43 Risper Gesabwa
25 04/19/14
31:46 Hiwot Ayalew
24 04/19/14
31:49 Mamitu Daska
30 06/14/14
DOUBLE ROAD RACE - Top Five Females
52:13 Molly Pritz
Williamsport, PA
26 05/11/14
53:30 Liudmile Stepanova
30 06/01/14
55:16 Tori Tyler
26 02/22/14
56:03 Tania Morimoto
24 02/22/14
56:41 Marion Kandie
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
25 07/13/14
HALF MARATHON - Top Five Females
1:08:31 Sally Kipyego
28 03/16/14
1:08:59 Buzunesh Deba
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
26 06/01/14
MARATHON - Top Five Females
2:18:57 Rita Jeptoo
33 04/21/14
2:19:59 Buzunesh Deba
27 04/21/14
2:20:21 Edna Kiplagat
35 04/13/14
2:20:24 Florence Kiplagat
27 04/13/14
2:20:35 Tirunesh Dibaba
29 04/13/14
2:20:35 Mare Dibaba
25 04/21/14

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