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World's Best 10k

The auspiciously named World’s Best 10K in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sun., March 1, featured very close finishes as Sammy Kitwara, 28, of Kenya and Belaynesha Oljira, 24, of Ethiopia each won by a second!

Kenyans actually swept the top four places in the men’s race as Kitwara edged his ... (continued...)

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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

Narrated by:

Sean Astin


Bob Anderson

Billy Mills

Paula Radcliffe

Gerry Lindgren

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The sport of Double Racing is about ready to Take Off!

by Bob Anderson, publisher of Double Runner magazine (Photo Bob Anderson with world record holder Julius Koskei wearing the yellow jersey since he won the first stage at our Indy Double 15k) 

I enjoy running, but I really love racing.  Now I have particularly fallen in love with Double Racing® -- and it’s not because I created this innovative new sport.   I will always run straight races, but in the future most of my races will be Doubles. Here’s why…

I’ve always loved the feeling of pushing my body to see how fast I could go and what time I could run. I have fond memories of winning the Junior Olympics half-mile in June 1963 back in my native Kansas.  The feeling of dropping the field on the final turn is still fresh in my mind.  I ran 2:08.5 that day, and I knew I wanted to run races the rest of my life.

Nearly 52 years later I am not winning races anymore, but I am enjoying running them  just as much. In fact, thanks to the Double, I am enjoying them more than ever!

Little did I know when I created Double Racing® that I had stumbled upon a way to double the fun of racing, except with all the elements, nuances and strategy considerations present in the Double, it’s more like you triple or even quadruple the fun.

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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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Pleasanton: The Masters of Double Racing

By David Prokop

Pleasanton, Calif., may be a quiet, relaxed community across the bay from San Francisco, but where Double Racing® is concerned, this is where all the excitement started, where Double Racing® officially made its debut – on Dec. 23, 2012.

Like the Masters tournament in golf, Pleasanton is the Double Racing® event steeped in the most tradition. The sport not only started here, but this is where the course is so fast, flat and smooth, with interesting twists and turns, it fairly invites competitors of all abilities to shoot for their best times. This is the place where more world records in the Double 15K (10K + 5k), the signature event in the sport, have been set than anywhere else. This is where the greatest number of competitors each year turn out for the Double. This is Ground Zero of Double Racing®, the place from which everything else in the sport has sprung and come to fruition.

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Upcoming Races
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Way Too Cool 50K
This race has become the most sought after 50K in the United States for veterans and novices alike....
St Patrick's 8k
A USATF-certified fast 8K course (USATF No. 06001RT) will take runners through the streets of downtown Washington, DC,...
Jerusalem Marathon
The marathon courses were especially selected to recount Jerusalem's 3000-year historical narrative since the beginning of its existence....
Rock 'n' Roll Washington D.C. Half Marathon
Scenic course highlighting host cities famous sitesLive, local bands along the courseSpirited cheer squads lining the courseBrooks Technical...
California Classic Weekend Half Marathon
This exciting half marathon has many unique features. First, the half marathon starts and finishes inside of Chukchansi...
NYC Half Marathon
A thrilling new course will start in Central Park and finish at South Street Seaport! Runners will start...
St. Patrick's Day Dash
Seattle’s largest single-distance run/walk, jog or crawl where the winners cross the finish before the last person starts....
Seoul International Marathon
The competition begins at Gwanghwamun Plaza in the city centre and finishes within the Olympic Stadium. The course...
Asics LA Marathon
The ASICS LA Marathon is an annual running event held each spring in Los Angeles, California. The 26.219...
Whale Run and Walk 10k
The Whale Run starts and finishes in the heart of Fort Bragg in the Skunk Train parking lot....
Holyoke St. Patrick's Day 10k
People may be doing the St. Patty's pub crawl in the evening, but the Holyoke race has all...
Rodes City Run 10K
The exciting 10k course is Flat, Fast and Fun and is ranked the 13th largest in the nation...
Pacific Half Marathon
Old Agoura 10K TOP RATED! The 10K runs adjacent to Cheeseboro Canyon at the Santa Monica Mountains National...
Oakland Marathon
This popular running festival offers races for runners of all types that take participants through Oakland, CA and...
Publix Georgia Marathon
The Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon will host more than 16,000 runners and head through some of...
Rock 'n' Roll Dallas Half Marathon
Smooth and scenic course through beautiful downtown Dallas with live entertainment on the course. Perfect Spring running weather....
Cooper River Bridge Run 10k
The Cooper River Bridge Run provides a world-class 10-K foot race held in Charleston, S. Carolina. The race...
Around the Bay 30k
Hamilton's Around the Bay Road Race is the oldest on the continent, first run in 1894, three years...
Carlsbad 5000 Elite Men Invitational
The Carlsbad 5000 features a fast and fun seaside course where 16 world records have been set. Both...
Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K
The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K course starts and finishes in Chicago's Grant Park and mirrors segments...
Oklahoma Double Racing Festival
Double 15K Challenge (10K + 5K), Double 8K (5K + 3K), Double 1.5M Kids under 13 run (1M...
GO! St. Louis Half Marathon
The GO! St. Louis Half Marathon presented by PNC Bank was introduced in 2003 and has become the...
Rock The Parkway Half Marathon
The third annual Rock the Parkway is the fastest growing half marathon in the Midwest and promises to...
Pear Blossom Run 10 Mile
This race run by YMCA starts at City Hall and goes through the town of Medford, OR....
Credit Union SacTown 10 Miler
Flat (save two underpasses), fast out/back on paved levee road along the Calaveras River.NEW DATE! APRIL 6.Flat (save...
Statesman Cap 10,000
The Statesman Capitol 10k is the largest 10K in Texas and the fifth largest in the nation. In...
Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run
The 2012 race marks the eleventh year credit unions have sponsored the run in support of Credit Unions...
Virgin London Marathon
The London Marathon is a long-distance running event held in London, United Kingdom and was the world's largest...
March 1
Harbert Okuti, 29, of Uganda won the Washington Heights Salsa, Blues and Shamrocks 5K in Manhattan, Sun., March 1, as he ran 14:36. This performance put…
March 1
The auspiciously named World’s Best 10K in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sun., March 1, featured very close finishes as Sammy Kitwara, 28, of Kenya and…
World's Best 10k
San Juan, Puerto Rico
March 1
A.J. Acosta, 26, of Berkeley, Calif., and Mei-Tung Chen, 30, of San Francisco, Calif., were the men’s and women’s winners at the San Jose 408K…
March 1
Chris Mocko, 28, of San Francisco, Calif., and Devon Yanko, 32, of San Anselmo, Calif., were the men’s and women’s champions in the Kaiser Permanente…
March 1
In a race that starts and finishes in San Francisco’s historic Chinatown, Ryan Lok, 24, of Oakland, Calif., ran 33:25 to repeat as the men’s…
Chinese New Year Run 10K
San Francisco, California
February 28
Malcolm Richards, 32, of San Francisco, Calif., won the Juana Run, Sat., Feb. 28, in Palo Alto, Calif., as he covered the 8K distance in…
Juana Run
Palo Alto, California
February 22
Running in his hometown, Austin Tamagno, who’s only 17, won the Brea 8K Classic in Brea, Calif., Sun., Feb. 22, by a mere second over…
February 22
Ethiopians reigned supreme in the Tokyo Marathon in Tokyo, Japan, Sun., Feb. 22, as Endeshaw Negesse, 23, was the men’s winner in 2:06 flat and…
Tokyo Marathon
Tokyo, Japan
February 21
A rising new star in Double Racing®, Jovanny Godinez, 23, of Hayward, Calif., was the runaway winner of the Double 15K at the San Jose…
February 21
Michael Belgiovine, 23, of Mahwah, N.J., won the Al Gordon Classic on a frigid day in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, Sat., Feb. 21, as he covered…
Al Gordon Classic
Brooklyn, NY
February 16
Craig Leon, 24, of Eugene, Ore., was a convincing winner of the Kaiser Permanente Great Aloha Run in Honolulu, Hawaii, Mon., Feb. 16, as he…
February 15
David Fuentes, 35, of Mexico and Kristen Zaitz, 34, of Bloomfield, Conn., were the men’s and women’s winners in the Freescale Austin Half-Marathon in Austin,…
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Racing Photo Galleries
More San Jose Double Racing Festival Feb 21, 2015
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243 photos.
A mix bag of photos from the San Jose Double Feb 21, 2015.  Double finishers, Bob Anderson's Kids Cup Double...
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San Jose Double Road Race Feb 2015
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746 photos.
The San Jose Double Racing Festival presented by IDT and hosted by Ujena Fit Club was an exciting event.  The...
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Stage 2 Pleasanton Double Racing Dec 21 2014
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80 photos.
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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95 photos.
One of the favorite events of the Double Racing Festival is the Kids Cup Double.  This is a two stage...
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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 2,329,372  
2013 Male Finishers 957,558 48%
2013 Female Finishers 1,044,340 52%
2012 Total Prize Money $8,555,985  
2012 Total Finishers 2,167,916  
2012 Male Finishers 1,017,273 48%
2012 Female Finishers 1,090,578 52%
2011 Total Finishers  
2011 Male Finishers 0%
2011 Female Finishers 0%
Featured Races 299 
Associated Races 70 
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
27:37 Bedan Karoki Muchiri
23 08/02/14
27:43 Stephen Kosgei
27 08/02/14
27:44 Leonard Partick Komon
26 04/19/14
27:50 Ben True
Hanover, NH
28 08/02/14
27:57 Patrick Makau
29 08/02/14
44:51 Julius Koskei
32 06/01/14
45:05 Tesfaye Alemayehu
Antioch, CA
29 12/21/14
45:51 Julius Koskei
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
44:18 Geoffrey Kenisi Bundi
26 07/13/14
44:33 Julius Keter
25 07/13/14
44:44 Belete Assefa
23 07/13/14
44:52 Allan Kiprono
24 07/13/14
45:22 Samson Gebre Gezahai
22 07/13/14
HALF MARATHON - Top Five Males
59:23 Bedan Karoki
24 09/21/14
59:58 Cybrian Kotut
22 09/21/14
1:00:00 Mo Farah
31 09/07/14
1:00:00 Mike Kigen
28 09/07/14
1:00:12 Solomon Deksisa
20 06/01/14
1:00:28 Geoffrey Bundi
26 06/01/14
MARATHON - Top Five Males
2:02:57 Dennis Kimetto
30 09/28/14
2:03:13 Emmanuel Mutai
30 09/28/14
2:04:11 Eliud Kipchoge
29 10/12/14
2:04:28 Sammy Kitwara
27 10/12/14
2:04:29 Wilson Kipsang
32 04/13/14
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
31:27 Gemma Steel
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
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
50:14 Mary Wacera
25 07/13/14
50:17 Yimer Wude Ayalew
27 07/13/14
50:21 Cynthia Jerotic Limo
24 07/13/14
51:05 Tigist Tufa
27 07/13/14
51:09 Megan Hogan
New York, NY
26 11/09/14
HALF MARATHON - Top Five Females
1:05:39 Mary Keitany
32 09/07/14
1:08:13 Gemma Steel
28 09/07/14
1:08:20 Mamitu Daska
30 10/12/14
1:08:24 Cynthia Limo
24 10/12/14
1:08:31 Sally Kipyego
28 03/16/14
MARATHON - Top Five Females
2:18:57 Rita Jeptoo
33 04/21/14
2:19:59 Buzunesh Deba
27 04/21/14
2:20:18 Tirfi Tsegaye
29 09/28/14
2:20:21 Edna Kiplagat
35 04/13/14
2:20:24 Florence Kiplagat
27 04/13/14

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