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Pleasanton Double 15K

Tesfaye Alemayehu, 31, the always fast and very experienced Ethiopian distance star from Antioch, Calif., repeated as the winner of the Pleasanton Double 15K at the fourth annual Pleasanton Double Racing Festival in Pleasanton, Calif., Sun., Dec. 20.

On a chilly morning, he ran the opening 10K leg in 30:58 ... (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

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Narrated by:

Sean Astin

Featuring:

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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Kids Cup Double 1.5 Mile Pleasanton 2015
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The Bob Anderson's Kids Cup Double 1.5 Mile was held December 20, 2015.  The kids really enjoyed their Double.  Photos...
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2015 Pleasanton Double First Leg Finish
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The 4th annual Pleasanton Double Racing Festival took place December 20, 2015 in Pleasanton, California.  It was little cold at...
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Best Road Races Statistics
2015 Total Prize Money $9,551,882
2014 Total Prize Money $8,433,160  
2013 Total Prize Money $8,233,537  
2013 Total Finishers 2,329,172  
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 300 
Associated Races 69 
Best Performances 2015
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5K - Top Five Males
13:22 Ben True
Hanover, NH
29 04/18/15
13:23 Stephen Sambu
Kenya
26 04/18/15
13:27 Danuiek Salel
Kenya
24 04/18/15
13:31 Philip Langat
Kenya
24 04/18/15
13:32 Lawi Lalang
Kenya
23 03/29/15
8K - Top Five Males
23:03 Stephen Sambu
Piedmont, CA
26 03/29/15
23:10 Jacob Riley
Rochester, NY
28 03/29/15
23:10 Phillip Reid
San Luis Obisop, CA
25 03/29/15
23:21 Brendan Gregg
Davis, CA
28 03/29/15
23:26 Mo Hrezi
Rochester, NY
22 03/29/15
23:29 Kevin Havel
Chicago, IL
32 03/29/15
10K - Top Five Males
27:55 Nicholas Bor
Kenya
27 05/25/15
27:57 Simon Cheprot
Kenya
24 05/25/15
28:03 Juluis Kogo
Kenya
29 02/07/15
28:15 David Kogei
Kenya
30 05/25/15
28:16 Geoffrey Kenisi
Kenya
27 02/07/15
DOUBLE 8K - Top Five Males
24:54 ANDERS FOX
England
20 12/20/15
25:47 NICHOLAS SPECTOR
Sonoma, CA
23 08/02/15
26:17 OSAMU TADA
Sacramento, CA
34 08/02/15
26:20 Nini Benbouzid
Mill Valley, CA
34 05/10/15
26:58 Pedro Montes
Salinas, CA
30 05/10/15
DOUBLE 5K - Top Five Males
16:34 Pedro Montes
Santa Cruz, CA
30 02/21/15
17:42 Omar Pina
San Jose, CA
13 02/21/15
19:18 Nick Froumis
San Jose, CA
36 02/21/15
19:40 Elliot Daniels
Campbell, CA
10 02/21/15
20:15 Hugh Williams
Los Gatos, CA
45 02/21/15
20:15 Hugh Williams
45 02/21/15
DOUBLE 15K - Top Five Males
43:11 Julius Koskei
Kenya
33 05/10/15
45:39 Jovanny Godinez
Hayward, CA
23 02/21/15
48:05 ETHAN CLARY
UNITED STATES
26 05/17/15
48:23 Darius Terry
San Jose, CA
23 02/21/15
48:58 Alemayehy Bedada
San Jose, CA
32 02/21/15
15K - Top Five Males
43:31 Eliud Ngetich
Kenya
21 07/12/15
43:59 Lani Rutto
Kenya
26 07/12/15
44:00 Belete Assefa
Ethiopia
24 07/12/15
44:07 Teshome Mekoen
Ethiopia
19 07/12/15
44:24 Isaac Mukundi Mwangi
Kenya
27 07/12/15
HALF MARATHON - Top Five Males
59:22 MO FARAH
ENGLAND
32 09/13/15
59:24 STANLEY BIWOTT
KENYA
29 09/13/15
1:00:10 MIKE KIGEN
KENYA
29 09/13/15
1:00:40 STEPHEN MOKOKA
RUSSIA
30 09/13/15
1:00:51 Diego Estrada
Phoenix, AZ
25 01/18/15
MARATHON - Top Five Males
2​:​10:11 Chihaur Takada
Japan
26 12/06/15
2​:​0​8:18 Patrick Makau
Kenya
30 12/06/15
2​:​14:19 Serod Batochir
Japan
26 12/06/15
2​:​08:31 Getu Feleke
Ethiopia
29 12/06/15
2​:​09:43 B​e​r​n​a​r​d Koech
Japan
28 12/06/15
5K - Top Five Females
14:40 Molly Huddle
Providence, RI
30 04/18/15
14:51 Sentayehu Ejicu
Ethiopia
29 04/18/15
14:52 Mamitu Daska
Ethiopia
31 04/18/15
14:57 Buze Diriba
Ethiopia
21 04/18/15
15:00 Mary Wacera
Kenya
26 04/18/15
8K - Top Five Females
26:32 Alexi Pappas
Eugene, OR
25 03/29/15
26:43 Megan Goethals
Rochester Hills, MI
28 03/29/15
27:19 Kristen Heckert
Bolingbrook, IL
29 03/29/15
27:28 Danna Kelly Herrick
Urbandale, IA
34 03/29/15
27:30 Kelsi Nutter
Painesville, OH
26 03/29/15
10K - Top Five Females
30:55 Gladys Cherono
Kenya
30 05/25/15
31:15 Mary Keitany
Kenya
33 06/13/15
31:18 Peres Jepchirchir
Kenya
23 05/25/15
31:21 Molly Huddle
Providence, RI
31 10/12/15
31:48 Lanni Marchant
Canada
34 05/25/15
DOUBLE 8K - Top Five Females
30:00 MICHELLE MEYER
San Francisco, CA
28 08/02/15
31:09 BRE AVALOS
San Jose, CA
21 08/02/15
31:22 CYNTHIA SALAZAR
San Francisco, CA
19 08/02/15
31:50 ROSA GUTIERREZ
San Jose, CA
51 08/02/15
31:50 ROSA GUTIERREZ
51 08/02/15
31:58 ELLEN SILVA
Ada, OK
32 12/20/15
DOUBLE 5K - Top Five Females
21:16 JULIE AUMAN
UNITED STATES
24 05/17/15
21:39 KENDRA ADAMS
CUTLER BAY, FL
23 05/17/15
22:05 Kaia Emery
San Mateo, CA
10 02/21/15
22:09 Maggie Sena
San Mateo, CA
10 02/21/15
22:31 ANN GREEN
CORAL SPRINGS, FL
41 05/17/15
22:31 ANN GREEN
41 05/17/15
DOUBLE 15K - Top Five Females
56:38 Maggie Yount
Portola Valley, CA
31 02/21/15
56:39 Kris Paaso
Menlo Park, CA
44 02/21/15
56:39 Kris Paaso
44 02/21/15
58:06 Rosa Guiterrez
San Jose, CA
51 05/10/15
58:06 Rosa Guiterrez
51 05/10/15
58:16 Christine Kennedy
Los Gatos, CA
60 05/10/15
58:16 Christine Kennedy
60 05/10/15
58:36 NATASHA YAREMCZUK
CANADA
35 05/17/15
15K - Top Five Females
48:49 Mary Wacera Ngugi
Kenya
26 07/12/15
48:51 Cynthia Jerotich Limo
Kenya
25 07/12/15
50:10 Ruita Aga
Ethiopia
21 07/12/15
50:35 Simegn Abnet
Ethiopia
29 07/12/15
50:56 Etalemahu Habtewold
Ethiopia
24 07/12/15
HALF MARATHON - Top Five Females
1:07:32 MARY KEITANY
KENYA
32 09/13/15
1:08:31 Molly Huddle
Providence, RI
30 03/15/15
1:08:42 Joyce Chepkirui
Kenya
26 03/15/15
1:09:35 Deena Kastor
Mammoth Lakes, CA
42 04/19/15
1:09:35 Deena Kastor
42 04/19/15
1:09:39 Sally Kipyego
Kenya
29 03/15/15
MARATHON - Top Five Females
2:19:25 Gladys Cherono
Kenya
33 09/27/15
2:20:02 Aselefech Mergia
Ethiopia
29 01/23/15
2:20:03 Gladys Cherono
Kenya
31 01/23/15
2:20:21 Lucy Kabuu
Kenya
30 01/23/15
2:20:48 Aberu Kebede
Ethiopia
31 09/27/15

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