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Kenya Double 21k Adventure Run

As ducks take to water, so the natural-born Kenyan distance runners took to the Double, Sat., Sept. 6, as the Double 21K Adventure Run was held in Thika, Kenya.

As might be expected, in the first Double of any distance ever held in Africa, the Kenyan runners set a whole ... (continued...)

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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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Kenya Double 21k Adventure Run 2014

The first ever Double Racing event in Africa took place in Thika (an hour outside of Nairobi) Sept 6. It was also the first ever Double 21k. The two legs of this Double are 15k and 6k. The 6k leg starts 2:30 after the start of the 15k.

Samuel Mwangi was first man running 1:01:56. Chebotibin Kimalel was second in 1:02:03. Millicent Maina was first woman running 1:13:22. 122,000ksh of prize money was awarded!

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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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Champions of the Double

Peter Mullin has taken Double Racing® by storm. He broke the 60-64 age group world record in the first Double 15K he ever ran – the second annual Pleasanton Double last December. While he didn’t improve on that time in his next two Doubles – runners had to contend with heavy winds in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the course in Overland Park, Kan., had some hills – he won the prestigious Double Victory Cup for best age-graded performance in each of those races. As a result of this impressive three-for-three debut in Double Racing®, he went straight to the top of the Men’s Leader Board for the Double 15K.

None of this should come as any surprise really. Before he ever ran a Double, the 5’9”, 152-pound oil exploration engineer from Houston, Tex., had established himself as one of the nation’s top Masters runners and in 2012 he was named the Ujena Fit Club Runner of the Year.

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Track star Mo Farah, 31, ended his trying 2014 road racing season on a winning note Sun., Sept. 7 as he won the Bupa Great…
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As ducks take to water, so the natural-born Kenyan distance runners took to the Double, Sat., Sept. 6, as the Double 21K Adventure Run was…
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Kenya Double 21k 6k leg Sept 6 2014
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Kenya Double 21k Adventure Run Sept 2014
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The first Double ever held in Africa was the Kenya Double 21k Adventure Run in Thika, Kenya Sept 6.  This...
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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 2,514,460  
2012 Male Finishers 1,016,013 47%
2012 Female Finishers 1,146,432 53%
2011 Total Finishers 2,357,103  
2011 Male Finishers 1,099,362 47%
2011 Female Finishers 1,191,687 53%
Featured Races 322 
Associated Races 127 
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
47:24 Darius Terry
San Jose, CA
23 08/23/14
47:44 Samuel Kosgei
30 06/29/14
48:23 Chandler Kemp
24 02/22/14
49:19 Kota Reichert
Los Altos Hills, CA
31 08/23/14
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
1:00:00 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
1:00:39 Dickson Chumba
28 06/01/14
1:00:50 Geoffrey Mutai
32 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
31:27 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
31:43 Risper Gesabwa
25 04/19/14
31:46 Hiwot Ayalew
24 04/19/14
DOUBLE ROAD RACE - Top Five Females
52:13 Molly Pritz
Williamsport, PA
26 05/11/14
53:30 Liudmile Stepanova
30 06/01/14
54:15 Tori Tyler
Danville, CA
27 08/23/14
54:44 Allison Maxson
Foslom, CA
28 08/23/14
55:16 Tori Tyler
26 02/22/14
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
1:05:39 Mary Keitany
32 09/07/14
1:08:13 Gemma Steel
28 09/07/14
1:08:31 Sally Kipyego
28 03/16/14
1:08:45 Tiki Gelana
27 09/07/14
1:08:59 Buzunesh Deba
26 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
2:20:21 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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