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Virgin London Marathon

In the race that saw world and Olympic 5- and 10,000-meter champion Mo Farah make his much-anticipated marathon debut, world marathon recordholder Wilson Kipsang and two-time world champion Edna Kiplagat emerged victorious in the Kenyan-dominated Virgin London Marathon, Sun., April 13.

Kipsang, 32, won his second London Marathon title in ... (continued...)

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Best Road Races - They Said It...No 4

Compiled and edited by David Prokop
Editor of BestRoadRaces.com

KEY TO THE DOUBLE?

“The fitter you are, the quicker you recover.”

-- Agreeing in unison, Julius Koskei of Kenya and Tesfaye Alemayehu of Ethiopia (who  now lives in Antioch, Calif.) after they finished 1-2 in the second annual Pleasanton Double Road Race™, Sun., Dec. 22, 2013. They were explaining how they recovered with such apparent ease during the Recovery Break between the 10K and 5K legs of the event, while many runners typically have a much tougher time recovering. At Pleasanton, Koskei ran the 10K in 29:42 and 5K in 14:35 to set a new world record of 44:24, bettering his own previous mark of 44:31. Koskei is the only runner who has run under 30 minutes in the opening 10K leg of the Double – and he’s now done it twice!

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A LONG RUN the movie

Bob Anderson started Runner's World magazine in 1966 at age 17 with $100. 47 years later he started his 50 race challenge. This is his story! Narrated by Sean Astin.

Some of the runners besides Bob Anderson featured in the film include: Bill Rodgers, Paula Radcliffe, Joe Henderson, George Hirsch, Rich Benyo, Amol Sexena, JoAnn Dahlkoetter, Rich Stiller, Hans Schmid, JT Service, Pina Family, Wall Family, Billy Mills, Gerry Lindgren, Dave Zimmerman, Dean Karnazes, and more...

Dan Brown, San Jose Mercury News review: "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 but also to the low-budget thrill of a community 5K. The gorgeous cinematography captures The Avenue of the Giants, the San Francisco landscapes and the vistas of Fort Bragg. And the smoothly intertwined stories -- the challenge, the magazine, the running boom -- are handled with Olympic-caliber pacing. By the end, you're left with a runner's high, without all the sweat."

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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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Racing the Double - an Outsider's View

By Rich Stiller

I have never raced The Double Road Race. 

I have headed up the course monitors at two of The Double Road Race events so I have seen the race up close without actually having stepped on the course with a race number. I have raced other doubles but that was years ago, back in the 1990’s, as the running member of a two-man duathlon team. Back then I was paired with a cyclist. I ran 5K, waited around while the cyclist did his 25-30K leg and then I ran another 5K leg.

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Best Road Races Statistics
2013 Total Prize Money $8,736,287  
2012 Total Prize Money $8,717,035  
2012 Total Finishers 2,604,615  
2012 Male Finishers 1,050,483 47%
2012 Female Finishers 1,196,376 53%
2011 Total Finishers 2,444,028  
2011 Male Finishers 1,133,230 47%
2011 Female Finishers 1,240,582 53%
Featured Races 324 
Associated Races 149 
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
13:31 Diego Estrada
Salinas, CA
24 03/30/14
10K - Top Five Males
20:05 Julius Kiptoo
Kenya
36 04/12/14
28:18 Julius Kosher
Dearborn, Mi
33 04/12/14
28:35 Bidan Kardki Muchiri
Kenya
23 02/23/14
28:39 Birhan Nebebew
Ethiopia
19 04/05/14
28:42 Mourad Marofit
Morocco
32 04/05/14
DOUBLE ROAD RACE - Top Five Males
48:23 Chandler Kemp
USA
24 02/22/14
50:08 Darius Terry
USA
22 02/22/14
50:26 Adam Roach
USA
29 02/22/14
52:50 Alex Esparaza
USA
23 02/22/14
53:15 Jose Pina
USA
43 02/22/14
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
1:00:50 Geoffrey Mutai
Kenya
32 03/16/14
1:01:07 Mo Farah
Great Britain
30 03/16/14
1:01:08 Stephen Sambu
Kenya
25 03/16/14
01:01:23 Keflezighi, Meb
USA
38 01/19/14
01:01:38 Braun, Aaron
USA
26 01/19/14
MARATHON - Top Five Males
2:04:29 Wilson Kipsang
Kenya
32 04/13/14
2:04:32 Mekonnen Asefa, Tsegaye
Ethiopia
18 01/24/14
2:04:55 Stanley Biwott
Kenya
28 04/13/14
2:05:13 Geneti Guteta, Markos
Ethiopia
29 01/24/14
2:05:42 DIckson Chumba
Kenya
02/23/14
5K - Top Five Females
15:06 Julia Bleasdale
Great Britain
32 03/30/14
15:21 Betsy Saina
Kenya
25 03/30/14
15:23 Etalemhu Habtewold
Ethiopia
23 03/30/14
15:24 Brenda Martinez
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
26 03/30/14
15:30 Amy Van Alstine
Flagstaff, AZ
26 03/30/14
10K - Top Five Females
32:06 Mary Wagera
Kenya
41 02/23/14
32:09 Gladys Cherono
Kenya
30 02/23/14
32:13 Linet Masai
Kenya
29 02/23/14
32:14 Azmera Gebru
Ethiopia
21 04/05/14
32:20 Etalemhu Habtewold
Ethiopia
23 04/05/14
DOUBLE ROAD RACE - Top Five Females
55:16 Tori Tyler
USA
26 02/22/14
56:03 Tania Morimoto
USA
24 02/22/14
1:01:10 Rosa Guiterrez
USA
50 02/22/14
1:01:10 Rosa Guiterrez
50 02/22/14
1:03:49 Jonya Meyer
USA
41 02/22/14
1:03:49 Jonya Meyer
41 02/22/14
1:09:38 Sharlet Gilbert
USA
62 02/22/14
1:09:38 Sharlet Gilbert
62 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
50:31 Katie Dicamillo
Providence, RI
27 03/15/14
HALF MARATHON - Top Five Females
1:08:31 Sally Kipyego
Kenya
28 03/16/14
1:08:59 Buzunesh Deba
Ethiopia
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
1:09:36 Lisa Stublic
Croatia[
29 03/16/14
MARATHON - Top Five Females
2:20:21 Edna Kiplagat
Kenya
35 04/13/14
2:20:24 Florence Kiplagat
Kenya
27 04/13/14
2:20:35 Tirunesh Dibaba
Ethiopia
29 04/13/14
2:21:43 Feyse Tadese
Ethiopia
28 04/13/14
2:22:23 Tirfi Tsegaye
Ethopia
02/23/14

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