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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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Bali Double Racing Festival
05/07/2016
Double Racing is the only running event with a halftime. Run a the first leg, recover, run the...
Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon
05/07/2016
This scenic course runs through the Santa Ynez Valley. Santa Ynez is located less than 30 miles from...
OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon
05/07/2016
The 38th Running of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon takes place on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Mini...
Susan Komen Race For the Cure
05/07/2016
Nancy Brinker promised her dying sister Susan G. Komen that she would do everything possible to find a...
Pacific Grove Double 15K
05/08/2016
Double Racing is the only running event with a halftime. Run a the first leg, recover, run the...
Fifth Third River Bank Run 25k
05/14/2016
The largest 25K in the country, the USATF certified loop course starts in downtown Grand Rapids on Monroe...
Zappos Bay to Breakers
05/15/2016
Bay to Breakers 12k is one of the world’s largest and oldest footraces, held annually in San Francisco,...
JH Rhody Run
05/22/2016
The Rhody Run starts and finishes at the same point and covers a loop through a rural area...
Soldier Field 10 Mile
05/28/2016
The race will start near the east lawn of Soldier Field and head south with portions of the...
Ottawa 10K
05/28/2016
The 10K is open to all. Ottawa's course is fast, scenic and few elevation changes. Considered to be an excellent...
Dick's Sporting Goods Bolder Boulder Elite Race
05/30/2016
Enjoy the beautiful Boulder scenery and see some of Boulder's history along the way. Just when you think...
Fontana Day Half Marathon
06/04/2016
This is one of the fastest half marathon courses in the world. The course drops 2,000 feet mostly...
Baltimore 10 Miler
06/04/2016
This run features a scenic, challenging, yet fun course the starts and finishes at Druid Hill Lake Park...
Virginia Wine Country Half Marthon
06/04/2016
This is the fifth installment in the "Destination Races" series. This loop course starts and finishes at Doukenie...
Hospital Hill Half Marathon
06/04/2016
Are you ready to conquer The Hill? The 39th annual Hospital Hill Run features a challenging course, offering...
Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Half Marathon
06/05/2016
San Diego has so much to offer participants both on and off the course! The thoughtfully designed route...
Sound to Narrows
06/11/2016
This race sponsored by Roman Meal Company takes runners through Tacoma, Washington....
New York Mini 10K (women only)
06/11/2016
As the first-ever road race exclusively for female participants, the “Mini” has a loyal cadre of followers who...
Chicago Double Racing Festival
06/12/2016
Date: Sunday June 14, 2015 Location: The Odeum Expo, Villa Park, IL (12 miles from O'Hare Airport, and...
The Dipsea Race
06/12/2016
First run in 1905, the Dipsea is the oldest trail race in America. It is run every year...
ODDyssey Half Marathon
06/12/2016
The ODDyssey promoters have not forgotten that running is fun. This is a serious Half, but it's coupled...
Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon
06/18/2016
First-timer or Boston-bound, the marathon and half marathon courses are scenic and fun. Live bands, cheer squads and...
Grandma's Marathon
06/18/2016
Grandma's Marathon began in 1977 when a group of local runners planned a scenic road race from Two...
Mount Washington Road Race
06/18/2016
The historic all-uphill run draws thousands of runners from across New England, throughout the U.S., and from countries...
San Francisco 8K Double Adventure Run
06/19/2016
8k Adventure Run on the Lands End Trail....
Overland Park Double Racing Festival
06/26/2016
It's altogether fitting that the location is Overland Park, Kan., where Bob Anderson, creator of the Double, was...
Stratton Faxon Fairfield Half Marathon
06/26/2016
The Fairfield Half Marathon was founded in 1981 and is annually chosen by running magazines as one of...
Missoula Marathon
07/10/2016
Half and full marathon in Missoula, Montana, in the city they call "The Garden City." Amazing participation by...
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The third Double Running event in Japan was held Feb 28, 2016.  Start and finish was at the stadium.  The...
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Palo Alto CA 8k Double Adventure Run 2016
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The 2nd Annual Baylands 8k Double Adventure Run held in Palo Alto California March 13, 2016 was a fun wet...
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Palo Alto 8k Double Adventure Run 2016
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March 13, 2016 was the second annual Baylands 8k Double Adventure Run in Palo Alto.  Photos by Catherine Cross for...
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Baylands Palo Alto 8k Double Adventure Run Mar 13, 2016
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There were lots of puddles and water but all in all it was a fun morning of double running in...
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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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