PHILADELPHIA, Pa. / TAMPA, Fla. () – The 2018 Rock ‘n’ Roll® Philadelphia Half Marathon will once again include a world-class group of elite men and women when they toe the line on . With the depth of the elite field, the half marathon, which will take place on , is set to be one of the most thrilling races of the year, taking runners along the flat and fast course that starts on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, runs through Center City before winding along the city’s scenic Schuylkill River and finishing at the iconic “Rocky Steps” of the Philadelphia Art Museum.
McFadden and Romanchuk Repeat as Winners in Wheelchair Division - FALMOUTH, MA (August 19, 2018) – It was a day to rewrite history at the 46 th running of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race, as Ben Flanagan of Canada became the first man from North America to break the tape in 30 years and Caroline Chepkoech of Kenya the first woman to win for three consecutive years since course record-holder Lornah Kiplagat in 2002.
In the wheelchair division, sponsored by Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Tatyana McFadden won for thefourth time here, in 28:43, while Daniel Romanchuk defended his title in 23:48.
Flanagan, whose response of “Where’s my mom?” after winning the 2018 NCAA title at 10,000 meters this spring went viral, denied Stephen Sambu his fifth-consecutive title when he crossed the line first, in 32:21, followed by Americans Scott Fauble in 32:23 and Leonard Korir in 32:28. Sambu came across in fourth, (32:32), with Martin Hehir fifth (32:38) to put three Americans in the top five.
Winning the women’s race in the wheelchair division, sponsored by Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, was Tatyana McFadden in 28:43, while Daniel Romanchuk defended his title in 23:48, the fourth-fastest time in race history.
A rookie on the pro circuit, Flanagan nonetheless knew that Sambu was a master of the course and two-time runner-up Korir had a killer kick, so he sat back and churned away mile after mile among the lead group. Winding through opening miles of 4:34, 4:44, and 4:40, Sambu led a pack of 20 that held tight from Nobska Light all along the waterfront down Surf Drive. Korir and U.S. Army teammate Haron Lagat touched the lead briefly, while Scott Fauble, Martin Hehir, and Flanagan sat in their slipstream. The pack would be cut in half by five miles (23:14), with a remarkable six men still in contention turning onto Falmouth Heights Road for the final mile.
Surprising even himself, Flanagan made the climb up the last hill only to realize he had begun to separate and leave the group behind. Once he saw the finish tape, the Kitchener, Ontario, native sprinted and began his celebration, pointing to the crowd and leaping through the tape with a pump of the fist.
“It’s unbelievable, honestly,” said Flanagan, the first men’s champion to hail from North America since Missouri’s Mark Curp in 1988. “I’ve found myself at these events that I could only really have dreamed of competing at. The attitude has been [that] there’s no specific expectation. I know what I’m capable of doing, but
there’s nothing to lose coming into these races.”
The 23-year-old pocketed $10,000 for the win plus an additional $5,000 for prevailing in “The Countdown” by finishing within three minutes of Chepkoech. “It’s the best surprise in the world! I have one semester of school left and I think I just paid it off right there. Best day ever!”
Flanagan is coached by the University of Michigan’s Kevin Sullivan, a three-time Olympian and winner of the 2002 Falmouth Mile.
The women’s race was once again dominated by the 24-year-old Chepkoech, who pulled away from compatriots Margaret Wangari and Mary Wacera at three miles.
“Because Wacera and Wangari they were strong, so I decided to push fast,” said Chepkoech, who had hoped to assault the course record but was hampered by a headwind. “I’m happy so much for winning this race. I’m focusing for Falmouth. I love Falmouth. I love the people of Falmouth.”
Wangari, the 2012 Falmouth champion, would finish second in 36:43 – 55 seconds in arrears – while Wacera was third in 37:17.
The first American woman across the line was Melissa Dock, 36, of Boulder, CO, who ran the race of her life. “I thought maybe on a good day I could be top 10, but I never imagined this,” said the mother of 6-year-old twins who twice has won the citizen’s race at the Bolder Boulder 10K.
Winning the men’s masters division was Ryan Carrara, 42, of Hudson, MA (39:03); for the women it was Kaela O’Neil, 40, of North Kingstown, RI (42:40)
For the wheelchair racers, Romanchuk recorded the fourth-fastest time in race history, while McFadden’s ranked #5. But it was her third-place overall – besting 11 of the 13 male competitors – that was especially impressive.
“Men don’t like to get ‘chicked,’” she said, referring to being passed by a woman. “But they got chicked today.”
Among the other notable finishers of today’s race were Bill Rodgers, who served as Official Starter of the mass race to mark 40 years since his last victory here, in 1978 (58:09); Olympic marathon gold medalist Frank Shorter (1:28:19); three-time Super Bowl champion Tedy Bruschi (1:08:06); and NASA astronaut Sunita Williams (1:12:47). Reigning Boston Marathon champion Des Linden ran among the masses after sounding the starting horn as the Official Starter for the elite women’s race. She finished in 45:15, her first time running this race.
“It’s beautiful,” she said of the course. “It helps you forget it’s really hard. Some really impressive things have been done on this course. It’s cool to cover it and it would be really fun to race it.”
About Falmouth Road Race
The New Balance Falmouth Road Race was established in 1973 and has become one of the premier running events of the summer season. Each year the race draws an international field of Olympians, elite and recreational runners out to enjoy the iconic 7-mile seaside course. The non-profit Falmouth Road Race, Inc. organization is committed to promoting health and fitness through community programs and philanthropic giving.
Sambu Seeks 5th Straight; Chepkoech Eyes Course Record; McFadden and Romanchuk Lead Wheelchair Field - FALMOUTH, MA (August 8, 2018)—Making history at the New Balance Falmouth Road Race last year wasn’t enough for Stephen Sambu: After becoming the first man to win here four times, the 30-year-old Kenyan is coming back in quest of a fifth-consecutive victory, organizers announced today.
Seeking to make some history of her own will be Caroline Chepkoech, who last year became the first woman to defend her Falmouth title since fellow Kenyan Lornah Kiplagat won three straight from 2000-2002. Not only is the 24-year-old Chepkoech hoping to win her third straight, but she is also aiming to break Kiplagat’s 18-year-old course record of 35:02.
In the wheelchair division, sponsored by Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Americans Tatyana McFadden and Daniel Romanchuk are both returning. McFadden, a 17-time Paralympic medalist and Falmouth course record-holder, will be going after her third victory here, while Romanchuk – who celebrated his 20th birthday earlier this month and is rapidly becoming one of the best racers in the world – will be looking to defend his 2017 win, in which he broke the course record.
In the men’s open division, Sambu will face a stiff challenge from a pair of U.S. Olympians, Leonard Korir and Lopez Lomong. Korir, a 2016 Olympian at 10,000 meters and an eight-time U.S. champion on the roads and cross country, was runner-up to Sambu here in both 2016 and 2017; last year, the finish was so close that both men were given the same time. Lomong, a two-time Olympian and one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan,” was the U.S. flagbearer in 2008 and recently won the U.S. 10,000-meter title, becoming the only American man in history to win national titles at both 1500 meters and 10,000 meters on the track. He will be making his Falmouth debut.
Among the other top Americans are Haron Lagat, runner-up in the USA 10 km Championships on July 4; Christo Landry, a six-time national champion on the roads; Scott Fauble, fourth at 10,000 meters in the 2016 Olympic Trials; and Martin Hehir, fifth this year at the USA Cross Country Championships and third in the USA 15 km Championships.
Representing Great Britain will be 2012 Olympian Chris Thompson and Callum Hawkins, ninth in the 2016 Olympic marathon and fourth in the 2017 IAAF World Championships marathon, and running for Canada will be Ben Flanagan, the 2018 NCAA champion at 10,000 meters who recently placed second – one spot ahead of Korir – at the Quad City Times Bix 7.
Chepkoech will face a formidable roster of challengers, among them compatriots Mary Wacera, a two-time IAAF World Championships Half Marathon medalist who in 2018 has won both the BAA 10K and Utica Boilermaker 15K; and Margaret Wangari, the 2012 New Balance Falmouth Road Race champion who is coming off a victory at the 2018 Quad City Times Bix 7. Buze Diriba of Ethiopia, who has won five major road races in the U.S. this season from distances of 5K to the half marathon, should also challenge.
American contenders are led by nine-time USA champion Aliphine Tuliamuk; two-time Olympian Kim Conley; and Kellyn Taylor, the 2014 USA 25K Champion who in 2016 finished sixth at the Olympic Marathon Trials and fourth at 10,000 meters in the track trials. Returning for the first time since her runner-up finish here in 2014 is Gemma Steel of Great Britain, the 2014 European Cross Country Champion.
First prize in the men’s and women’s open division is $10,000, leading a total $126,000 prize purse for Race Week events, which include the Aetna Falmouth Elite Mile the evening before the 7-miler.
Chepkoech will be looking to defend not only her 2016 and 2017 crowns but also to continue her reign as winner of “The Countdown,” sponsored by Aetna. A beat-the-clock handicap race, “The Countdown” features a finish-line clock that starts when the first woman breaks the tape, counting down the number of minutes and seconds the winning man has to beat, according to a pre-determined formula. If the clock runs out before he crosses the line, the victorious woman wins a $5,000 bonus; if it doesn’t, the winning man will take home the money.
Based on the average gap between the winning times for men and women over the past 10 years of the race and the predicted relative strength of the 2018 fields, the clock will tick down from 3:00 minutes.
The 46th running of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race will take place Sunday, August 19, 2018. For more information, please visit our website at www.falmouthroadrace.com; our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/falmouthroadrace; our Twitter feed atwww.twitter.com/falmouthrr, and our Instagram at www.instagram.com/falmouthroadrace
Defending Champion Ben Blankenship & Top U.S. Miler Amanda Eccleston Headline 2018 GNC Live Well Liberty MileWritten by Super User
night time 1-mile race offers a $30,000 prize purse presented by GNC Live Well; event is third stop on the BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2018
PITTSBURGH () – Defending champion Ben Blankenship and top U.S. miler Amanda Eccleston headline a deep field of professional runners at this year’s GNC Live Well Liberty Mile, scheduled for . The evening road race will offer a prize purse of $30,000, one of the largest for U.S. road mile races.
ATLANTA – July 4, 2018 – For the 49th consecutive year, Atlanta began its Fourth of July on Peachtree, as 60,000 runners and walkers converged on a humid summer day to finish the AJC Peachtree Road Race. With the Peachtree playing host to the USATF 10km Championships for the second consecutive year, the first men and women to finish, Bernard Lagat (Tucson, AZ) and Stephanie Bruce (Flagstaff, AZ), were crowned national champions.