George Byron Alex takes first place in men’s race; 3-time Super Bowl Champion Roger Craig runs on behalf of ALS Association; Ron and Susan Carino finished their 100th Rock ‘n’ Roll Race hand-in-hand - SAN JOSE, Calif. (October 8) – The fastest half marathon in California lived up to its speedy reputation on Sunday at the 12th edition of the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon. Canada’s Sasha Gollish was the first woman to break the tape in the center of Silicon Valley. The 35-year-old’s victory, under sunny skies, was clear-cut with Gollish running one hour, 12 minutes and 57 seconds for the 13.1-mile distance. Gollish’s finishing time equated to an average of 5:33 per mile.
(photo: USATF) -MINNEAPOLIS – A furious dash to the finish, saw both Shadrack Kipchirchir and Sara Hall hold off their competition, as the two charged to the tape in victorious fashion Sunday morning at the USATF 10 Mile Championships in the Twin Cities.
This weekend's Berlin Marathon may well be one of the greatest footraces ever. Kenenisa Bekele, considered by many, if not most, to be the greatest distance runner ever is only the second fastest man over the 26.2 mile distance to be toeing the line. His NN teammate, Eliud Kipchoge, is the fastest ever over the classical Olympic distance. He has won in Berlin before, is the reigning Olympic Champion and has run the absolute fastest marathon ever, with Nike's much hyped run in Milan earlier this year. Kipchoge has only lost one of the eight marathons he has started and will look to set a blazing fast, record-eligible time on the streets of the German capital. Bekele is officially the second fastest marathoner ever and still holds the 5,000 and 10,000 world records to go along with several World and Olympic championships on the track and in Cross Country. Wilson Kipsang shouldn't be overlooked though, he is a former World Record holder in the marathon and has run the fastest official time of 2017 so far with a big 2:03:58 win in Tokyo this spring.
I think this is the best road race to happen in this millennium so far. Although, with Mo Farah set to focus on the marathon, that could potentially add one more superstar to these battles in the future. No need to dream for now though, we have quite the race to watch Sunday morning.
Abraham Cheroben clocked a world-leading 58:40 to win the Copenhagen Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (17).
Meseret Defar places first in the women’s half marathon; Historic event celebrated 40 years with 23 original legacy runners; Big Head Todd and the Monsters headlined the post-race Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series - PHILADELPHIA – September 17, 2017 – The downtown streets of Philadelphia and scenic park setting along the Schuykill River proved no match for Galen Rupp. Nor did the thousands of runners who laced up their kicks for the 40th American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon.
Mo Farah became the first athlete to win four consecutive titles at the Simplyhealth Great North Run, while Mary Keitany became the event’s third three-time winner of the women’s race in South Shields on Sunday (10).