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New York, August 14, 2018 – Reigning champions Shalane Flanagan of the United States, Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya, and Manuela Schär, and Marcel Hug of Switzerland will return to defend their TCS New York City Marathon titles on Sunday, November 4.

At last year’s race, Flanagan became the first U.S. woman to win the open division in New York since Miki Gorman did so in 1977, while Kamworor claimed his first major marathon victory in the men’s open division, and Hug andSchär both won their fourth major marathon victories of the year with a Swiss sweep of the wheelchair division.
 
“Last year was one for the ages, with Shalane making history, Geoffrey having a breakthrough race, and Manuela and Marcel becoming the first winning pair from the same country to sweep the wheelchair division,” said Peter Ciaccia, president of events for NYRR and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon. “We are excited to have all four of our TCS New York City Marathon champions – Shalane, Geoffrey, Manuela, and Marcel – returning to defend their titles at the world’s largest marathon. Together, this group of all-time greats will headline our professional athlete races and lead the 50,000-plus runners behind them as they thrill the more than 1 million spectators that line the course. We can fully expect another electrifying race this year.”
 
Flanagan, 37, ended a 40-year drought for American women in the open division at the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon by seizing the crown from Kenya’s Mary Keitany with a time of 2:26:53. With her first victory in just her second appearance at the New York City Marathon – she was runner-up in her marathon debut in 2010 – Flanagan became the sixth U.S. women’s champion in the event and recorded the second-fastest time by a U.S. woman at the event. The 16-time national champion and Olympic silver medalist will be racing again this year as an NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador. She is also an avid supporter of NYRR’s Run for the Future program, which empowers young women entering their senior year of high school to learn about running while building self-esteem and confidence, developing leadership skills and training to complete a 5K run. In the women’s open division, Flanagan will join previously announced Des Linden, the 2018 Boston Marathon champion, and Allie Kieffer, the fifth-place finisher at last year’s TCS New York City Marathon.
 
Kamworor, 25, claimed his first major marathon victory last year when he held off compatriot Wilson Kipsang down the final turns in Central Park. The 2015 TCS New York City Marathon runner-up separated himself from the field with a 4:31 penultimate mile to finish in 2:10:53. The Kenyan has won the last three consecutive IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships and placed 11th in the 10,000 meters at the Rio 2016 Olympics. He recorded three consecutive sub-2:07 performances at the BMW Berlin Marathon from 2012-2014, with his 2012 race of 2:06:12 remaining his personal best.
 
Schär, 33, had finished as runner-up three years in New York before finally taking the tape last year in 1:51:02 to end American Tatyana McFadden’s streak of four consecutive victories at the event. The win gave her a fourth major marathon victory of the year, adding to her wins in Boston, London, and Berlin. Schär is a three-time Paralympic medalist and four-time European champion who has already won the Tokyo Marathon and Abbott World Marathon Majors Series XI titles this year.
 
Hug, 32, won his second consecutive and third overall New York City Marathon title last year in a time of 1:37:21. The victory also marked his fourth major win of the year, having already won in Boston, Berlin, and Chicago. Hug has been the Abbott World Marathon Majors Wheelchair Series champion the last two years and already won the Boston Marathon earlier this year. He is an eight-time Paralympic medalist with 16 career major marathon titles to his name.
 
Quotes from defending champions on returning to the TCS New York City Marathon:
 
“When I think about returning to race in New York City, I’m flooded with magical memories. My heart skips a beat, I get butterflies in my stomach, and my palms get sweaty. New York City is incredibly special to me. It’s where I ran my first marathon in 2010, placing second, and of course, my dream come true moment in 2017 when I won the TCS New York City Marathon.
 
I’m thrilled to have the opportunity, support, passion, and health to defend my title in 2018. I hope everyone preparing enjoys their journey to the start line and I look forward to celebrating with all the runners at the finish line on November 4th.”
 
-Shalane Flanagan
 
“Racing once more in the TCS New York City Marathon means so much to me. It is my favorite race, and although thousands of miles separate my training base in Kaptagat, Kenya to New York, the event feels like home. I say that because of the friendly nature of the event, the terrific organization and also because of the warmth I feel from the many thousands of supporters lining the route.”
 
-Geoffrey Kamworor
 
“Last November, a dream came true for me. Winning the TCS New York City Marathon was one of the biggest achievements of my career. I am very excited to return to the streets of this amazing city. I feel fully fit again and will try my best to defend my title.”
 
- Manuela Schär
 
“It’s always a great pleasure to come back and participate in the TCS New York City Marathon. It’s a fantastic and very prestigious marathon with a special atmosphere and excellent organization. I will prepare my best to defend my title.” 
 
-Marcel Hug
 
 
The TCS New York City Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, a series made up of the world’s six largest and most renowned road races – the Tokyo, Boston, Virgin Money London, Bank of America Chicago, and TCS New York City Marathons. Points are allocated to the top five finishers in each race, with the top three men’s and women’s finishers in both the open and wheelchair divisions earning prize money.
 
The 2018 TCS New York City Marathon will be televised live on Sunday, November 4, on WABC-TV, Channel 7 in the New York tristate area from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET, and for the rest of the nation on ESPN2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET.
 
About the TCS New York City Marathon
 
The TCS New York City Marathon is the largest marathon in the world and the signature event of New York Road Runners (NYRR), the world’s premier community running organization. The race is held annually on the first Sunday of November and includes over 50,000 runners, from the world’s top professional athletes to runners of all ages and abilities, including over 9,000 charity runners. Participants from approximately 140 countries tour the diverse neighborhoods of New York City’s five boroughs—Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan. Race morning also features the Rising New York Road Runners Youth Invitational at the TCS New York City Marathon, a race within Central Park that finishes at the same finish line being crossed hours later by the marathon field. More than one million spectators and 10,000 volunteers line the city’s streets in support of the runners, while millions more watch the globally televised broadcast. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, is the premier partner of NYRR and the title sponsor of the TCS New York City Marathon. The 48th running of the TCS New York City Marathon is set for November 4, 2018. To learn more, visit www.tcsnycmarathon.org.


(photo: ISTAF/Camera 4) - - All Germany’s six European champions will be returning to Berlin’s Olympic Stadium for the ISTAF meeting on September 2. Among the opposition for Gesa Krause, Christin Hussong, Malaika Mihambo, Mateusz Przybylko, Thomas Röhler and Arthur Abele will be not only European competitors but rivals worldwide. This end of season meeting brings a particular challenge for these European champions in front of their home fans culminating in what should be a memorable farewell for the discus star Robert Harting. The Berlin athlete will be making his final competitive appearance in the Olympic Stadium, choosing the 77th edition of ISTAF, part of the IAAF World Challenge Series, to bring the curtain down on his career.

Robert Harting will leave the athletics stage on September 2 as one of the most successful German athletes of all time. The 33-year-old has been Olympic champion, three-times World champion and twice European gold medallist. Robert Harting and ISTAF – the names have been synonymous for the past decade. In 2008 he competed in Berlin’s international event for the first time and finished third on his debut, setting his name on the winner’s podium from 2010 to 2014. “ISTAF has been my home game, my homestead,” says Harting. “In extreme situations I like to be among family and friends – that’s why I am saying goodbye at ISTAF.”
 
His ninth appearance at ISTAF will be his last as an elite competitor – and it will be a special one: a double-decker bus will be driven into the stadium and provide a ringside seat for friends, family and guests as well as a mobile stage. By the time the discus ace takes his final throws, all the other action in the stadium will have ceased, so all eyes will be on Harting. There will also be a Robert Harting stand for fans. “Robert has won much more than medals for German athletics. We want to honour his achievement,” said the meeting director Martin Seeber.
 
Gesa Krause goes after German Record at ISTAF
 
After the successful defence of her European title Gesa Krause is planning her next highlight for Berlin’s Olympic Stadium: the 26-year-old is aiming to break the German 3,000m steeplechase record at ISTAF on September 2. The national record is already in the popular Krause’s possession, having run 9:11.85 at last year’s ISTAF. Apart from winning European gold, the second objective of her season was always to run under 9:10. “Breaking 9:10 is still a target for me. At the European Championships it was all about winning, the time was secondary,” explained Krause. “Now at ISTAF I want to break my best time. Whether I can run under 9:10, we’ll have to wait and see.” 
 
“The German athletes thrilled us at the European Championships. Our aim is to present as many medallists as possible to the fans. We are delighted that all six German winners and many other medallists as well as international stars will be seen in action on September 2. That’s why we have changed the programme schedule,” explained Martin Seeber.
 
For the first time since 2011 ISTAF will be staging a men’s high jump and the European champion Mateusz Przybylko is included. “I am delighted to be competing at ISTAF,” said Przybylko. An event has also been added for Christin Hussong, enabling the European women’s javelin champion compete before her male team-mates – the European champion Thomas Röhler, silver medallist Andreas Hofmann and World champion Johannes Vetter - make their entrance into the ISTAF proceedings. Hussong will feature in a compact women’s event against three rivals. The long jump has long been a staple of ISTAF so fans will see the European gold medallist Malaika Mihambo in action while Artur Abele will also be in action. The European decathlon champion will run the 110m hurdles.
 
More information concerning international rivals for Germany’s European champions will follow but the country’s sprint star Gina Lückenkemper is already looking forward to her competition. “There’s nothing better than celebrating a successful season with the great fans at ISTAF,” said the European silver medallist at 100m who also won a bronze medal with the German 4 x 100 m squad. Both events are on the programme for ISTAF on September 2.
 
More information about the ISTAF and tickets is available at: www.istaf.de


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


Monday, 06 August 2018 10:35

MEGRA TO DEFEND TORONTO MARATHON TITLE

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Marta Megra survived a wicked early pace to win the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon a year ago collecting $25,000 for the victory. Despite the financial windfall - a princely sum in her home Ethiopia - she was disappointed with the result.


Monday, 06 August 2018 10:08

BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on 16th September

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Tirunesh Dibaba heads high quality women’s field - The elite women’s field for the 45th edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 2018 is the strongest for many years. At the top of the entries is one of the best female distance runners of all time, Tirunesh Dibaba from Ethiopia. The 32-year-old has won three gold medals at consecutive Olympic Games (2008 and 2012) and five World Championships from 2003 to 2013. For good measure, Dibaba has also five World Cross Country titles to her credit. Her personal best is 2:17:56, set in finishing second at the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon which makes her the third fastest woman in the history of the marathon. Dibaba is keen to beat this time in Berlin and, given ideal weather conditions, might even have a chance of attacking Paula Radcliffe’s world record of 2:15:25, set by the Briton in 2003.


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