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.
New York, August 23, 2018 – Five-time Olympian Bernard Lagat of the United States will make his highly anticipated marathon debut at the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 4, as the five-time world champion will join defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya to lead a men’s professional open division that features nine Olympians and three Abbott World Marathon Majors race champions.
Three-Time Champion Mary Keitany and Five-Time Champion Tatyana McFadden Aim to Reclaim Top Podium Spots at the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 4Written by Chuck Bartlett
New York, August 21, 2018 – Three-time champion Mary Keitany of Kenya will look to reclaim her crown this year in the open division and Tatyana McFadden of the United States will race for a record sixth title in the wheelchair division at the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 4.Keitany and her compatriot, 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot, will join previously announced 2017 TCS New York City Marathon champion Shalane Flanagan and 2018 Boston Marathon champion Des Linden of the United States in a women’s open division that features 10 Olympians and three Abbott World Marathon Majors race champions.
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.
NBC SPORTS’ LIVE DIAMOND LEAGUE TRACK & FIELD COVERAGE CONTINUES THIS SATURDAY FROM BIRMINGHAM, ENGLANDWritten by Chuck Bartlett
STAMFORD, Conn. – August 16, 2018 – NBC Sports continues live coverage of the 2018 Diamond League track and field series from Birmingham, England, this Saturday, Aug. 18, at 9 a.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. This marks the final stop of the series before the Diamond League Finals. The event will be available live and commercial-free with direct-to-consumer live streaming product NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass,” while NBC will air same-day encore coverage Saturday at 3 p.m. ET.
Live Coverage from Birmingham Begins Saturday at 9 a.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA; NBC to Air Coverage Saturday at 3 p.m. ET
Coverage Streamed Live, On-Demand & Commercial-Free with NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass” including Exclusive Bonus Coverage of Field Events
Latest Episode of “Foul Play” Featuring Olympic Gold Medalist Wayde van Niekerk Will Premiere Immediately Following Diamond League Coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USAAs a part of its track and field coverage throughout the season, NBC Sports Gold will present live, commercial-free coverage of every IAAF Diamond League event, including bonus programming of field events, highlights, replays, and an exclusive 30-minute preview of each event. Events on NBC and NBCSN will be streamed via authentication on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA content will be streamed via authentication on NBCSports.com, OlympicChannel.com, the NBC Sports app, and the Olympic Channel app.
Birmingham marks the last chance for athletes to earn points to qualify for the final in their discipline. The 2018 Diamond League Finals will take place between Aug. 30 – 31 from Weltklasse, Zurich, and Brussels, Belgium, with the events being split up between the two locations.
Highlighting the action this weekend are world indoor 60m record holder Christian Coleman and Noah Lyles, who has recorded the fastest 100m and 200m times in the world this season, as both Americans attempt to secure their spots in the 100m Diamond League Final. U.S. pole vaulter Sandi Morris, who won silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics and has secured her spot in the Diamond League Final, is expected to compete. Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor is slated to compete in the 400m.
Bill Doleman will handle the call, joined by analysts Paul Swangard and Ato Boldon.
Following coverage from Birmingham, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will air the latest episode of “Foul Play” at 11 a.m. ET featuring Olympic gold medalist and South African Wayde van Niekerk, who is the current world and Olympic record holder in the 400m. The episode reflects on his mother, Odessa Swarts, who was denied the opportunity to compete internationally because of the Apartheid rules in South Africa.
NBC SPORTS GOLD: NBC Sports Gold — NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product — offers access to the IAAF Diamond League with its “Track and Field Pass.”
In addition to live video streaming, viewers will have access to exclusive bonus coverage of field events, full video replays and highlights.
NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass” gives fans access to major marathons, and top U.S. and international track and field events through December 2018. The direct-to-consumer pass offers fans unprecedented coverage — including some exclusive coverage beyond what is available on linear TV in the United States — live and on-demand, online, on mobile, tablets and connected TV devices.
NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass,” is available for $69.99 and can be purchased by visiting NBCSportsGold.com. NBC Sports Gold is available on Apple iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, and online at NBCSportsGold.com.
NBC SPORTS APP: NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will stream coverage on NBC and NBCSN via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Win10, PlayStation and Xbox.
Both the NBC Sports app and NBC Sports Gold are powered by Playmaker Media, NBC Sports Digital’s technology service which provides end-to-end support for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions.
Following is NBC Sports Group’s Diamond League television schedule (all times ET, subject to change):
|Sat., Aug. 18||9 a.m.||Birmingham (LIVE)||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, NBC Sports Gold|
*Indicates same-day encore