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Rita Jeptoo, 2014 Boston Marathon, photo by

New York, New York . Friday, October 31, 2014

In an exclusive to RunBlogRun, trusted sources have confirmed that, at the end of September 2014, Rita Jeptoo tested positive in her A sample test for a banned substance in an out of competition testing. The out of competition testing procedure was done in Kenya. The testing was done by a urine sample. 

The complete story is published below. 
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Andrew & Deena Kastor a few years ago, photo by 

The Magic of Mammoth is a series, written by Cait Chock on the second era at the city of Mammoth, California and the emergence of the ASICS Mammoth Track Club. Andrew & Deena Kastor.

Deena Kastor had told me earlier this year, after a talk she gave to Fleet Feet Chicago runners, that she had to hold herself back in Philly during her half marathon triumph. 

That sense of control will be tested in NYC this coming weekend. Deena is obviously in shape to run well in the Big Apple. She wants a 2:25. And she could become the fastest women's master's runner in NY history, surpassing Priscilla Welch, who won the NYC Marathon in 1987. 
Ekaterina Stefanidi won the silver medal in 2014 European Champs, 
photo courtesy of AZsportsimages

Ekaterina Stefanidi competed in the street pole vault at the adidas Grand Prix. It was a watershed moment, as she cleared 4.50 meters for the first time! In medical school, Ekaterina told me at that event that she would train this summer and head to the European Championships in Zurich.  

Her performance in Zurich at the European Championships showed that Ekaterina Stefanidi was Greece's premier pole vaulter as well. Her silver medal in a tough competition showed that 2014 was a superb year for the Stanford graduate, now in graduate school at Arizona State.  

At the Monaco DL, Ekaterina Stefanidi tied the Greek NR with her clearance of 4.71 meters. A month later, she was the European silver medalist! 

A busy summer of pole vaulting, and now as she looks forward to 2014, Ekaterina Stefanidi now has a contract with Nike. 

Justin Lagat wrote this piece about the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon, which happened on 26 October 2014. Here is his feature on the Nairobi Marathon. 
Daniel Tapia, Moscow 2013, photo by

In her second piece on the Mammoth TC, Cait Chock writes about new comer Daniel Tapia, who ran a 2:14.30 while in law school, working in his family business and running 140 miles a week. Now adjusting to training at 10,000 feet, Daniel is part of the new  Magic of Mammoth. 

"This is Your Day", by Pat Butcher

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This is Pat Butcher's piece on the BMW Frankfurt Marathon. Pat is one of my favorite writers, a journalist who loves the sport and writes with passion and accuracy. 

He is currently working on a book about the late, great Emil Zatopek. If you have not read Pat's monograph on Alain Mimoun, you are truly missing a wonderful read on the late French distance runner who chased Zatopek around the track in most of Zatopek's championships. 
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And thus, begins a series on Mammoth Track Club, written by Cait Chock. Watch for several pieces from Cait this week on the New York City Marathon! Now that yours truly is out of official jet lag! 
Kiptoo wins 2014 BMW Frankfurt! photo

Mark Kiptoo completed a year long odyssey from second place in Frankfurt to first place in the 2014 BMW Frankfurt Marathon! 

Mark Kiptoo had lost contact with the lead pack, or so we thought, around 40 kilometers, and then, went back into lead pack, and took the lead just before 41 kilometers, with cramps and not feeling well.

But, that all changed when Mark Kiptoo won! Big smile and knowledge of a race well run, Mark was interviewed by Andy Edwards, our compatriot from Race News Service! Enjoy the interview! 


The SKECHERS GOrun Ultra Extreme was named the Best Value Shoe in the Running Network 2014 Fall Shoe Review!The RN Fall Shoe Review insert is distributed September 1-November 1 via print, digital, and social media platforms. An archive of our reviews can be found at

To download the above review, please click here:SkethersGoRunBestValue.pdf


The Nike LunarGlide 6 was named Best Motion Stabilizing Shoe in the Running Network LLC 2014 Fall Shoe Review! The RN Fall Shoe Review insert is distributed September 1-November 1 via print, digital, and social media platforms. An archive of our reviews can be found at

To download the above review, please click here:NikeLunarGlideBestMotion.pdf

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