World Marathon Majors Resumes with real, Berlin this weekend, release, note by Larry Eder

                    Haile Gebrselassie, real, Berlin, September 2009, photo by

The World Marathon Majors is about to resume, with real, Berlin on September 26, Bank of America Chicago on October 10 and ING New York on November 7. Patrick Makau will lead the fields in Berlin, Haile in New York and the battle of the Titans in Chicago: Sammy Wanjiru verus Tsegaye Kebede. Throw in Ryan Hall in Chicago for some American running, and you have three very tough races this fall! 

The women's marathon fields feature Liliya Shobukova, who took her 5,000 meter European record speed and won both Chicago and London. Irina Mitkitenko and Salia Kosgei will challenge Shobukova, reminding Liliya that the race for the grand prize is not over until the final race of the season is over!

The World Marathon Majors has been a unique way for the major marathons to promote the sport, their events and showcase the professionalism of the top events to a sports media focused on soccer, golf and American pro sports (football, basketball, baseball). In the spring, the World Marathon Majors will feature the BAA Boston Marathon and the Virgin London Marathon.

The World Marathon Majors is road running's equivalent to the Samsung Diamond League, that conglomeration of 14 meets this year that thrived even with Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay racing each other once during the season. In both road racing and athletics, it still comes down to competition.

Hats off to the support the World Marathon Majors give to innovative programs in our sport.Don't miss our live coverage of all five events, on RBR, twitter and the Running Network. 


World Marathon Majors Series Resumes with

$1 Million Prize Purse to be Claimed


Stellar fields will compete at remaining 2010 WMM Races


BOSTON (September 21, 2010)--A head-to-head battle for the World Marathon Majors series crown between Samuel Wanjiru and Tesgaye Kebede at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon next month and the first appearance of world record-holder Haile Gebrselassie at the ING New York City Marathon in November highlight the Fall World Marathon Majors campaign that kicks-off in Berlin this Sunday. The real,- Berlin Marathon resumes the series on Sunday, September 26, followed by the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 10 and will conclude with the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 7.


Runners have already earned points (25 points for first place, 15 for second, 10 for third, 5 for fourth, and 1 for fifth) for top-five finishes in April's B.A.A. Boston Marathon and Virgin London Marathon, as well as top-five finishers in each of the five marathons in 2009, and at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin in 2009. Men's and women's winners of the series will share a $1 million prize purse.


Kenyan Samuel Wanjiru and Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede currently share the lead in the men's series with 50 points apiece, while Russia's Liliya Shobukhova leads the women's field with 60 points, with Germany's Irina Mikitenko second with 40 points. All four will race in Chicago, along with Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot who currently sits in sixth place with 26 points. While the titles are likely to be decided in Chicago, Kenya's Emmanuel Mutai could come from behind if both Kebede and Wanjiru finish third or lower in Chicago and Mutai wins in New York. Salina Kosgei, who will toe the line in New York, is the only woman besides Mikitenko with enough points to potentially defeat Shobukhova.


Each of the three fall WMM events will host an impressive elite field. At Berlin, seven men have run faster than 2:07, and three under 2:06. Kenyans Patrick Makau and Geoffrey Mutai lead the field after running the top two times in the world this year when they placed first and second at the Rotterdam Marathon in 2:04:48 and 2:04:55.


In Chicago, besides the WMM contenders, the men's elite field includes Kenyan Vincent Kipruto who placed third last year and U.S. Olympian Ryan Hall, who will attempt to break the 2:05:38 American record set by Khalid Khannouchi in 2002. Hall currently shares 10th place in the WMM series with 20 points. The women's field includes Russians Lidiya Grigoryeva, 2008 Chicago Marathon champion, and Maria Konovalova, U.S. Olympian Magdalena Lewy-Boulet, British Olympian Liz Yelling, Japanese star Naoko Sakamoto and up-and-coming U.S. runner Desiree Davila who placed 11th at the 2009 IAAF World Championships Marathon.


New York features one of the deepest elite fields ever, highlighted by Gebrselassie making his New York debut. The world record holder in the marathon and multiple Olympic and World Championships gold medalist, Gebrselassie has become a running legend in his native Ethiopia and worldwide. He currently sits ninth in the 2009-2010 WMM standings. The men's and women's elite fields hold 24 Olympians, 14 World Championships Medalists, eight WMM race winners, seven World Champions and four Olympic Medalists. The Olympic medalists include Gebrselassie (1996 and 2000, gold, 10,000m) and fellow Ethiopian Derartu Tulu (1992 and 2000, gold, 10,000m), who is tied for fifth in WMM standings. 2004 Olympic marathon silver medalist and 2009 New York Champion Meb Keflezighi of the U.S. will try to defend his title and better his sixth place WMM ranking. The United States' Shalane Flanagan (2008, bronze, 10,000m) will make her marathon debut.


WMM series points earned in 2010 will also count toward the 2010-11 series championship. If either Kebede or Cheruiyot wins in Chicago, they'll enter the 2011 season with a virtually unbeatable 50 points. If Shobukova wins in Chicago and Erkesso wins in New York, they will enter 2011 with a tie at 50 points. Complete WMM Series leaderboards are posted at



Media Contacts:

Boston: Jack Fleming +1 617.236.1652 ext. 2627

Boston: T.K. Skenderian +1 617.778.1632

London: Nicola Okey + 44 207.902.0182

Berlin: Thomas Steffens + 49 171.933.4836

Chicago: Jeremy Borling +1 312.992.6614

New York: Richard Finn +1 212.423.2229



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