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The largest half marathon in US, the Brooklyn Half, is being held May 18, in Brooklyn, New York, with 27,000 expected runners. The half marathon distance is an exciting distance and popular with runners, new and veterans. Here's the info on the race:

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Joyciline wins NYC Half
NEW YORK (USA, Mar 17): World record-holder Joyciline Jepkosgei from Kenya won the NYC Half in 70:07 by exactly one minute from teammate Mary Ngugi with reigning champion Buze Diriba from Ethiopia third, also in 71:07. Emma Bates was the top US finisher in fourth in 71:13, just ahead of Boston Marathon winner Desiree Linden in 71:22. Former two-time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat was a distant 11th in 73:18. Ethiopia's Belay Tilahun won the men's race in 62:10 from Eritrea's Daniel Mesfin (62:16) with Paul Chelimo third on his debut in 62:19. Reigning champion Ben True was tenth in 62:56, one place ahead of the leading European finisher Soufiane Bouchikhi from Belgium in 62:59.
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This program is the first of many. Watch how other races do such programs. The marathon and half marathon in major races makes so much sense for virtual races. It shows the poplularity of the marathon distance.


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Mary Keitany dominated the NYRR New York Mini today, running 30:59 on a difficult and challenging course. Here is Rich Sands, writing for Race Results Weekly, writing about her fine effort on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

An era is about to end in the Big Apple. Peter Ciaccia is going to retire after the New York City Marathon in November. Affable, thoughtful and a guy who absolutely loves his job, Peter and his team make the races a reality in the Big Apple. In races from a few thousand to 50,000 Peter Ciaccia has put his impramatur on how races are run in New York. We will be writing more about Peter over the summer, but wanted to get this note out, following the press release from the NYRR! The late Fred Lebow would be proud of Peter Ciaccia, and the way the club is growing.

The United NYC Half Marathon featured some of the finest road runners as they prepare for spring marathons. Bezu Dibaba and Ben True took the wins on the cold, Sunday morning in the Big Apple.

We thank Rich Sands, writing for Race Results Weekly, for this article, which we publish, with permission.

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True and Diriba
NEW YORK (USA, Mar 18): Ben True became the first winner of the men's race in NYC Half history, winning on a cold and blustery morning in 62:39 from compatriot Dathan Ritzenhein (62:42) with Chris Thompson third in 62:43. Ethiopia's Teshome Mekonen was fourth in 62:44 while pre-race favourite Wilson Chebet from Kenya, the only runner in the field with a sub-one hour PB, had to settle for ninth in 63:37. In the women's race, Ethiopia's Buze Diriba outsprinted Emily Sisson, 72:23 to 72:24. Norway's Karoline Grovdal comprised the podium in third in 72:43 with Ethiopia's Mamitu Daska fourth in 72:50. Betsy Saina was the top Kenyan finisher in seventh in 73:31 but Olympic 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot was a non-finisher, dropping out in the tenth mile. "Vivian had problems breathing in the cold weather," said her manager Mike Skinner.
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The United NYC Half Marathon is also this weekend. Here's a bit more on the elite field and the citizen runners who will make it exciting. The course will be changed this year, to accomodate the elite wheelchair field, and perhaps, to make the course a bit faster. Good luck to all running in NYC this coming weekend!

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"I'm excited for the challenge of a new course at the United Airlines NYC Half, and to visit Brooklyn for the first time at the start of the race. Having won the event two years ago, I'm eager for another top finish and to lead the way through Central Park in hopes of becoming the second athlete on the men's side to win the race twice."
-Stephen Sambu, 2016 United Airlines NYC Half Champion

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"I am very excited to come back and race the United Airlines NYC Half this year. I had an amazing experience last year, and I gained a ton of confidence from it going into my track season. It really set the tone for an incredible 2017."
-Emily Sisson, 2017 United Airlines NYC Half Runner-Up

The 2018 United NYC Half is the spring coming out party of many of the finest marathoners and road racers from around the world! Here's the list of the awesome field that the NYRR put together for this race! Stephen Sambu leads the men's field and Emily Sisson leads the women's field. Looking forward to to two fine races!

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