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When I first watched Sharon Cherop race, I did not expect to see her up front for long. She won 2012 Boston, and before that, Hamburg and Toronto in 2010, and in 2011, Sharon was the bronze medalist in the World Champs marathon! 

Sharon Cherop appears to be running her last decisive stride every stride of the race! It is exhausting just watching the fine athlete run! Yet, Sharon Cherop is a worthy opponent and puts all of her energy into her racing, as her results suggest. 

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Sharon Cherop is racing BMW Frankfurt this weekend with the focus of getting under 2:22. Her personal best of 2:22.38, comes from BMW Berlin in 2014. 

Sharon Cherop was interviewed by Andy Edwards of Race News Service for RunBlogRun. We thank Andy Edwards and Joerg Wenig of Race News Service for their fine coverage of marathons around the world! 

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Vincent Kipruto wins 2013 BMW Frankfurt Marathon, photo by

Vincent Kipruto arrived in Frankfurt on Thursday afternoon. The defending champion at the BMW Frankfurt Marathon battled cold, wind and Mark Kiptoo in 2013 to take a hard won victory by one second! 

One second! 

Consider that for a moment.  One second is what separates a fast 5,000 meters, or perhaps a great 10k, or even a fast 100 meters.

But, a marathon? 

Vincent Kipruto has clear goals for the 2014 race, and they include a personal best (defending his title is also in his plan).

Oscar Pistorius banned by International Paralympic Committee after five-year jail sentence

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

By Paul Osborne

Oscar Pistorius will not be able to compete at Rio 2016 after being handed a five year sentence for shooting dead his girlfriend ©Getty ImagesOscar Pistorius will not be able to compete at any major event, including Rio 2016, for five years, even if he is released before his five year sentence is complete, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has ruled.

The six-time Paralympic champion was today sentenced to five years in jail for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The judge in his case, Thokozile Masipa, found the South African guilty of culpable homicide while he was also handed a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms offence.

Despite Pistorius' defence lawyer Barry Roux claiming that he expects the sprinter to serve a minimum of 10 months in jail before being considered for house arrest, the IPC has confirmed that he will not be able to compete in any of their sanctioned events for the full five-year sentence.

"If someone is charged by court they must serve their full sentence regardless of whether they are released early or not," Craig Spence, director of media and communications at the IPC, toldinsidethegames.

(Editor's note: We missed this piece earlier in the week, due to travel. The IPC believes, from its actions, that athletes should have repercussions for their actions. Interestingly enough, a superb story on the front page of the International New York Times on Friday, October 24, 2014.)
London Marathon continues to support every aspect of the sport of marathoning. Their support of the IPC World Marathon Championships is a case in point. 

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Vincent Kipruto wins BMW Frankfurt 2013, photo by

Vincent Kipruto is a man on a mission. The winds slowed him down last year in Frankfurt, so in 2014, Vincent wants to win and run a personal best. Vincent has run 2:05.13 and 2:05.33, so he has wheels. 

Last year, in a very exciting race, Vincent Kipruto held off Mark Kiptoo by one second! This was not a 100 meter dash, but a marathon! And an exciting one it was.

In this interview, our friend, Andy Edwards, of Race News Service, speaks with Vincent Kipruto, literally a few hours after he arrived in Frankurt from Kenya. This interview was done on Thursday, October 24, 2014 at the Movenpick Frankfurt near the Messe Frankfurt. 

This is my second year attending the BMW Frankfurt Marathon, and I am sitting at the airport, awaiting my flight to Frankfurt. A fine marathon, in a wonderful running city in Germany, the BMW Frankfurt marathon can be fast and furious, or if the weather is a challenge, an even more challenging 26.2 miles. 

The race director is hoping for a fast race this year, with some real battles, like 2013. Looking forward to Sunday, October 26, 2014! 

I recommend this race to American marathoners all of the time. The BMW Frankfurt Marathon finish is like finishing a race on the stage of a Pink Floyd concert (sorry, flashbacks). 

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In a very disappointing development at the Virgin London Marathon, Nicola Okey, the Head of Press for the past twelve years and a key administrator at the Virgin London Marathon for a total of nineteen years has left the marathon. 

The release is not ambiguous. A new position was created and the marathon head of press position was redundant. 

Unfortunately, marathon management is no different than other corporations. A person who has built two decades of credibility with the global media, Nicola Okey has walked that line between protecting the brand of the London marathon and working with an always inquisitive media. These are not work traits or skills that come easy. It is most unfortunate that marathon management could not appreciate the talent that they had in Nicola. Because of the quality of her team and the London marathon week, the media room at London was second to none at the major marathons. Well liked, and respected by her team, Nicola Okey will be sorely missed by her team and by this member of the media. 

We wish Nicola Okey the very best. Her departure is a true loss for the Virgin London Marathon team and event. 

Justin Lagat, the interviewer, with Francis Kipkoech Bowen, the interviewee

Justin Lagat wrote this piece about the amazing running of Francis Kipkoech Bowen, who will be aiming to break the World Masters record at the BMW Frankfurt Marathon on October 26. RunBlogRun will be covering the event live. 
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Amy Hastings, photo courtesy of Brooks Running 

When Amy Hastings appeared at the front of the pack of elite women at the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, many were dumbfounded. Amy Hastings was running a pace right for her, as Rita Jeptoo was managing her pain and effort, unknown to everyone else, due to painful achilles. 

Amy Hastings ran a courageous race on Sunday, October 12. While she convinced many on that day that she would be one to reckon with in Los Angeles in February 2016, most importantly, Amy convinced herself of her wonderful talents and abundant spirit. 

The following piece is by Cait Chock, who writes for RunBlogRun twice a week and also provides us with a new series of cartoons. 

Geoffrey Mutai training group, photo by Justin Lagat

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