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Justin Lagat has been writing for RunBlogRun for several years now. His weekly column provides our readers insights into running in Kenya. This column is a fun one, as Daniel Wanjiru surprised many with his win at the TCS Amsterdam marathon.

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NEW YORK (USA): Ryan Vail isn't predicting a time in the New York Marathon but he is aiming to be the first domestic finisher next month, informs Athletics Illustrated. "I go to NYC because I like the idea of racing without pacemakers; I don't have to worry about the clock, just race the guys around me. It reminds me of cross-country, and you don't get too many opportunities to run that way after college. My goal is to place in the top-10 overall and be the first American," he said. Vail's lifetime best for the distance stands at 2:10:57.

The 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon was two fantastic but very different races. The women's race saw a group of seven go out fast, and Florence Kiplagat took off after 19 miles and ran to a fine 2:21:32. On the men's side, the race showed a group of athletes who did not have pace makers. The race came down to a battle between Dickson Chumba, the defending champion and Abel Kirui, two time World Champion. In the final 200 meters, Abel Kirui broke the race, and won, his first race win since 2011! Here is how I saw the race. The video was produced by the Shoe Addicts, the digital partner of RunBlogRun.

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The Mainova Frankfurt Marathon will be held on October 30, 2016. And runblogrun will be there. I attended the Frankfurt Marathon in 2013 and 2014. The marathon is a great way to tour the city, and the finish is unique on the entire global marathon circuit, and runners love it!

It is great to see Mainova take the title sponsorship of the Frankfurt marathon. The marathon has a fine team and provides a finely run event! With the fields assembled, looks forward to covering the race LIVE on October 30!

Carey Pinkowski has experienced the sport from all perspectives. In the 1970s, Carey, Rudy Chapa and Tim Keogh were among the finest high school runners the country produced, all breaking nine minutes for two miles. They trained in a small park in Gary, Indiana. From there, it was Villanova, and a collegiate running career. For 27 of the last 29 years, Carey Pinkowski has been the executive director of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. This interview was done on October 6, 2016 by RunBlogRun's Larry Eder, and produced by the Shoe Addicts, the digital partners of RunBlogRun.

Pence_TylerFV-StLousi16.jpgTyler Pence, winning RNR St.Louis Half, photo by Kevin Morris/

The Rock 'n' Roll Saint Louis Half Marathon and 10k give runners and walkers in the River City a chance to run some of the historic streets of Saint Louis. Tyler Pence and Jackie Pertle Hall lead the half marathoners through the streets of Saint Louis on October 16.

The Rock 'n' Roll series of races around the country provide runners of all abilities a chance to race through some of the most iconic cities in the country.

The Berlin Marathon, held on September 25, 2016, was a race for the ages. After the pace makers fell off, it came down to Wilson Kipsang, former WR holder and Kenenisa Bekele, world record holder for 5000 meters and 10,000 meters. With less than 2.2 kilometers to go, Bekele and Kipsang were together, until Bekele put a few meters separation at 25 miles. Watching Bekele over the last kilometer, Kenenisa tried gamely to get the record, and he just missed it by seven seconds. Here is how I spoke about the race, in Conversations with Larry.

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BOSTON (USA): Molly Huddle has hinted the 2017 season might be her last season on the track, informs NBC Olympics. Huddle will make her marathon debut in the New York Marathon on 6 November and her long-term goal is to contest that event at the 2020 US Olympic Trials. "I hope to run the Olympic Trials for the marathon in 2020. That process kind of starts now," she said. Huddle plans to forego a spring marathon next year in order to focus on making the track team for the 2017 World Championships in London.

RunBlogRun opines: There has been discussion for several years among kean observers of the sport regarding Molly Huddle's move to the marathon. Watching Huddle race, over 5000m, 10,000m, and cross country, one could see that she is a rare athlete. I recall Molly speaking with her sponsor, Mark Bossardet (VP of Marketing for Saucony), about wanting to stay in Europe a few more weeks in 2010, to take a shot at the 5,000 meter AR. In 2014, her battles with Shannon Rowbury at the US champs and in Monaco were two of my favorite races over the summer. The moves to 5000 meters, then, 10,000 meters, and now, half marathon and marathon, have been overseen by her current coach, Ray Treacy, one of the finest coaches in the land. Molly's move has been thoughtfully over time, and, as she debuts over the marathon on November 6, Molly knows that she still has some time on the track in 2017. After that, we will just have to wait and see.

Serena Burla and Diego Estrada were the first Americans in the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. This is the audio recorded by me for RunBlogRun. Both have amazing stories and are fine athletes. I think you will enjoy their stories.

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The Rock N Roll Saint Louis 5k, 10k and Half Marathon are this coming weekend, October 15 and 16. Here is some information on the post event entertainment.

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