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Original post, February 1, 2012

RePost, January 18, 2019

A look back to 2012!

The New Balance Indoor GP has been around for 24 years now. One of the finest events on the circuit, NB Indoor GP will be held January 26, 2019, at the Reggie Lewis Center, in Roxbury, MA near Boston, MA. This is the ONLY stop of the IAAF Indoor World Circuit in US, and you should not miss it! Tickets for the event on January 26, which forms part of the IAAF World Indoor Tour, are now on sale at or by calling 1-877-849-8722.

The Reggie Lewis Center, which has been the host facility for the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix since its inception, has seen some amazing races. In our sport, it is really about the competition, not the records, but you would never know!

In the end, he or she who can put it all together, who can run, jump or throw, faster, longer or farther than the competition is the winner. Who can put it all on the line, with five thousand cheering, clapping fans, encouraging you to pull that extra bit of energy, that extra centimeter, that extra kick over the last lap to make the difference

Simpson_Jen1c-NewBalGP11.JPGJenny Simpson, 2011 NB Indoor GP, photo by

DSC_1517.jpgBedan Karoki, RAK 2018, photo by Brian Eder/RunBlogRun

DSC_1551.jpgJamal Yimer, photo by Brian Eder/RunBlogRun

(Houston, TX): Six runners with sub-one hour lifetime bests will compete in the Aramco Houston Half Marathon on Sunday. The line-up features Ethiopians Jemal Yimer (58:33) and London and New York Marathon runner-up Shura Kitata (59:16) and multiple world cross country and half marathon medallist Bedan Karoki from Kenya (58:42). Six sub-67 minute competitors line up in the women's race: Kenyans Fancy Chemutai (64:52), Edith Chelimo (65:52), Gladys Cherono (66:07), Mary Wacera (66:29) and Brigid Kosgei (66:35) and reigning champion Ruti Aga from Ethiopia (66:39). The US hopes are led by Emily Sisson (68:21) and Kenyan-born Sally Kipyego (68:31) who makes her debut as a US citizen.

image1.jpegTommy Leonard and Jeff Benjamin, photo by Jeff Benjamin

Tommy Leonard was one of those wonderfully colorful and eccentric people in our sport, that, if you met him once, you would never forget that meeting. My first visit to Falmouth Road Race was in 1985, with Kim Wrinkle, Dan Ferrera, and we slept on the floor of Coach Bill Squires the night before. Meeting Tommy Leonard with Coach Squires was one of those life moments. Falmouth Road Race weekend was Tommy Leonard's weekend, as he was the indominatable spirit behind the race that exemplifies the New England summer race circuit.

image2.jpegBill Rodgers with the Tommy Leonard adult beverage, photo by Jeff Benjamin

Tommy Leonard passed away on January 15, 2019. We asked Jeff Benjamin to reach out to friends to provide thoughts on Tommy and his place in the history of New England road racing.

image3.jpegTommy Leonard painting, photo by Jeff Benjamin

Kipchoge thinks sub 2 possible


Kipchoge thinks sub 2 possible
NAIROBI (KEN): After last year taking more than a minute off the world record with 2:01:39, Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge said he believes a sub-two-hour marathon is possible. "With the right training, the right environment and the right people, and with the right thinking, then all is possible. However, it requires someone to have the belief," he said, writes Daily Nation.
Kipchoge_Eluid-Berlin18.jpgEliud Kipchoge, photo by

Huddle_MollyFV-Houston18.jpgMolly Huddle, Aramco Half Marathon, photo by

The Houston Marathon Weekend is one week away. One of the most successful marathons in the world, Houston continues to innovate and build their 5k, Half Marathon and Marathon events. This release is on the health of sponsors.

Justin Lagat sent this in early in January. His View from Kenya gives us a view into the Kenyan running culture. This reminds us that to be a great athlete, you need to be out there all year long.

Kirui_AbelGroup1f-Kenya12.jpgTraining group in Kenya, photo by

Marcel Hug.jpgMarcel Hug, photo by Dubai Marathon

The 2019 Dubai Marathon continues to announce additions to their always fine fields. Marcel Hug, one of the finest wheelchair racers on the planet, will defend his title on January 25, 2019. This is the feature on Marcel Hug, prior to his appearance in Dubai for the 2019 race.

Berhanu wins Dubai Marathon 2015.jpegLemi Berhanu wins 2015 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, photo courtesy of Standard Dubai Chartered Marathon

Degefa-2.jpgWorknesh Degefa, 2017 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, photo courtesy of Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon

The 2019 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon will be held January 25, 2019. The race, now in its 20th year, is the first elite global marathon of the year, with depth unprecedented up front, in both the elite fields of the men and women. The race is held on a fast course, starting under the cover and coolness of the early morrning darkness.

If one were looking for a WC mark or Tokyo 2020 mark, Dubai is the place and time where one can achieve their goals.

Last year's races were mind boggling. The weather, the pacing, the racing were fantastic, and the final meters, in both men and women, were exciting! Do not miss the 2019 race, and note that @runblogrun will be covering the race week and event live. To see results from 2000-2018, go to Dubai Marathon results.

Great names for Houston!

Great names for Houston
HOUSTON (USA): Fancy Chemutai, the second fastest woman in history, leads top fields for the Aramco Houston Half-marathon on 20 January, while the line-up for the accompanying Chevron Houston Marathon is equally impressive. Edith Chelimo (65:52), 2014 world champion Gladys Cherono (66:07), 2016 winner Mary Wacera (66:29) and Brigid Kosgei (66:35) help boost a strong Kenyan line-up for the women's half. Ethiopia's defending champion Ruti Aga (66:39) is the fastest non-Kenyan. Emily Sisson (68:21) and Aliphine Tuliamuk (69:16) lead the domestic challenge in the line-up which has 10 sub-70 women. Kenya's Bedan Karoki, the 2016 world half silver medallist, is the quickest in the men's field with his 58:42 PB. Ethiopia's Shura Kitata, who was runner-up in the London Marathon last year, Kenya's Benard Ngeno, Bahrain's El Hassan El Abbassi and Kenya's Geoffrey Koech have also run under the hour. Diego Estrada (60:51) is the quickest American in the field, while Japan's Suguru Osako (61:13), USA's Luke Puskedra (61:29) and GB's Dewi Griffiths (61:33) are other notable inclusions. Ethiopia's Biruktayit Degefa, Kara Goucher, the former world 10,000m silver medallist, will have the home support. Ethiopia's Muluhabt Tsega and Sechale Delasa are the next quickest, while Kenya's Sarah Kiptoo and Ethiopia's Gebayenesh Ayele have also run under 2:27. Ethiopia's Abayneh Ayele, who ran 2:06:45 in 2016, the fastest on paper in the men's field. Compatriot Yitayal Atnafu, Kenya's Dominic Ondoro and Ethiopia's Birhanu Gedefa are the next fastest in the line-up.
Sisson_Emily-USAout18.jpgEmily Sisson, photo by

Kosgei_BrigidFV-Bogota17.jpgBrigid Kosgei, photo by

Justin Lagat wrote several columns over the holidays, this the first. Justin wrote on some of the fine performances by Kenyan athletes in 2018.

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