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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
Deena Kastor, RNR Philly Half Marathon, photo by

Deena Kastor ran an amazing performance in the RNR Philly Half Marathon last month, pleasantly surprising many with her amazing level of fitness. 

Deena Kastor has seen the sport as a high schooler, college runner, emerging elite, Olympic medalist and as one of the most articulate spokespeople for the sport. 

David Hunter reached out to Deena Kastor as she prepares for the TCS New York City Marathon. We hope you enjoy reading this piece as much as we have. 

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Before the break: Dennis Kimetto on the way to making history, 
September 28, 2014, photo by

There come a time in all of our races, where we have to answer "the question. " If you ask nearly anyone who has run an American record, European record or World record, there comes a time in each race where one must overcome the fear, the nagging self-doubt, and go where someone else has not gone before, or perhaps, where you have not gone before. 

World records have been set before in Berlin, but this year was different. There were two men who could break, repeat, did break the WR in one race. Dennis Kimetto took twenty-six seconds off the record and Emmanuel Mutai took thirteen seconds (he took second). 

2:02.57 is an amazing time, and an amazing World record. It is the fastest time anyone has run up until that day. Celebrate that, don't start talking about two hour marathons. Dennis Kimetto himself said that he can run faster. 

But for the month of September, and for some time in the future, I believe, we will be saluting Dennis Kimetto for being the RunBlogRun Global Athlete of the Month for September 2014. 

Dennis Kimetto has broken two hours, three minutes in the marathon! What else can be said? 

Special thanks to The Shoe Addicts for producing this video for RunBlogRun. 
The lead pack of the 2014 Tufts Health Plan 10-K for women (left to right): Risper Gesabwa, Emily Infeld, Jordan Hasay, Emily Sisson (partially obscured), Caroline Rotich and Azmera Gebru (behind Rotich).  Sara Hall is running behind the pack. Photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly.

Jordan Hasay wins a big one! Chris Lotsbom wrote this piece for RRW about Jordan Hasay's victory at the Tufts for Women 10k race. A great race and a nice victory for Jordan Hasay at the end of her first real year as a professional athlete. 



Eliud Kipchoge and Rita Jeptoo, 

photo courtesy of Bank of America Chicago Marathon

CHICAGO (USA, Oct 12): Superb edition of Chicago Marathon run in perfect weather conditions. The men's race went out fast, with a first mile of 4:34. They then settled to a 4:45 average pace, with Tariku Bekele bringing them through half way in 62:12.  Girmay Gebrselassie and Geoffrey Kirui then paced the pack to 30km in 1:28:46. The first important move of the day came shortly before 35km, with a first kick by Eliud Kipchoge, Sammy Kitwara and Dickson Chumba. At around 38-39km Kipchoge made an impressive break, moving strongly away from the field to give him a big enough margin to be able to relax and smile over the final metres. Kipchoge crossed the line in 2:04:11, just 6 seconds shy of his PB; leading home Sammy Kitwara (2:04:28 PB) and Dickson Chumba (2:04:32 big PB), the former gardener of Martin Lel; making it a Kenya 1-2-3. Ethiopian track great Kenenisa Bekele could finish 4th in 2:05:51, with jet lag and sleeping problems given as possible reasons for his inability to stick with the front group. Bernard Koech of Kenya (2:08.30) completed the top five, while Bobby Curtis (USA) ran 2:11.20 to be the first American and non-African over the line as 9th. Eritrean Ghirmay Gebrselassie deserves a special mention for pacing until 30k and still being able to finish the race in a good 2:09:08 for sixth place. Looking at the marathon splits, Kipchoge ran 35:25 for the last 12 195 m, which is only 4 seconds slower than Kimetto did during his world record; and 2 seconds slower than Kipsang did during his. Kipchoge's last 2195m was run in 6:18, which is 10 seconds faster than Kimetto ran in Berlin. In the women's race, they ran a slower-than-predicted 1:12:35. The leading group stayed together until 35k. Over the next 5km, Rita Jeptoo made her big move for the gold and nobody was able to answer her; she had a 34 second gap when she reached 40 km. She won in 2:24:35 and became the first woman to win 4 majors consecutively. Ethiopia's Mare Dibaba clocked 2:25:37 for second, while third went to Kenya's Florence Kiplagat (2:25:57), who appeared very tired during the last part of the race. In 5th position, was the the first American and first non-African; Amy Hastings (2:27:03). With the help from Alberto Stretti.

Bobby Curtis, photo by

As we were just noting that Bobby Curtis had run a two plus minute PB in Chicago, I had walked to the back of the Media Room to grab a coffee. I noted that Jim and Camilla Estes, two huge Bobby Curtis supporters, beaming. Their ebullience was due to the many times that Bobby had spent time with them during his growth as a distance runner and their genuine fondness for the American runner. 

The following interview was done with Mr. Curtis by Cait Chock, who found Bobby right after his 2:11.20 PB and ninth place run in Chicago. We thank Cait for her writing and Bobby for his time. 
Eliud Kipchoge, Rita Jeptoo, 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon winners, photo courtesy of The Bank of America Chicago Marathon

We asked Justin Lagat, our columnist from Kenya, to write his view of the two amazing victories in the Windy city yesterday. As Justin had interviewed both for us, he was both journalist, and he first experienced, fan. We hope you enjoy his column! 
Carey Pinkowski said it best, " it was perfect out there today." And that it was. It also was two of the finest examples of racing on record. In the men's race, Eliud Kipchoge, on his fourth marathon, battled Kenenisa Bekele, in his second. Kipchoge won, with his experience winning out. In the women's race, Rita Jeptoo, who we found out after the race, was suffering from achilles pain for some time before the race, had several hours of therapy on Saturday and a session again on Sunday, before she went to the line. Her 2:24:35 was not only challenging in light of her pain, but heroic. 

Amy Hastings lead the American women today with her most mature race, on the road or track of her career, finishing fifth, and tying her PB. Bobby Curtis used his smarts and patience to run pretty even splits, finishing ninth overall, and running a PB of two minutes and four seconds for a 2:11:20. 

All in all, an amazing day of racing in the Windy City! 

October 12, 2014, Bank of America Chicago Marathon start, photo by Bank of America Chicago Marathon 

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