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Hasay.JPGJordan Hasay wins 15k, photo by Ryan Bethke/Shamrock Run

Lemoncello.jpegAndrew Lemoncello wins 5k and 15k, photo by Ryan Bethke/Shamrock Run

RunBlogRun opines: The Shamrock Run is in its 41st year. The 15k is one of the toughest courses in the country and with much history.

I recall it as the Cascade Run Off, which I ran in 1980. That year, it was held just after the Olympic Trials. I recall standing with Benji Durden, 1980 Olympic marathon team member just before the starting line. Herb Lindsey won the 1980 race. I ran with Marty Cooksey through 10k and ran with Lorainne Moller (1988 Olympic bronze medalist)up until 8 miles. We ran fast over the fine 5k, hitting close to five minute miles. Lorraine kicked my butt over the final 1.3 miles, looking like the Olympian she was and medalist she would soon be.

This year, Jordan Hasay won the 15k in 51:31. After her win, under the watchful eye of Coach Alberto Salazar, Jordan ran another 13.7 miles as she prepared for the Boston Marathon, giving her a total run of 23 miles for the day. Scottish runner, Olympian Andrew Lemoncello, now in Portland for adidas, won the 5k, and the 15k.

Dan Cruz, one of the top public relations road running specialists, wrote the following piece on the 41rst Shamrock Run...

T. Kiplagat 2:06:00 and Mokonin 2:23:44
SEOUL (KOR, Mar 17): Kenya's Thomas Kiplagat won the Seoul Marathon in a 2:06:00 PB, leading a Kenyan clean sweep ahead of Elisha Rotich (2:06:12) and Mike Kiptum (2:06:22). Ethiopia's Fikre Tefera was fourth in 2:06:27 with Jong-Sub Shim the leading domestic finisher in eighth in 2:12:52. Bahrain's Desi Mokonin won the women's race in 2:23:44 ahead of Ethiopia's reigning champion Hirut Tibebu (2:24:05) and Kenya's Celestine Chepchirchir (2:24:48). Seul-Ki Ahn was sixth on home soil in a 2:26:28 PB.

The 2019 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon showed the exciting performances that come out of Dubai so early in the year. In near perfect weather, with a very fast course, and near perfect pacing, top young marathoners from Ethiopia and Kenya battled it out. Two men broke the course record, and also were under 2:04. And the performances continued...

CO1_0564.jpegGetaneh Molla, 2:03:34, 2019 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, photo by Giancarlo Columbo

What makes Dubai so special? Having witnessed it for two years, this writer believes that the support of the local government, local sponsors, Standard Chartered Bank and adidas are part of the story. Part of the story is also the mercurial Peter Connerton, whose colorful approach to sport in the U.A.E. has taken the Dubai Mararthon to one of the top few dozen marathons to a consistent top five event each year, at the very least.

The lack of appearance money pits some of the unknown elites, who have spent their careers on the track, or roads and show up in Dubai to do battle and collect a good payday.

Special thanks to The Shoe Addicts' Mike Deering, on his production skills with the podcast and patience with aforementioned author.

Here's our preview on the 2019 race:

And here's our podcast on the Men's race:

chariots-of-fire-cinema-quad-movie-poster-(1).jpgThe day before the Skechers Performance LA Marathon (March 24), you will have a chance to see one of the finest movies on athletics EVER: Chariots of Fire, in Beverly Hills, CA. To learn more, read on!

2Y9A9254.jpegMo Farah, by David Wearn

LONDON (GBR, Mar 10): Mo Farah defended his title in the Big Half in London, winning in a sprint finish in 61:15 to defeat training partner Bashir Abdi from Belgium (61:16) with former London Marathon winner Daniel Wanjiru third in 61:17. Dewi Griffiths was a distant fourth in 63:17 with former world marathon record-holder Wilson Kipsang from sixth in 64:07. Charlotte Purdue came through in the latter stages to pass Steph Twell to defend her title in the women's race, 70:38 to 71:33.

2Y9A8914.jpegThe Big Vitality Half, photo by David Wearn

Wayne Levy is the Director of Athletic Programs at the Boston Athletic Association. Many will recall his interview with us on the Programs offered by the BAA and the responsibility that the B.A.A. has in building the sport.

Wayne Levy.jpgWayne Levy, B.A.A. Director of Programs, photo by Linked In

This part 2 is about the B.A.A. High Performance Team. The B.A.A. supports an elite coach and a small cadre to elite athletes, providing them the support needed to achieve their goals as an elite athlete. These clubs are key in the development of the next generation of elite American athletes. Wayne Levy spoke with RunBlogRun's Larry Eder on December 10, 2018 on his vision for the B.A.A. High Performance team.

We look forward to catching up with Coach Ricardo Santos and young, developing team this spring!

Bounasr_SalahFH-LakeBiwa19.jpgSalah Eddine Bounasr, 2:07.52, wins Lake Biwa, photo by

LAKE BIWA (JPN, Mar 10): Morocco's Salah Eddine Bounasr won the Lake Biwa Marathon in 2:07:52 in a close finish ahead of Ethiopia's Asefa Tefera (2:07:56) and South Africa's Stephen Mokoka (2:07:58). World bronze medallist Alphonce Felix Simbu from Tanzania was sixth in a 2:08:27 PB, one place ahead of leading home finisher Kenji Yamamoto (2:08:42). Boston Marathon winner Yuki Kawauchi was eighth in 2:09:21.

Tefera-Bounasr-Mokoka-LakeBiwa19.JPGTefera, Bounasr, Mokoka, Lake Biwa 2019, photo by

peterconnerrton.jpgPeter Connerton, Dubai Marathon, photo from You Tube

Peter Connerton is the Race Director of Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon. He has done this job for 20 years and watched it grow from a minor marathon to the top rated marathon in the world. The marathon is about fast, deep finishes. In 2018, he had 7 men under 2:05, and 4 women under 2:19. In 2019, the Dubai had 2 men under 2:04 and 2 under 2:18 for women.

Why is Dubai so successful?

Like Mr. Connerton, the Dubai Marathon is a bit eccentric. No appearance money, the athletes put it on the line, and fine athletes from Ethiopia and Kenya show up each year, to put themselves on the map and pick up a strong pay day.

In 2019, the weather was near perfect, the course is fast, and the competition did not relent.

This interview was done on January 25, 2019, about two hours after the race, and Peter Connerton was just coming down from his race attitude. Thanks to Peter Connerton for his time and Brian Eder for producing the interview.

Wayne Levy.jpgWayne Levy, photo courtesy You Tube

Wayne Levy is the new Director of Athletic Programs at the Boston Athletic Association. A long time high performance runner, Wayne Levy was a previous winner of the BAA Half Marathon. RunBlogRun met with Wayne at the B.A.A. offices on December 10, 2018, and he spent 30 minutes going on the records. Wayne's job is to oversee, develop and manage the outreach to athletes in the community with B.A.A. programs. As the the overseers of themost iconic marathon in our sport, the B.A.A. takes their responsibility to support runners in all parts of our community.

We thank Wayne Levy for his time and enthusiasm. We thank Brian Eder for his production skills on this Audio production.

Jepkosgei_Joyciline-RAK18.JPGJoyciline Jepkosgei, photo by

Joyciline Jepkosgei will debut at the HASPA Hamburg Marathon on 28 April. A very anticipated debut, how will Joyciline handle the move from 13.1m to 26.2m? It could be a fascinating race!

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