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Patrick Makau sets WR in September 2011 at Berlin, photo by PhotoRun.net
Patrick Makau is a former world record holder in the marathon. He is also one of the toughest marathoners of all times.
In this film, developed by adidas partners Vector, Patrick Makau gives you an intimate view of his life, his focus on running a great marathon and his country.
What do we learn? A brilliant runner, with a wonderful talent, who wants that next big race. For that, and for Patrick Makau, our sport is a better place.
Boston 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net
The Boston marathon weekend is here! Ten thousand runners ran the 5k on Saturday morning for the BAA 5k, and thirty thousand of the finest marathoners in all of marathondom will run in Boston on Monday, April 20, 2015.
Here is how David Monti of Race Results Weekly writes about the hallowed event, now in its 119th year!
Zersenay Tadese, photo by PhotoRun.net
So, I asked Cathal Dennehy to write about some of the stories that might not be considered an obvious feature. Zersenay Tadese is one of those fine athletes at Boston who possesses much talent, but who, has not been fortunate with Lady Luck.
Will it happen on Monday, April 20, 2015?
Molly Huddle, March 15, 2015, United NYC Half, photo by PhotoRun.net
Molly Huddle is the American record holder in the 5,000 meters. She first set the AR in 2010, and broke in once again in July 2014 at the Herculis GP, while holding off Shannon Rowbury near the finish.
Molly Huddle's strength is her tenacity and her, well, strength. Huddle is charming in an interview. She is also a ferocious competitor, who will probe and test, probe and test, and then, kick her way to victory.
This interview was done on Friday, April 17, after the BAA 5k press conference. Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts for shooting and producing this video and to Molly Huddle, one of our favorite athletes.
Molly Huddle will be defending her title at the BAA 5k on Saturday morning, April 18. Her next race after that will the the Pre Classic 5,000 meters.
On April 3, Shalane Flanagan battled Gelete Burka for 24.5 of the 25 laps of the 400 meter track at Stanford University. Burka defeated Flanagan in the 10,000m race, but Flanagan was chipper and relaxed within five to ten minutes of her race finish.
Shalane Flanagan, 2014 Boston marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net
Shalane Flanagan had run a 10,000m in 31:09, a very fast time, on a day where she was quite tired.
The interview that follows was Shalane Flanagan chatting about the upcoming Boston marathon this weekend.
Mark my word, Shalane Flanagan is her to race, and she wants to improve her time, but most importantly, Flanagan wants the winner's wreath in Boston.
Sammy Mitei, Coach for Pace Sports Management,
photo by Justin Lagat
Justin Lagat writes for RunBlogRun on a weekly basis, sometimes more. In this piece, Justin writes about his observations of Coach Mitei, his coaching methods and the workouts of his athletes. One can feel the enthusiasm in Justin Lagat's writing: his love of his country, Kenya, and respect for his athletes and coaches.
Enjoy the read!
A nicely done release, showcasing how Abbott, a global brand will develop individual branding campaigns recognizing the different cultures of the Abbott World marathon major partners. Abbott's Facebook presence and comments show a thoughtful approach to reaching out to runners, and the people that they influence.
Marc Korir, photo by PhotoRun.net
PARIS (FRA, Apr 12): Mark Korir and Meseret Mengistu were the winners of the 39th Schneider Electris Paris Marathon. The men's race saw a dramatic conclusion, with Mike Kigen of Kenya opening up a gap and looking set for victory until his compatriot Mark Korir closed the gap and made his own bid for the title inside the last 5km. There was a negative split after 63:23 first half then 62:26 second. Korir, who finished second at the Paris half marathon last month, ran to his first marathon victory in a big PB of 2:05:49. Kigen suffered in the latter stages and was passed by Luke Kanda (2:07:20 PB) and Seboka Tola (2:07:33), eventually finishing fourth in 2:07:42. In fifth was Gilbert Kirwa with 2:07.42. During the cutting edge of the women's race, the lead group was made up of Mengistu of Ethiopia, her compatriot Amane Gobena and Visiline Jepkesho of Kenya. With Gobena setting the pace, Jepkesho was the first to drop. Gobena forged ahead in the last kilometres, but Mengistu was not done and caught and passed her compatriot in the last 500m to take the title in 2:23:26 PB, almost 6 minutes better than her previous best. Gobena followed in 2:23:30 PB, with Jepkesho improving to 2:24:44 in third. The race was dominated by Ethiopians, with 7 in the top 8. Meskere Assefa (2:25:58), Marta Megra (2:26:20 PB), and Bruktayit Eshetu (2:26:48) rounded out the top 6, with one of the pre-race favourites Emily Ngetich of Kenya only 9th in 2:30:47. Best French and Europeans in 11th position Abdellatif Meftah 2:11:13 and Martha Komu as 10th in 2:33:33. European CC Champion Sophie Duarte gave up after 33 km. New impressive record of 41 342 participating runners including 18 000 international ones representing 150 nations. With the help of Alberto Stretti.
(Editor's note: The Paris marathon is one of the most popular marathons in the world, and probably the second largest. The women's race was a real battle and great comments on Universal coverage this year. Last year, with Kenenisa Bekele, the race was in the spotlight, and this year, it was an oh, um...Truth be told, the second half is tough and the amount of Parisians who can get on the course and run next to the elite is quite alarming. On the other hand, running through the streets of Paris makes this a huge draw for Americans and Europeans. I still have not gotten over the French runner, with a three day beard, cigar in mouth, having run the 26.2 dressed as Minnie Mouse.)