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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. 



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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! 
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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? 


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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. 






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Lelisa Desisa, Boston 2013 Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Sabrina Yohannes wrote this piece on Lelisa Desisa, the 2013 Boston Marathon winner.  Desisa had a rough 2014, and told Sabrina that he is ready to race! 
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. 

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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. 

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Hightower steps down as USATF board chair; Miller selected to serve

INDIANAPOLIS -- USATF President Stephanie Hightower on Wednesday stepped down as chairman of the board, with the board selecting Steve Miller to replace her as chair.

 

This August, Hightower will stand as USATF's nominee for election to the IAAF Council. The upcoming IAAF election and the transition of her role was the impetus for her decision to resign as board chair.

 

"As USATF President and our candidate for Council, I wish to help provide continuity and stability in leadership change as we move into the next phase of the IAAF election process," said Hightower, who as USATF President will assume the role of board vice chair, in accordance with USATF bylaws. "Recognizing that to be successful at the IAAF I must devote significant time and effort to that endeavor, I submit my resignation as chairman of the USATF Board of Directors. It has been a true honor and privilege to serve as chairman, and I look forward to continuing to serve on the board as President and to actively pursuing a new role for USATF at the IAAF."


Hightower was elected as USATF President at the organization's 2008 Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada. At its first meeting in March 2009, a newly constituted USATF board elected Hightower as chair. She was re-elected as USATF President in 2012, and the board most recently re-elected her to serve another two-year term as chair at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif. Miller will serve the remainder of that term as board chair, through 2016.


Hightower is CEO of the Columbus (Ohio) Urban League, the first woman to hold the position, and previously was Vice President for Institutional Advancement for the Columbus College of Art & Design. A former world-class hurdler, she has served USATF in countless capacities, beginning with USATF's Athletes Advisory Committee and including as USATF women's track & field chair and as team leader, team manager and chef de mission for Team USA at international competitions. During her athletic career, she was named to the roster of 12 national teams, held American and world records in the hurdles, and was a member of the 1980 Olympic Team. As a civic leader in her hometown of Columbus, Hightower served for five years as President of the Columbus Board of Education. She recently received the Distinguished Service Award from her alma mater, The Ohio State University, currently serves as an Advisory Officer for US Bank and is a member of several education and cultural boards.

 

A board member since 2009, Miller is CEO of Agassi Graf Holdings, the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, and BILT by Agassi and Reyes. He previously served as the Executive Chairman of the Board for Power Plate International, President and CEO of the Professional Bowlers Association, Director of Global Sports Marketing for Nike, adjunct professor at the University of Oregon Warsaw School of Sports Marketing, and Director of Athletics for Kansas State University. He has more than two decades' experience as a high school and collegiate track and cross country coach, is a five-time NCAA Coach of the Year and is a member four Halls of Fame, including the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame.


(Editor's note: What does this mean? I am not sure. Ms. Hightower remains as Vice Chairman and President of USATF. This was done, my guess, to show IAAF that Ms. Hightower is clearing some of her time to potentially do more to support the IAAF as the Board has recommended her to represent USATF interest with the IAAF. In global sports federations, the perception of an action is much more important that the actual action. This is an action to show Ms. Hightower's desire to serve the international sport's largest global federation, the IAAF)

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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! 
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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. 
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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.)

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