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Nearly four hundred athletes will be running the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials next Saturday, February 13, in Los Angeles. We asked long time journalist and writer for Cal Track, American Track & Field and RunBlogRun Mark Winitz to pen his thoughts on the upcoming trials.

Tell us what you think of Mark's notions on the Trials. But most of all, enjoy them!

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The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon is one of the most highly anticipated Marathon Trials marathons in recent memory. With an intense battle for 26.2 miles on both the men's and women's sides, each race will have its own drama. NBC will be televising the race live from 10 am PST to 1 PM PST on Saturday, February 13, 2016. If you are in Los Angeles, come down and watch the race as both races have their own battles and own drama.

Updated 2/6/16 for page 16 change.

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Jeff Benjamin wrote this review. A long time writer for American Athletics, then, American Track & Field, and now, RunBlogRun, Jeff noted to me, "This was the best book that I have read in a long time."

Updated February 2, 2016, by editor.

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Justin Lagat wrote this piece in late January during the visit of Canada's Reid Coolsaet to Kenya. Justin has written for RunBlogRun for several years, and this may be, dear and kind readers, his best piece so far.

The journey of a journalist and a distance runner are similar. There are times of great mastery, when the training and hours of running and hours of writing come to the fruition. And there are times of great misery, when neither the running nor the prose comes easily.

Justin writes of Reid Coolsaet, Canada's finest marathoner, and the beginnings of his training camp in Kenya.

Kipchoge-KipsangR-London15.jpgEliud Kipchoge, Wilson Kipsang to duel once again! photo by PhotoRun.net

The 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon was one of the best marathons that I have ever viewed! The battle between Eliud Kipchoge and Wilson Kipsang was epic: down to the final couple miles, two of the best male marathoners in the world dueling until the final mile!

Well, sports fans, they are BAAAAACK!

An amazing field on the women's side, and last week, the announcement on the men's side showed that, as elite coordinator Mr. Bedford said for years, and now, Hugh Brasher proudly notes, the London Marathon is the best marathon in the world.

They will prove it once again, on April 24, 2016. Be there ! RunBlogRun will be there, covering the event live as we have for nearly a decade!

Taylor_Kellyn1-SanAntonio15.jpgKellyn Taylor, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kellyn Taylor is one of the athletes that could make a big impression in Los Angeles on February 13, 2016.

Here is how Carolyn Mather sees her chances on the five lap course...

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PHOTO: Kim Conley poses with the girls track team of West Seneca West schools (West Seneca, N.Y.) after winning the 2016 New Balance Games invitational mile (photo by David Monti for Race Results Weekly)
The New Balance Games happened on January 24, 2016, one day later than planned, due to the BIG SNOW. Kim Conley now has two nifty wins on her road to RIO, a win in December over 10,000 meters on the track and now a win over the mile at the New Balance Games.
Kim Conley is a fine distance runner, who knows that, to be competitive over 10,000 meters, one must race from the 800 meters to the 5000 meters. Watch Kim Conley, she is focused, fit and fantastic.
She will be battling for RIO 2016.

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Abera 2:04:24 and Tsegaye 2:19:41

DUBAI (UAE, Jan 22): As usual, fast times were set en masse in the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on Friday morning. In the men's race, Ethiopia's Tesfaye Abera missed the course record by one second but sliced his PB from 2:09:46 to 2:04:24. The top three finishers all broke the sub-2:05 barrier with reigning champion Lemi Berhanu and 2014 winner Tsegaye Mekonnen clocking 2:04:33 PB and 2:04:46 respectively as Ethiopians filled the top six spots. Through halfway, Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2:02:57 looked in danger as a leading group of 16 passed through nine seconds under Kimetto's record pace in 61:36 and passed 30km in a world record time of 1:27:20. Ethiopians also filled the first five spots in the women's race which was won by 2013 champion Tirfi Tsegaye in 2:19:41 ahead of debutante Amane Beriso (2:20:48) and Meselech Melkamu (2:22:29). Abera's halfway splits were 61:38/62:46 while Tsegaye recorded negative splits of 70:17/69:24. In total 13 men clocked sub 2:10 and 10 women sub 2:30. Beijing participant Mayada Al-Sayad achieved Palestine record 2:39:48 as 17th woman.

Editors' Note: Dubai marathon lived up to the hype, with some very fast times for January.

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Caption: Left to right: Peter Connerton (Event Director), Julian Wynter (CEO Standard Chartered Bank UAE), Saeed Hareb (General Secretary Dubai Sports Council), Ahmed Al Kamali (President UAE Athletics Federation) and Cedric Betis (Chairman of the Wellness Committee, Dubai Holding)

The Dubai Marathon is one of the fastest marathons in the world. The fields for 2016 are top notch, and we should see some very fast times on Friday! We will post a link to view the race on Thursday!

The Dubai Marathon always provides us with some fast running in January each year. With Meselech Melkamu in the field, the marathon on the women's side could be even faster!

We shall see this coming Friday!

Melkamu in dubai.jpgMeselech Melkamu, photo by Dubai Marathon

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