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Dathan Ritz, 5rPfaq7w.jpgDathan Ritzenhein, Humana RNR Chicago Half Marathon, photo by AL Bello & Dylan Buell/Getty Images for RNR Marathon

The Windy City was the host for the 2019 Humana RNR Chicago Half Marathon. Here's your release:

The AJC Atlanta Peachtree Road Race is America's road race. On 4 July 2019, the AJC Peachtree will celebrate it's fiftieth anniversary. The fields, for both men and women, are stupendous, and the citizen runners, who still dream of the tshirt given ONLY to those who complete the 10k under sixty minutes, make this a tremendous event.

To see the entire elite fields, please check the release below. The fields are impressive. Good luck to all racing the streets of Atlanta!

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A successful B.A.A. 10k was held today, and course records fell. The press release tells part of the story, and the photos that we will post will tell another part of the story.

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The IAAF Global Running Conference was held May 31-June 1 in Lanzhou, China. At the conference, over 600 delegates learned about the state of the sport, where trends are globally and were provided some new research on the sport. Thanks to Jens Jakob Andersen, in a very thorough report provided for the IAAF, in cooperation with, we have this exceptional report on the global sport.

We post here with full credit to Jens Jakob Anderson and the monumental task he took on, and thank him for his enthusiasm and body of work.

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The IAAF hosted a convention on global running in Lanzou, China, on May 31-June 2. Over 600 delegates went to the event and the IAAF released a study on running research, plus some fine discussions. We hope to get the transcripts to those events, and will post. We will post the research from the, in a separate post.

RunBlogRun's Larry Eder was denied entry into China by the Chicago Chinese Visa office for the event, due to his status as a credentialed Journalist in Beijing in 2008 and 2015. Story will be posted on that lovely experience soon.

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A. Korir 2:08:03
OTTAWA (CAN, May 25-26): Kenya's Albert Korir won the Ottawa Marathon in 2:08:03 (63:36/64:27) ahead of Ethiopians Abera Kuma (2:08:14) and Tsedat Ayana (2:08:53). Reid Coolsaet was the best Canadian in eighth in 2:17:37. Tigist Girma led an Ethiopian clean sweep in the women's race in a 2:26:34 PB (72:27/74:07) ahead of Betelhem Moges (2:27:00) and Etaferahu Temesgn (2:28:44). Rwanda's Salome Nyirarukundo was fourth in 2:30:44 with Dayna Pidhoresky the top Canadian in sixth in 2:37:19, one place ahead of Krista DuChene (2:38:46). Kenya's Dorcas Kimeli won the 10km on Saturday in 31:09, leading a clean sweep ahead of Valary Jemeli (31:12) and Paskalia Kipkoech (31:30). Morocco's Mohammed Ziani regained his title in the men's race in 28:12 ahead of Kenya's Wilfred Kimitei (28:16) and fellow Moroccan Reda El Aaraby (28:22).

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Beirut, May 23 - The 2019 edition of the BLOM BANK Beirut Marathon is set to be the strongest yet with the announcement that this year's race will form part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Championships.

All participants in eligible categories will earn points according to their age, time and gender which will contribute to their AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Ranking aligned with the following age groups for men and women: 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+.

With the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships set to take place in 2021, the qualification period will begin on October 13, 2019 and run until October 11, 2020, with the top two qualifying times earning participants ranking points.

It means age-group participants in this year's BLOM BANK Beirut Marathon now have more reason than ever to post a fast time at the event, which is an IAAF Silver Label Road Race.

Tim Hadzima, Executive Director of Abbott World Marathon Majors, said: "We are very excited about the response to the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings from marathons around the world. Our system gives runners a chance to run all over the world and all across the calendar on a truly global stage. We want to give them a chance to gain recognition like never before."

This year's BLOM BANK Beirut Marathon will take place on Sunday, November 10, 2019 and it's sure to be a hotly-contested edition. Last year's elite men's race was won by Mohamed Reda El Aaraby of Morocco in 2:10:41 with the women's title going to Ethiopia's Medina Deme Armino in 2:29:31.

All races will again start at the picturesque Beirut Waterfront on General Wissam El Hassan Avenue and wind their way around a scenic 42.195 KM course alongside the city's Mediterranean coast before participants cross two parallel finish lines at the historic Martyrs' Square in downtown Beirut.

"We, at Beirut Marathon Association, always strive for international standards, high levels of proficiency and accommodating our runners in any way we can," said Race Director Wissam Terro.

"Being part of the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Ranking Qualifying Events within the BLOM BANK Beirut Marathon is a great added value to the event, where our Lebanese athletes can benefit from such opportunity and compete alongside international runners within the same age group. This will create new and amazing opportunities for our champions and put our race on the international map."


The TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2019 is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race and Asia's leading 10km road race. The following story is by Phil Minshull. Photos from ProCam International.

Ethiopia's Andamlak Belihu winning the TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2019.JPGEthiopia's Andamlak Belihu triumphs at the TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2019, photo by ProCam International

Kenya's Agnes Tirop winning the TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2019.JPGKenya's Agnes Tirop defends her women's title, photo by ProCam International

Eliud Kipchoge has won four London Marathons now. His 2:02.38 was an amazing performance, as he took on all comers, including the exciting Mosinet Geremew, and Mo Farah, among others.

Many wonder how long Eliud Kipchoge will last at the top? Eliud is unique. A highly talented athlete, with a breadth of experience, Eliud Kipchoge is the Zen warrior of the marathon. He is focused on the present. His last 5k in London was a case in point. His ability to break the race open when he so desired was an exhilerating sporting experience to watch.

TL2_3955.jpgEliud Kipchoge, 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon, photo by London Marathon Media

This interview of Eliud Kipchoge was done on 28 April 2018 by Andy Edwards of Race News Service.

Eliud Kipchoge speaks after his finest victory.

Daniel Romanchuk won the Chicago marathon in 2018, and he has been unstoppable since. In April 2019, Daniel won both Chicago and London marathons. Andy Edwards interviewed Daniel after his exciting London win.

TL2_4017.jpgDaniel Romanchuk, photo by London Marathon Media

Romanchuk had taken third in London in 2018 and in Boston. His big victories also show off the program at the Univeristy of Illinois at Champaign. In Daniel Romanchuk, we find amazing strength, speed and racing savvy for someone so new to the sport. Special thanks to Andy Edwards of Race News Service, on the fine interviews that he provided on the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon.

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