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Ethiopian winners
TOKYO (JPN, Mar 3): 2019 Tokyo Marathon registered Ethiopian winners as headwinds in the last 6.5 km and cold rain throughout kept the really fast times from happening as scheduled. Brett Larner informs that number one on paper Birhanu Legese as men winner was not a surprise in 2:04:48. Second Bedan Karoki 2:06:48 PB and third Dickson Chumba 2:08:44. Only one more time sub 2:10 with Simon Kariuki in debut 2.09:41. Best Japanese Kensuke Horio 2:10:21 in debut as fifth. Equally unsurprising was the top position of Ruti Aga who had predicted a 2:18:30 at the pre-race press conference and forced the pacers and at least six other women in the front group to go for just that, splitting 1:09:45 at halfway. Things fell off a bit in the second half, especially after the 35.8 km turnaround. Her winning time was 2:20:40. Helen Tola and Shure Demise were 2nd and 3rd in 2:21:01 and 2:21:05 to make it an Ethiopian sweep of the podium, with Kenyan Florence Kiplagat the top non-Ethiopian at 4th in 2:21:50. Best Japanese was Mao Ichiyama 2:24:33 as 7th in the debut at the distance.

The 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon will be an awesome one! The fields for both the men's and women's elite are named. Our friend from Kenya, Justin Lagat, opines about the fields and the potential for marathon nirvana.

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Mary Keitany, Brigid Kosgrei and Gladys Cherono in the women's field, along with Americans Molly Huddle and Emily Sisson. On the men's side, Mo Farah, Eliud Kipchoge, Wilson Kipsang and Abraham Kiptum will provide some great viewing. A few weeks ago, someone reminded me how hot the Tokyo Marathon will be. They picked Brigid Kosgei as the one to watch for Tokyo.

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On a final note, Eliud Kipchoge knows he can be beat by Mo Farah, that is one of the reason's why Kipchoge is the best marathoner in the world. That is why Kipchoge will run his race, and not a race that gives any advantages to Mo Farah.

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Kipchoge_Eluid1j-Berlin18.JPGEliud Kipchoge, 2018 Berlin Marathon, photo by

Sisson-HuddleH1-NycHalf17.JPGEmma Sisson and Molly Huddle, 2017 NYC Half Marathon, photo by

The 2019 Virgin London Marathon continues to prove that not only does it have the finest field of the spring marathon season, but also the deepest. Spencer Barden has taken over the orchestratrion of the elite field, taking over after the retirement of David Bedford, and the field continues to show a quality of thought and appreciation of how to orchestrate a field to bring out the very best in the key players in the field.

In that light, it is fantastic to see American distance runners Molly Huddle and Emily Sisson are going to be racing the streets of London. Molly Huddle is the former AR 5000m, and holds the 10,000m and half marathon. Emily Sisson holds the AR debut half marathon. Finding a successful training partner is not easy. Molly Huddle and Emily Sisson are training partners.

Training partners help the other when the other is having a bad day. Perhaps partners switch interval leads. Or, on a tough tempo run, partners juggle the lead, helping both achieve the desired goals. As the author of Once a Runner, John Parker, described it, training partners understand the other due to the time spent, or, the "Miles of Trials and Trials of Miles." Molly Huddle and Emily Sisson encourage each other, and challenge each other to give their very best.

RunBlogRun looks forward to covering the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon this year, with Americans Molly Huddle and Emily Sisson in the fray. To see the entire London Marathon elite field, click here.

The 49th running of TCS NYC Marathon will be held on November 3, 2019. The NYC Marathon was held in Central Park in the early years, and in 1976 the race was run through all five boroughs. And the Five Boroughs race was to be run ONLY in 1976!

Now, in its 49th year, the day to get application is January 14, 2019. Please read below for instructions.

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Original post September 16, 2018

Repost January 1, 2019

Justin Lagat wrote this piece on Eliud Kipchoge's amazing WR in Berlin. This was my favorite piece of September 2018.

The marathon came early in Wisconsin, at 2 in the morning. Last year, I was fortunate to view it on German TV, but from Hawaii. This year, the streaming was a challenge, so I covered it via kilometer splits, then, Polish TV, Kenyan TV and a few more sources.

Justin Lagat gives us the view from Kenya, and one tweet noted that more Kenyans were watching the marathon than attending church services on this spectacular Sunday!

Kipchoge_EluidH-Berlin18.JPGEliud Kipchoge sets World record of 2:01.39, photo by

Original post April 16, 2018

Repost December 31, 2018

David Hunter has written for runblogrun for many years. David covered the Boston Marathon by his lonesome this year. The previous several years, David and I had spent the Boston Marathon day covering the event from the media center. I had had heart surgery on April 11. So, I watched the event via Columbia (bootleg) and Poland. Next year, in Boston.

Des Linden is a unique athletic archtype in our American running culture. Well liked, with a self depricating sense of humor, keen observation skills and the work ethic only surpassed by Joan Benoit Samuelson in her heyday, Desi Linden took all of those skills and built a win today in Boston. Her win was the result of a combination of her skills and her desire.

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A digression.

The 1968 Olympic decathlon champ, Bill Toomey, gave me the following theory. The one who wins an athletic competition is the one who covets the event the most. In 1968, Toomey practiced the high jump in the rain in Santa Barbara, telling himself that it might rain in Mexico City. And sure enough it did. His vault poles were lost in transist, but that was another story.

Des Linden had run five Boston marathons. Her experience helped her in her sixth Boston marathon. Des Linden had ground out some serious miles and workouts. She had run some cold long runs in Michigan and she probably had some runs that beat her up more than Boston in 2018. Most of all, Des Linden coveted this race, this crazy race from Hopkinton to Boston more than anyone else in the elite field.

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David Hunter gets that across as he builds the arguement that Des Linden put all of her talents together to win this race, this 2018 Boston Marathon. When asked later if an his athlete could have won Boston if it had been better conditions, Coach Kevin Hanson, the zen master of coaching, noted, " But the conditions were not better."

Enough said.

Desiree Linden won the 2018 BAA Boston Marathon in the most god awful conditions in the past four decades. She is a Boston marathon legend.

Case closed.

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John Hancock announced the 2019 USA Boston Marathon Elite team this morning. The Boston Marathon will have one of the finest fields in years. One of the things that JH has done well over the past half decade is putting the finest Americans together in most iconic of all marathons.

We will be waiting to see until April 15, 2019.

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The 2019 B.A.A. Boston Marathon announced that their 4 defending champions will return to race the streets of Boston. The 2018 Boston Marathon was a horrifically challenging event. Amazing thing was that, in 2018, 30 percent more marathoners qualified for 2019 than in a normal year.

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What will 2019 bring?

The fields are going to be epic! Do not miss it!

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Mo Farah, after his superb win in Chicago, will be running his next marathon in London, it was announced today! In Chicago, Mo Farah set a new European record, as well as won his first World Marathon Major. Mo's race showed his racing talent has been translated to the marathon distance.

Kipchoge_EluidR-Berlin18.jpgEliud Kipchoge breaks 2:01.39 WR, photo by

KAPENGURIA (KEN): World marathon record-holder Eliud Kipchoge will be a special guest at the annual Tegla Loroupe 10km Peace Race in Kapenguria in West Pokot on Saturday, informs the Daily Nation. "We will have more than 200 reformed warriors participating in the race from various warring communities who are now living in peace. Also a number of elite athletes will participate with the world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge expected to grace the occasion," said Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation Communications Director Obadiah Kendagor.

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