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Keitany_Mary-RAK17.jpgMary Keitany, is she ready for the Big Apple? photo by

ITEN (KEN): In the build-up to the New York Marathon, Mary Keitany's husband Charles Koech has hinted she is in similar shape to when she ran 2:17:01 in the London Marathon in April, informs the Daily Nation. "Keitany is in good shape and we are optimistic that she will run well the way she did in London. We are almost through with the hard training before we embark on the fine-tuning part," he said. Keitany will arrive into New York on 30 October ahead of race day on 5 November.

Jordan Hasay ran her second marathon in 2:20:57, the fastest time EVER in North America for an American woman. Jordan broke the 1985 record of Joan Benoit Samuelson, who ran 2:21:21 in Chicago thirty-two years ago, in an epic battle with Ingrid Kristiansen and Rosa Mota. Chris Derrick ran his first marathon in 2:12:50, for ninth, in the city he ran in during his early years of development.

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A nicely done presser with Jordan and Chris, emceed by James O'Brien, communications director of NYAC.

Jordan is always fun to listen to, and Chris has a wonderful sense of humor. Enjoy!

The wheelchair races continue to grow in stature and interest in Chicago. Marcel Hug used a big move to break the field near the end and insure his win and fine race. Tatyana McFadden, who nearly died from a clot last February, is back and used her wiles to outsprint the field.

The presser with James O'Brien was interesting and showed more of the depth of the races and racers. In UK, wheelchair races are huge. They are developing followers in the US.

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NEW YORK (USA): Wilson Kipsang blamed stomach problems for dropping out of the Berlin Marathon last month and he is looking to challenge for the course record in his comeback race in the New York Marathon on 5 November, informs the Daily Nation. "After taking water before the 30km mark, I felt bad in my stomach and I had to discontinue the race. There was no any other problem and that is why I decided to participate in the New York Marathon where I have been before and even won," he said. "I have been to New York and I know the course very well. A course record might be possible but not a world record."

The 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon had two entirely different races up front. Galen Rupp won with a killer 5k between 35k and 40k. Tirunesh Dibaba ran, with no pacemakers, up front nearly the entire race. She had hoped for a 2:17:18, but, due to lots of things, ran 2:18:30. James O'Brien, communications director at NYAC, and a keen observer of the sport, did the live updates at Chicago and also the post event pressers. Here is the Hi Def version of the presser courtesy of The Shoe Addicts.

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After nearly three weeks past the exciting BMW Berlin Marathon, which I watched on German TV, and followed on the website, I have some deep thoughts regarding one of the fastest marathons in the world. Read them, and then, tell me what you think. You can always reach me at [email protected].


The pace makers do their work, BMW 2017 Berlin, photo by

After a Sunday long run, a Monday fartlek, and a Tuesday tempo run, Wednesday is a light day, and enjoy it. Easy days are key to your success, so make sure you do them. You are so much fitter than you were in August. Note that your easy days were more difficut early in the season.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2017. warm up, easy 45-55 minute minute run, four times 150 meter stride outs, cooldown, easy


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DURBAN (RSA, Oct 8): World silver 10k medalist from London Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda won the Durban CitySurfRun 10k in fast national record and South Africa All-Comers top mark 27:29. Another Ugandan Stephen Kissa was clearly behind as second in 28:05 and third Swiss Julien Wanders in 28:13 national record. Only then top home runners followed with Stephen Mokoka 28:35 and Elroy Gelant 29:12. Women winner was also from Uganda and also clocked a national record, Mercyline Chelangat 31:38 ahead of Kenyan Pascalia Chepkorir 31:48. Next in order Dorcas Tuitoek 32:11 over Veronicah Nyaruai 32:55 and home Dominique Scott 33:26.

Hasay-3.jpgJordan Hasay, photo from Bank of America Chicago Marathon

The 2:20:57 run by Jordan Hasay in Chicago on Sunday, October 8, 2017 was historic. Jordan Hasay ran 2:23:00 in her marathon debut and shocked many. Truth is this, Jordan Hasay was made for the marathon, and Alberto Salzar knew that. Jordan Hasay is one of the guttiest runners I have ever seen, and she does not give an inch. In college racing she had great races and not so great races. She was not a happy camper when she did not do well, but that is okay.

As a professional athlete, Jordan raced over 5k and 10k, and she battled in every race. In 2016, she began her evolution into road running, but one wonders if that was Alberto Salazar's plan for the entire time.

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