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New York, NY - November 28, 2016 - Maison Mumm announced today the special appointment of Usain Bolt, one of the world's most daring and decorated athletes, as its newest CEO. After months of speculation regarding his next move after his victories in Rio, Mr. Bolt gave a special statement that he will take on one of the biggest challenges of his career as CEO of the number one champagne house in France[1], Maison Mumm.

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McCormack beats the field
ALCOBENDAS (ESP, Nov 27): Former two-time European cross country champion Fionnuala McCormack scored an emphatic victory in the senior women's 8.06km at the Cross Internacional de la Constitucion in Alcobendas (IAAF CC Permit). McCormack clocked 28:18 to defeat two-time Olympic steeplechase finalist Etenesh Diro from Ethiopia by 38 seconds with Trihas Gebre a distant third in 29:31. Uganda's Timothy Toroitich took his second big win in as many weekends with victory in the men's senior 10.06km in 30:52 ahead of Eritrean teenager Aron Kifle (31:01), Kenyan steeplechaser Jairus Birech (31:06) and Bahrain's El Hassan El-Abbassi (31:14). Ayad Lamdassem was the top domestic finisher in sixth (31:43) with European junior cross country champion Yemaneberhan Crippa from Italy seventh in the same time.

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Silva plans to defend her title
HAVANA (CUB): Prensa Latina informs that Cuban world champion Yarisley Silva sets her eye on the retention of her pole vault crown at the next world championship in London in 2017. "I continue with aspirations to defend my world title and I will fight with eagerness to maintain it," told the portentous Caribbean athlete to Prensa Latina in Havana. She is not planning to jump indoors and is expected back to training in December.

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Ghirmay Ghebresalassie won the TCS NYC Marathon on November 6, 2016 in a battle for the top title with Lukas Rotich and Abdi Abdirahman. This is an interview done with Mr. Ghebresalassie by Sabrina Yohannes, who has written several pieces for us over the past few years. Ghebresalassie has proven himself to be a top talent, with his win in NYC, followed by two fourths in London and at the Olympics. His World Championships win in Beijing 2015 surprised many, but his win, in 2:07:51 on the tough NYC course should remind marathon fans that Ghirmay will be a force to reckon with in any race he chooses.

Editor's note: With over 800 Turkey day events around the country, we thought this was a fine event with good causes on Thanksgiving Day.

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Nearly 12,000 Give Thanks for Health at Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon Events

Participants, Atlanta Track Club Give Back to Atlanta's Homeless

ATLANTA, November 24, 2016 - Approximately 12,000 runners and walkers gave thanks for their health and fitness at the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon events. Participants, volunteers and spectators were treated to mild temperatures and mostly sunny skies. The Half Marathon, 5K, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia One Mile and 50m Dash all started and finished near Turner Field.

Elite athletes from across the country chose to spend their holiday competing at the Thanksgiving Day 5K after an expanded prize purse of $12,000 was announced for the event. The winners took home $2,000 each. For the men, today's race was a rematch of the 2016 USATF 5K Championships with Sam Chelanga of Colorado Springs, Colorado, taking on Atlanta Track Club Elite's Kirubel Erassa. In the end, Chelanga outkicked Erassa again, winning in 14:21 to Erassa's 14:25.

"It's early in the season, so I don't know where I'm at; I don't know where Kirubel's at. So I pushed him," said Chelanga. "I wanted to make it fun and push myself."

The first female in the 5K was Natosha Rogers of Littleton, Colorado, who finished in 16:09. Rogers credited Furman University Junior Allie Buchalski (Alpharetta, GA), who placed second in 16:12, with pushing her to the win.

"We were neck and neck the whole time. That last mile was really pushing it for me, but I'm glad I dug deep for the win," said Rogers. "It was challenging with the hills, but I'm used to running longer races so it went by really quickly."

The sold-out Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon turned into a hometown battle between two brothers. Jared and Josh Carson started together, but Jared pulled away and bested his brother, running 1:11:33 and 1:12:47 respectively.

"My competitive edge got the best of me," admits Jared Carson, who now lives in Austin, Texas. "I've run this race three or four times now, and I always enjoy coming back and running it."

The top female in the half marathon has found success on this course before, placing first in 2014 and third in 2015. Annie Kelly, who attended Milton High School and now runs for the University of Colorado Boulder, improved upon her 2014 win (1:25:40) and broke the tape today in 1:21:19.

"I probably went out a little fast, but I was trying to break 1:20," said Kelly. "I honestly started dying around mile 11, but there was a male runner who kept telling me to run and that helped a lot."

The Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon events also provided a way for participants to give back to the homeless. Atlanta Track Club encouraged participants to bring gently used clothing and shoes to the start line or race number pick-up with a goal of collecting one ton of clothing. All items were donated to Atlanta Mission. Additionally, Atlanta Track Club donated $4,000 to Atlanta Mission.

Complete results for the 2016 Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon & 5K are posted at

About Atlanta Track Club
Atlanta Track Club is a nonprofit committed to creating an active and healthy Atlanta. Through running and walking, Atlanta Track Club motivates, inspires and engages the community to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. With more than 26,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race ( - the largest 10K running event in the world, the Publix Georgia Marathon, PNC Atlanta 10 Miler and Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, Atlanta Track Club directs more than 30 events per year. Through the support of its members and volunteers, Atlanta Track Club also maintains a number of community initiatives including organizing and promoting the Kilometer Kids youth running program to metro Atlanta youth, honoring high school cross country and track and field athletes through Atlanta Track Club's All-Metro Banquets and supporting the Grady Bicycle EMT program. For more information on Atlanta Track Club, visit

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LAUSANNE (SUI): EBU confirmed earlier this year that Europe's major free-to-air broadcasters will televise the 2018 European Championships, with coverage across the top five markets (BBC in the United Kingdom, ARD/ZDF in Germany, France Televisions in France, RAI in Italy and TVE in Spain). The broadcasters in all five major markets have promised to show the action "on their main channels." Other EBU members already signed up include VRT (Belgium), HRT (Croatia), DT (Denmark), YLE (Finland), RTE (Ireland), NOS (Netherlands), NRK (Norway), TVP (Poland), SRG SSR (Switzerland), and SVT and TV4 (Sweden). The level of coverage for the inaugural European Championships is also enhanced by a deal with Eurosport. The pan-European broadcaster has an agreement to show European Athletics events from 2016 to 2019. Informs European Athletics.

RunBlogRun opines: Great to see European Champs on free terrestrial TV. My reasoning? If we truly want new fans, we need to have our sport in big old TV. Cable TV is fine too. And so is streaming video on mobile and all devices. My concern is that, most serious fans will watch our sport anywhere, and with Flotrack putting so much up as paid view only, I wonder outloud if it grows the business. Would not it be a good idea for Flotrack to provide some exciting free streamed shows to attract new audience?

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This is the second report from the 2016-17 European Cross Country results for this season, special thanks to Carles Baronet, who compiles all of our reports on European athletics.

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POINTE-A-PITRE (FRA): The organizers of the International Meeting Region de Guadeloupe announced that the 2017 edition will be held on May 17th. In its 13th year of existence, the Athletics Meeting in Guadeloupe has entertained over the years an elaborate list of Olympic and World Champions competing in front of a supportive Caribbean crowd at the Baie-Mahault Stadium. Informs Trackalerts.

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This is the first of the 2016-17 season of European cross country results. This report was compiled by our friend, Carles Baronet, who is behind the site, Track in Sun.

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Lavillenie vs Holzdeppe
First German indoor pole vault meet of the season will be 3rd New Years Jumping in Merzig on January 14. World record holder Renaud Lavillenie is confirmed against 2013 World champion Raphael Holzdeppe. Also confirmed is 2011 World champion Pawel Wojciechowski from Poland and other top Germans Tobias Scherbarth with Florian Gaul. The event is held in Circus tent.

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