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Fast 5K logo.jpgLast winter, Steve Cram, yes that Steve Cram, decided to see how he could put together a late season 5k. Steve's partner, Allison Curbishley, sent me this release just when I was getting ready to cover the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon.

We will cover the event this evening.

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Since the 1980s, if you wanted to go fast in Northern California , you went to the California International Marathon. Since then, the number of elite athletes who have made the Olympic Trials standards at CIM is mind boggling!

This is a great idea! Congrats to the team that came up with this idea! Giving athletes in North America a chance at an elite marathon in 2020.

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The Valencia Marathon cancelled its mass event to be held in December. Today, the Valencia Marathon announced that it would hold an elite event only, on December 6, 2020. The distance? A half marathon with elite athletes only. Details to come....

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unnamed-3.jpgPeres Jepchirchir sets women's only race world record at the half marathon on Saturday, September 5, 2020. The team at RunCzech put together #Ready for the Restart Prague 21.1 km, in less than 4 weeks. The result was a women's world record and deep half marathon times! Nice to see RunCzech host this event!

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valencia 001.jpgThe Valencia Marathon has been cancelled. Like thousands of global events, Valencia's team has come to the same conclusion: mass events have to wait a while, due to the pandemic. The Valencia Marathon will be back, and we hope to be there!

pj-2.jpgPeres Jepchirchir, photo by RunCzech

Peres Jepchirchir set a new half marathon world record on 4 September, with an excellent 65:34. The RunCzech team had put together an elite only field, with 20 men and nine women in Prague. The course, modified due to the pandemic, was a multi lap course, keeping the chances of contamination to a minimum.

image003.jpgThe thrill of a world record, Sifan Hassan, photo by Global sports communications

The hour is quite tough. Keeping on a pace, as long as one can, and then, with one minute to go, the gun goes off, and the athlete has one minute to go! This was a tough one, as Brigid Kosgei battled Sifan Hassan until 20 seconds to go. Sad to see that Brigid Kosgei was DQed post event due to stepping on the curb.

The team at RunCzech will host a half marathon on 5 September. It will feature 29 elite athletes, and they will be racing on the small loop course, which could lead to a quick half marathon.

The team at RunCzech is attempting to build an exciting event within the confines of the pandemic. That is the juggling situation that event organizers in 2020 see themselves dealing with.

At RunCzech, the team gets their photos, results and race info to media with precision!

Looking to see the event this weekend!

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hochzwei_486660-1024x683.jpgHASPA Marathon, photo by Hoch Zwei / Haspa Marathon Hamburg

Well, this was not a surprise. And, yes, the HASPA Hamburg Marathon did the right thing. The Covid-19 pandemic is challenging all the major events. This came out same day as 2020 Marine Corps Marathon was canceled.

Stay safe. Isolate.

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