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One of the finest marathons in Europe, the TCS Amsterdam Marathon will be held this coming Sunday, October 17, 2021. This is a quick update on the elite fields on Sunday, courtesy of our friends at EME News.

NW_59924_lq.jpegCorinna Harrer, takes the German Championships, photo by Norbert Wilhelmi / GENERALI MUNICH MARATHON

The Generali Munich Marathon is the third German road race, with over 10,000 runners to happen in 2021, during the corona Pandemic. This release came from our friends, www.race-news-service.com.

Super bowl 10k .jpegThe Redondo Beach Super Bowl 10k and 5k are huge events in Southern California. This release is to alert you that registration is open. Enjoy the race on 12 Feb 2022!

For years, on the Friday before the VM London marathon, the colorful David Bedford, showcasing his wicked sense of humor, would say, with no humility, at the opening cocktail party, "Welcome to the finest marathon in the world." Now, Hugh Brasher, the VM London race director, smiles and notes the same, in non-pandemic years.

Here are my five deep thoughts on the wonderful 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon, held on 3 October 2021!

AW503043.jpg2021 Virgin London Marathon, photo by Virgin Money London Marathon

RNR San Diego 2021.jpgRNR San Diego 2021

The RNR San Diego is where it all began in 1998. At the Running Network, we have worked with the iconic series, through several owners, and several running booms and kind of running booms.

I recall being in San Diego in 2014 to watch a quite elite race with Dan Cruz, then PR guy (the best) and Matthew Turnbull (elite coordinator, again, quite good).

Last weekend, the RNR San Jose, the fastest half in California (or nearly, was held). Laura Thweatt won the women's elite in 1:10.25 and Matthew Baxter won the men's elite in 1:02.25.

The good thing is that, is that runners want to race. The key now is to give your runners the best event that you can!

Good luck to all running RNR San Diego!

Kenenisa Bekele is one of the finest distance runners of his generation. The man has gone 3:32 at 1,500m to 2:01.42 in the marathon. Kenenisa also set WR at 5000m and 10,000m. He also won nine World XC championships.

His move to the marathon was fraught with challenges. In his first marathon, which I attended in person, he ran a 2:05.14. For a while, Kenenisa Bekele did not respect the marathon. Then, in 2019, he came within two seconds, 2 SECONDS of the world record, 2:01.39, held by one Eliud Kipchoge.

Bekele_KenenisaBib-Berlin21.jpegKenenisa Bekele, 2021 BMW Berlin Marathon, photo by photorun.net for SCC Event

Can Kenenisa Bekele break the WR? I believe so, but the race is exacting, and the marathon takes no prisoners. He went out way too fast in Berlin, and at the end, Bethwel Yegon went by and he finished third, after having battled Guye Adole for much of the race.

This interview was done by Andy Edwards. Andy Edwards did this piece for his company, Trackwise. Andy did this interview with Kenenisa Bekele, post race, after Kenenisa ran 2:06.47 in third place.

Kenenisa Bekele is 39 years old. He is, closer to the end of his career than he is to the beginning, but the guy can run.

Remember, Kenenisa Bekele owned the World records at the 5,000m and 10,000m. His victory over Haile Gebreselassie in the 10,000m in Paris 2003 was a boxing match. It may have been the most brutal, all out, no punches held distance race in modern memory. Bekele wanted to beat Gebreselassie so bad he almost gave the race to Haile.

Bekele_KenenisaBib-Berlin21.jpegKenenisa Bekele, 2021 BMW Berlin Marathon, photo by photorun.net for SCC Events

His over enthusiastic finish took Haile down, and gave Bekele his first WC gold.

The marathon has been problematic for Kenenisa. He wants this world record bad. His 2:01:41 was only two seconds off. Can he get the WR of the marathon? Yes. But it has to all work right.

This interview was done by Andy Edwards, and it was done just before the 2021 BMW Berlin Marathon. Andy Edwards, who works for Trackwise and Race News Service, is a long time interviewer of elite athletes at major European events. We are fortunate to have Andy at London helping our sites, among other content development he manages.

The Fall 2021 marathon season began last weekend, with the Vienna City Marathon. The pandemic is not over, and as it continues, regionally and globally, sporting events will have to consider all kinds of situations. Here's a bit of the upcoming fall season, a season unique in marathon annals.

Portland was canceled just prior to the marathon by the sponsor due to outbreaks of COVID in Portland, Oregon and environs.

1975_MARfin_Rodgers,Bill.jpgThe Boston Marathon in 1975, Bill Rodgers (4x champ) en route to his first victory at Boston, photo courtesy of BAA.org.

The challenges of travel come to play in any season, pandemic, or non-pandemic years. We thought that this piece on the Vienna city Marathon champion might be of interest.

Special thanks to Race News Service, a global service that provides coverage of many of the finest marathons and road races in the world for their partners, such as RunBlogRun.

_6LH3508.JPGVibian Chepkirui, photo by VCM / Leo Hagen

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PHOTO: Nell Rojas winning the women's division of the 2021 USATF 10-Mile Championships at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, D.C. (photo by Mike Scott)
The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run has a tremendous history in road running. The best of the best have raced along the banks of the Potamac for decades. I recall running there in 1986 as the big guns, Greg Meyer and Jon Sinclair, among others, battled on their. It was always a build up for one of the big marathons.
This year, the women's race took the news, with Nell Rojas and Jenny Simpson. Special thanks to Race Results Weekly, which we use with permission.

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