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Sanya Richards of USA celebrates after winning the women's 400m at the Weltklasse Golden League athletics meeting in the new Letzigrund stadium in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Mark Matthews/Allsports/SPK)

108th NYRR Millrose Games tickets now on sale

New York – Tickets are now on sale for the 108th NYRR Millrose Games, taking place on Saturday, February 14th from 1:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory.

This year’s NYRR Millrose Games promises to be one of the best ever and will feature athletes like the “fast and fashionable” Sanya Richards-Ross, who will look to break her own Armory track record of 50.89 in the 400m.

Ashton Eaton, the decathlon and indoor pentathlon world record holder, as well as Olympic high jump medalist Derek Drouin will also bring excitement to the New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory along with many more of the sport’s most decorated athletes.

This marks the fourth NYRR Millrose Games at The Armory and will include the country’s premier professional, college and high school track & field athletes competing on one stage. Dr. Norb Sander, Executive Director of The Armory Foundation, predicts “both the men’s and women’s NYRR Wanamaker Mile will be the most dramatic in indoor history.”

Make sure you reserve your spot to this historic event. Fans can visit http://Tickets.NYRRMillroseGames.org to purchase tickets. Doors open at 12:30pm. Further questions can be answered by calling The Armory at (212) 923-1803 ext. 7200. About the NYRR Millrose Games Since its inception in 1908 at a local armory, the NYRR Millrose Games has been one of track and field’s most prestigious annual events.

A New York City sports staple, the meet moved to the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in Washington Heights in 2012 after having called the Madison Square Garden home from 1914 to 2011. The Games – established by employees of Wanamaker’s Department Store – annually feature track & field’s most prolific male and female stars as well as collegiate and high school competitors. More than 200 athletes share the distinction of being both Millrose and Olympic Champions. For more: Please visit www.NYRRMillroseGames.com

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Rupp, Cain, and Centrowitz headline new Armory Track Invitational

Photo by Victah Sailer / PhotoRun

NEW YORK, NY – The Armory Foundation announces an exciting addition to the 2015 indoor track and field season: the Armory Track Invitational on January 31, 2015 at the New Balance Track and Field Center.

The Armory Track Invitational, a new event featuring some of the country’s best professional, collegiate and high school athletes, will replace the former Collegiate Invitational.

The Invitational will be televised nationally and feature a major trip to the Armory for the Nike Oregon Project, coached by Alberto Salazar, Galen Rupp in the Men’s 2 mile, Mary Cain and Jordan Hasay in the Women’s 2 mile and Matthew Centrowitz on a leg of the international distance medley, all three events will be attempts on world records. (World Junior Record in the Women’s 2 Mile for Cain.) The meet will be broadcast during a two-hour window on Saturday, January 31, with final details to be announced in coming weeks.

“The new Armory track makes it as fast as any track indoors and we’re pointing for our Nike Oregon Project athletes to race their best at the Armory Track Invitational and NYRR Millrose Games in 2015,” said Salazar.

The Armory Track Invitational will also feature global track and field stars like Chauntee Lowe in the high jump, Will Claye in the triple jump and a much anticipated DMR with teams from USA, Kenya, Ireland, Brooks Beasts, New Jersey-New York TC and college teams from Columbia, Wisconsin, and Mississippi.

“We have been working on making this event one of the highlights of the upcoming indoor season and want to give our best athletes an opportunity to kick off the year at the highest level,” said Dr. Sander, President of the Armory Foundation.

The Armory Track Invitational will be an early indication of the season to come, continuing at the Armory with the 108th NYRR Millrose Games on February 14, 2015.

More than 40 collegiate teams and hundreds of high school competitors will compete on Friday (January 30) and Saturday (January 31), culminating in Saturday’s two-hour TV window 4:30-6:30pm.

Colleges participating will be: Albany, Arizona, Army, Brigham Young, Bethune-Cookman, Cal State Northridge, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Claflin, Clemson, Columbia, Coppin State, Delaware, Duke, Hampton, Lehigh, Loyola (Md.), Maryland, McGill, Millersville, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, Monroe, North Carolina AT&T, Ottawa, Penn, Princeton, Ramapo, Rutgers, San Diego State, San Jose State, Savannah State, Sherbrooke, South Carolina, St. Thomas Aquinas, Syracuse, Tiffin, UDC, UMES, USTA, Wisconsin.

About The Armory Foundation

The Armory is a New York City non-profit institution, with the mission of “Keeping Kids on Track.” Each season the Armory — the proud home of the NYRR Millrose Games — hosts more than 100 track & field meets and welcomes more than 125,000 athlete visits. Besides its many youth sports and educational programs, The Armory runs the Armory Track Invitational, Hispanic Games, the New Balance Games, and the New Balance Nationals Indoors. The Armory is also the home to the National Track & Field Hall of Fame. For more: Please visit ArmoryTrack.com.

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World Record Holder Dennis Kimetto: Photo by www.photorun.net

Dennis Kimetto promises to dominate for a long time

World Record Holder Dennis Kimetto warns rivals to expect another decade of his marathon virtuosity.

Barely eight hours after he had taken the marathon into a new territory with his 2:02:57 to win the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday, Dennis lounged back in his chair after his evening meal and before the post-race party, reflecting on how far he had come and the road ahead.

The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is an IAAF Gold Label race and part of the World Marathon Majors Series.

The bad news for his rivals is that the man who first burst on the international scene in 2012 is confident that, at the age of 30, he can have at least another five years at the top level. Then he thought again.

“Actually, I think I could still be a very good runner ten years from now, at 40,”said Kimetto, a quiet smile indicating this was no joke.

Sitting alongside his friend and fellow runner Wilfred Kigen, Kimetto had time to reveal more of himself.

What appears at first and, especially to non-Swahili speakers, as the epitome of shyness, is a man with inner steel, a determination fired by both the memory of seeing the great duels of Paul Tergat versus Haile Gebrselassie on television and of a childhood where money was scarce.

“We didn’t have television or radio at home, so at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney I went to the community centre in the village and watched. The memory of Haile versus Tergat in the 10,000m inspired me. I thought, perhaps I could run at that level?” wondered the new world record holder in the marathon.

The journey has not been easy, even by the standards of a boy growing up in a family of four brothers and three sisters and parents who were subsistence farmers near Kapngetuny.

For much of his childhood, Dennis had to work on the small landholding rather than attend school. However, when he decided in 2008 to devote time to running, his parents gave him their full support.

“My father said, train as well as you can and go for it, you can change your life”, said Kimetto, looking back on six years which have transformed not only his life but that of his family, thanks to his earnings from running.

Destiny played a hand. Training near his home one day, he met what had become a familiar sight to young Kimetto: the group led by Geoffrey Mutai whose camp was nearby. Mutai invited him to join their run that day, liked the look of his stride and said, why not join us full time?

The move paid off as Kimetto won eleven domestic races in 2010, including the Nairobi Half Marathon, clocking 61:30 but at altitude which made the performance worth a significantly faster time.

Yet the distance running world wasn’t prepared for what happened at the prestigious Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in the United Arab Emirates in February 2012.

“I stood on the start line and looked around. I felt scared, seeing runners like Wilson Kipsang alongside me. Nobody knew who I was,” said Kimetto, who went on to astound athletics cognoscenti by beating the illustrious field in 60:40.

He broke the hour for the first time in his next race at the distance with 59:14 in Berlin just six weeks after Ras Al Khaimah.

A world record over the rarely run distance of 25km followed five weeks later in what was fast becoming a home from home: Berlin.

His marathon debut was sensational, finishing barely a stride behind Geoffrey Mutai in what still is a world record marathon debut of 2:04:16 in Berlin in 2012.

With every race he seemed to become yet more formidable. In his Chicago debut last October he broke the course record with 2:03:45, having won Tokyo earlier in 2013 with another course best.

The first glitch came when he dropped out of Boston this April with a hamstring injury but Kimetto proved a quick healer.

“When I asked his physio back in Kenya how well Dennis had recovered from his injury shortly before Berlin, he said: “Number one. Dennis will be number one, no problem”, said his Dutch manager Gerard van de Veen.

Having become the first man in history to break 2:03 for the marathon and improve Wilson Kipsang’s time by 26 seconds, Kimetto can relax and contemplate the future.

Naturally enough, his opinion whether a sub 2 hour marathon would ever be possible is much in demand.

Allowing for the effects of post-race jubilation and his current level of English, it would be wrong to interpret a nod of the head or a smile as a definite answer either way.

But after Dennis Kimetto’s achievements in an international running career of barely three years, who knows where his limits may be?

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Dennis Kimetto Breaks Marathon World Record In Berlin

Photo Credit: www.photorun.net

A new chapter in the marathon was opened with a magnificent flourish by Dennis Kimetto in Berlin on Sunday (September 28). In only his fifth race at the distance, the Kenyan smashed the 2:03 barrier a year after his compatriot Wilson Kipsang had brought the world record down to 2:03:23 on the same course.

Kimetto’s is the tenth world record on a course which makes full use of Berlin’s flat terrain and gentle corners. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is an IAAF Gold Label race and part of the World Marathon Majors Series.

Emmanuel Mutai finished second in 2:03:13, ten seconds inside the old record while Ethiopia’s Abera Kuma broke through to the marathon elite with third place in a personal best of 2:05:56.

Ethiopia’s Tirfi Tsegaye fulfilled her ambition of ascending to the top place on the podium as the 2012 Berlin runner-up took just over a minute off her personal best to win in 2:20:18, the fastest time in the world this year and nine seconds ahead of her training partner Feyse Tadese. Shalane Flanagan attacked early in the race and led through halfway, on course to break the American record, but faded to finish third in what was nonetheless her fastest ever time of 2:21:14.

Every leading finisher agreed that conditions could hardly have been better for the starting gun to set just over 40,000 on their way from the Avenue of June 17 at 8.45 am. Temperatures rose to around 15 Celsius while the elite were racing on a still and piercingly bright morning.

Men’s Race:

First of the favourites to drop off the pace was Tsegaye Kebede, the current leader in the World Marathon Majors Series. The diminutive Ethiopian was off the pace before 20km. A group of five avowed racers, led by a trio of pacemakers, went through halfway in 61:45, on target for an attack on Wilson Kipsang’s world record of 2:03:23.

The pace had slowed to some 15 seconds outside world record pace but memories were still fresh of how Wilson Kipsang had produced an extraordinary late surge 12 months ago. Dennis Kimetto and Emmanuel Mutai showed they could match that and more, with this year’s World Half Marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor keeping them company as the leaders went past Am Wilden Eber, at 28 km, a section of the course where the massed spectators can be guaranteed to boost the adrenaline.

The clock showed 1:36:01 for 33km, right on world record schedule and even better was to follow. Kamworor had to yield to the torrid pace as Kimetto and Mutai ran 2:47 for the next kilometre. The 35km mark is so often critical in the marathon and this race proved no exception. The duo went through in 1:42:36, predicting a sub-2:03 finishing time by a margin of over 30 seconds.

Dennis Kimetto surged with just over 1:50 on the clock, Mutai could offer no response and the Wilson Kipsang’s world mark had a little over ten minutes left in the record books.

Although Kimetto showed signs of strain as he turned through the Brandenburg Gate and strode for the finishing line, he achieved the dream, taking 26 seconds off the world record. This was after having to drop out of the Boston Marathon in April because of a hamstring injury.

“I felt confident of breaking the world record today. During the race I felt good and believe I can improve it further. I’d like to return and try to break it again next year,” reflected Dennis Kimetto, who retained his relaxed composure as the hubbub erupted around him.

Emmanuel Mutai sliced 39 seconds off his best and was also inside the old world mark.

“I’m still happy with my performance. Dennis was just too strong for me after 30km today but I believe I could also break this new world record,” commentated Mutai.

Mutai had the consolation of at least breaking one world record today: he went through 30km in 1:27:37, improving by one second on Patrick Makau’s time in 2011 en route to his world record.

Abera Kuma proved a revelation in finishing third, achieving a massive personal best by almost four minutes. The Ethiopian has distinguished himself on the track, including 5th place in the 10,000m at the 2013 World Championships.

Women’s Race:

For much of the women’s race it seemed as if Shalane Flanagan’s aggressive running would be rewarded by breaking Deena Kastor’s American record of 2:19:36 as well as capturing the Berlin title. She went through halfway in 69:38.

The Ethiopian trio of Tirfi Tsegaye, runner-up in Berlin two years ago, her training partner Feyse Tadese and Abebech Afewok, were 18 seconds adrift. But Tsegaye in particular had made a point before the race of saying she would run at her own pace and see if Flanagan would come back to them. The race ran to that script.

Just before 30km, Flanagan lost the lead as first Tsegaye and then Feyse overhauled the American. Flanagan’s hopes of the American record faded, as did her prospect of becoming the 19th women to break 2:20 in marathon history.

Tirfi Tsegaye went clear to improve her personal best by one minute, one second, setting the fastest time in the world this year with 2:20:18. Feyse Tadese also ran her fastest ever marathon and Shalane Flanagan at least had the consolation of becoming the second fastest US runner ever, having improved her best by four minutes this year with races in Boston and Berlin.

“I have to take stock, assess the race splits and reflect on how I can improve, whether it’s a question of training harder or becoming mentally stronger. I think I need to be stronger over the last 2km, I certainly learned that today,” reflected Shalane Flanagan.

While hopes for a North American record did not materialise there was a South American record in Berlin: Peru’s Ines Melchor clocked 2:26:48 in 8th place. She improved her own mark of 2:28:54 set in the 2012 Olympic Marathon in London.

Leading Men’s Results:
1. Dennis Kimetto KEN 2:02:57 (World Record)
2. Emmanuel Mutai KEN 2:03:13
3. Abera Kuma ETH 2:05:56
4. Geoffrey Kamworor KEN 2:06:39
5. Eliud Kiptanui KEN 2:07:28
6. Frankline Chepkwony KEN 2:07:35
7. Levy Matebo KEN 2:08:33
8. Maswai Kiptanui KEN 2:10:18
9. Tsegaye Kebede ETH 2:10:27
10. Kazuki Tomaru JPN 2:11:25

Leading Women’s Results:
1. Tirfi Tsegaye ETH 2:20:18
2. Feyse Tadese ETH 2:20:27
3. Shalane Flanagan USA 2:21:14
4. Tadelech Bekele ETH 2:23:02
5. Abebech Afework ETH 2:25:02
6. Kayoko Fukushi JPN 2:26:25
7. Anna Hahner GER 2:26:44
8. Ines Melchor PER 2:26:48
9. Rene Kalmer RSA 2:29:27

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Mekonnen, Feleke chase rare Ethiopian win in BMW Frankfurt Marathon

Kenyan runners have dominated the men’s race of the BMW Frankfurt Marathon for more than a decade. The past twelve champions of Germany’s oldest city marathon have all come from Kenya.

However this win streak will be tested to the limits and it could well be the Ethiopians who finally make the headlines again this autumn. 30 years ago Frankfurt’s sole Ethiopian male winner in the history of the race, Dereje Nedi, ran a course record of 2:11:18.

Back in 1984 this was a first-class performance and a record that stood for 13 years. Organisers today announced that two highly regarded Ethiopians will compete in the BMW Frankfurt Marathon on 26th October: Tsegaye Mekonnen and Getu Feleke. The women’s race will also feature a world-class runner from this country, Aberu Kebede.

Around 15,000 runners are expected to take part in the BMW Frankfurt Marathon with online race entry still available. The 33rd edition of the event is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

It was Tsegaye Mekonnen who stunned the world of road running early in the year, when he smashed the unofficial world junior record in his debut at the distance. Winning the highly competitive Dubai Marathon in January with a time of 2:04:32 he became the eleventh fastest marathon runner ever at the age of just 18.

The way he ran away from top-class contenders in the final stages of the race suggests that there is much more to come from Tsegaye Mekonnen.

“I could have run faster, but all of us in the leading group lost some energy during the first part of the race. This was because the pace changed so often. It seemed that the pacemaker was doing some kind of fartlek,” said Tsegaye Mekonnen who turned 19 in the meantime.

With a more even pace expected in Frankfurt he hopes to break the Ethiopian record of 2:03:59. The current national record holder is superstar Haile Gebrselassie, who Mekonnen describes as his idol.

With a sub 2:04 time targeted the course record of Wilson Kipsang, who ran 2:03:42 in 2011, would be within reach. The Kenyan is also the world record holder with 2:03:23 and the current world leader with 2:04:29 – just three seconds faster than Mekonnen’s time from Dubai.

Such fast times would not deter Getu Feleke. Coming back from health problems which stopped him for almost a year in 2013 he clocked an amazing course record of 2:05:41 in the Vienna City Marathon this April despite some stomach problems.

With this time the 27 year-old is the seventh fastest marathon runner in the world this year. Feleke’s PB stands at 2:04:50. But he hopes for much faster times.

“My dream is to break the world record. I train very hard for this,” said Feleke after his Vienna victory, where he smashed the course record by more than a minute.

Aberu Kebede will be among the favourites when she comes to Frankfurt. There was much more Ethiopian success in the women’s race in the past few years.

In 2012 Meselech Melkamu established the present course record of the BMW Frankfurt Marathon with 2:21:01. The aim is now to push that mark to below 2:20. Kebede has already come very close to that barrier of women’s marathon running.

Just 24 years old she is a two time Berlin Marathon champion and also won major marathons in Rotterdam and Tokyo. Kebede ran her personal best of 2:20:30 in Berlin in 2012 and clocked sub 2:25 times on eight occasions.

Information and online entry is available at: www.bmw-frankfurt-marathon.com. Note: Tsegaye Mekonnen winning the Dubai Marathon in January Photo by: www.photorun.net

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