Races — Ethiopians Sweep Carlsbad 5000

running-advice-bugCARLSBAD, Calif. –– A confident Dejen Gebremeskel and a wispy Aheza Kiros gave Ethiopia a sweep of the men’s and women’s invitational races on the 26th annual Carlsbad 5000 on Sunday morning. Both events produced dramatic finishes.

Dejene Gebremeskel Wins 2011 Carlsbad 5000

Gebremeskel, last year’s runner-up, sat behind defending champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya for most of the 3.1-mile race before spurting ahead in the final 100 meters and finishing in 13 minutes, 11 seconds. The time matched Kipchoge’s winning performance of 2010 and equaled the fourth-fastest clocking in history.

By winning, Gebremeskel spoiled Kipchoge’s bid to break the world record of 13:00, established by Sammy Kipketer in 2000 and tied by him a year later. Kipchoge had said prior to the race that he thought he had a good chance of taking down the record. However, he was sidetracked by pacesetter Haron Lagat. Lagat was supposed to take the leaders through the first two miles, but only managed to hang on for just over a mile.

By dropping out, Lagat left Kipchoge to assume the lead. That led to some gamesmanship between Kipchoge and Gebremeskel. Shortly past two miles, Kipchoge signaled to Gebremeskel to take over the lead. The Ethiopian refused, continuing to run just behind Kipchoge. Then when Gebremeskel was only a few steps from the end, he pointed to the finish line, indicating that he was the winner.

“I knew I would win,” the 21-year-old Gebremeskel said. About his finger-pointing, he said, “I got to the finish line first. I pointed because I was happy that I won.”
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Races — Kipchoge Eyes 5K World Mark in Carlsbad

running-advice-bugCARLSBAD, Calif. –– Eliud Kipchoge, the 2010 Carlsbad 5000 champion, is returning for Sunday’s race, not only seeking another victory but also a world record. Kipchoge, the 26-year-old Kenyan, has every reason to be optimistic.

Eliuid Kipchoge Wins Carlsbad 5000 2010

“He was very disappointed he didn’t do it last year,” said Matt Turnbull, Elite Athlete Coordinator. “He was in good shape, but it was very windy at the start. Now, he knows what the course is all about. He’s been training hard for it.”

The weather forecast for Sunday calls for ideal running conditions with the temperature in the low to mid-60s and a little cloud cover.

“He’s in better shape this year,” Turnbull added. “If we don’t get the winds coming off the Pacific, it could be worth 8-10 seconds to him this time.”

Last year, Kipchoge won in 13:11, making his move after two miles and finishing seven seconds ahead of the field. Kipchoge’s tireless training already has paid off this year; he has set personal bests for 3000 and 5000 meters indoors.
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Racing – Kisorio and Defar Win Rock N Roll Philadelphia Half

Philadelphia, PA –- Twenty-one year-old Kenyan Matthew Kisorio and Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar wrote themselves into the record books with superb runs of 60:15 and 1:07:44 at the ING Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon on Sunday morning.

In her half-marathon debut, Defar smashed the U.S. all-comers record, running the fastest time ever run by a woman on American soil for the distance. Her time bested Berhane Adere’s previous of mark 1:07:52 set earlier this year at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Marathon and Half Marathon.

“My feeling is good with my first half marathon,” Defar said after the race. “I won it. This is very big for me. I had the speed and knew that with the last 2K, I could push and win it.”

Kenya’s Lineth Chepkirui finished two seconds back in 1:07:46, followed by Ethiopian Werknesh Kidane in 1:08:30. American Shalane Flanagan finished 4th with a time of 1:08:36, one minute and two seconds off Deena Kastor’s American Record.
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Video – Interview – Elite Runner Samia Akbar (Episode 3-1)

running-advice-bugIt’s the kickoff of Season 3 and here in Episode 1 we sit down with our first and greatest guest of all time: Samia Akbar, elite American distance runner. She would go on to run 2:47:28 at the Rock N Roll Marathon in San Diego the day after we taped this interview.

On this episode we talk with Samia about:
– What’s its like to train as an elite runner?
– How much do elite runners run each week?
– What types of preparation go into elite distance training?
– How long does it take to achieve success at the marathon?

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Racing — Kipchoge, Defar Win 2010 Carlsbad 5000

running-advice-bugCARLSBAD, Calif. – World Record Holder Meseret Defar of Ethiopia became the first three-time women’s champion of the Carlsbad 5000, presented by Nuvasive, Sunday afternoon, winning the women’s elite invitational in a time of 15 minutes, 4 seconds over the 3.1 mile course. In the men’s race, Kenya’s Eluid Kipchoge crossed the finish line in 13:11, fourth fastest time ever run over the 25 year history of the internationally renowned road race.

Defar Meseret wins 2010 Carlsbad 5000

Kipchoge, 25, a two-time Olympic medalist over 5,000m, came to Carlsbad with a world record on his mind, and gave a record-worthy performance under overcast, but breezy conditions. He led the lead pack through the first mile in 4:10, pushing the Ethiopian trio of Dejen Gebremeskel, Bekana Daba and Markos Geneti. The group of four continued together, battling a coastal headwind, reaching the two-mile mark in 8:25, when Kipchoge made his move to victory.

“This is a fantastic course and a fantastic crowd. I felt ready to run a 12:58,” said Kipchoge, after running his debut 5k road race and becoming the third fastest individual all-time. “The wind was too much and unfortunately I didn’t get it, but it’s not the last time, I will have to try again next year.”

Second place went to Gebremeskel in 13:18, with the defending champion Daba finishing six seconds back in 13:24. The top American was Joe Gray of Lakewood, WA, who took 10th in 14:37.
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Racing — Elite Field Heads to Carlsbad for Carlsbad 5000

running-advice-bugCARLSBAD, Calif. -– Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, one of the world’s most decorated 5000-meter runners, will headline the elite international field at the 2010 Carlsbad 5000, the 25th running of the event. Winner of both a bronze (2004) and silver (2008) Olympic medal, Kipchoge will chase after what is, arguably, the most impressive record in all of road racing, Sammy Kipketer’s 13:00 road 5K mark set in Carlsbad in 2000 and tied the following year.

“Nobody has come close to Sammy’s mark since 2001,” recalls running historian Toni Reavis, 20-year broadcaster of the race. “That record has taken on a Beamon-esque stature in the ensuing years, especially Sammy’s first miles in under 4:00!”

Since its inception in 1986, no other road race in the world has set as many world records as the Carlsbad 5000. To date 16 world records have fallen at the T-shaped seaside course, and the race renowned for fast runners once again welcomes a stellar field on Sunday, April 11.
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Video — Haile Gebrselassie gives marathon running advice

It isn’t every day that marathon world record holder Haile Gebrselassie gives marathon running advice to the rest of the mere mortal runners of the world. In this interview Haile talks about running through the pain at 35KM and how hard a marathon really is.

With the London Marathon just a couple of weeks away, the reporter also asks about his plans to run the London Marathon. Definitely, says Haile, for the 2012 Olympics . . . and maybe before. He says he’d like to add a win of the London Marathon to his resume.

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Races — Women’s Field to start first in Nashville at Country Music Marathon

Nashville, TN –– Following a trend that some of the world’s top marathons are now following, the women’s professional field will start approximately 15 minutes ahead of the men on Saturday, April 25 at the Country Music Marathon. According to race organizers, “for the first time in its 10 year history, the 2009 race will match the elite women against the elite men in a special ‘Battle of the Sexes’ format” that will award the first runner to cross the finish line a bonus of $10,000.

“The gender challenge is a unique twist we implemented for the 10th anniversary of the event,” said Adam Zocks , General Manager. “Ideally, with the lead male runner closing on the lead female runner, it adds a special touch and provides extra entertainment at the end of the elite race for the thousands of spectators who come out to watch. I’m certain everyone will want to see the race to the finish line.”

The men’s field is lead by Joseph Chirlee, 27, who currently resides in Georgia , but is originally from Eldoret in Kenya . Chirlee, owner of a top-5 finish at the 2007 New York City Half Marathon, is better known on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series for his unfortunate fall mere steps before the finish line in 2007 at San Diego . The incident cost Chirlee third place, but he picked himself up and staggered home for finish in fourth overall with a time of 2:12:10. The same year he also won the Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville , Ala.

Alirio Carasco of Colombia has made two Colombian Olympic teams off the strength of his Country Music performances – 4th in 2000 and 3rd in 2004 – and owns a PR of 2:12:09 set at the Chicago Marathon in 2003. Abebe Yimer, two-time winner of the Las Vegas Marathon, and Amos Matui, PR of 2:12:14 set in Brussels in 2004, round out the favorites on the men’s side.
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Races — Bekana and Kiros win Sprint Finishes at Carlsbad 5000

Daba Bekana wins Carlsbad 5000CARLSBAD, CA – On a day featuring warm temperatures, blue skies and a slight breeze, Daba Bekana won the 2009 Carlsbad 5000 on Sunday as Ethiopian men finished 1-2-3 in the 5k road race. Aheza Kiros, of Ethiopia, won the women’s race, edging out U.S. Olympian Shannon Rowbury. American Anthony Famigletti grazed the American Record for the 5,000, missing it by just 3 seconds.

Bekana made his move with 300 meters remaining in the race, outsprinting his countryman Abreham Cherkos. Bekana and Cherkos were given the same time in 13:19 as they pl,aced 1 and 2 in the elite field. Defending champion Margue Zewendi finished in 13:24 to complete the Ethiopian sweep. Cherkos competed in last year’s Olympic Games in Beijing, finishing fifth in the 5,000m.

“The race was good today and I’m happy I won,” said Bekana. “This is my first 5k road race, I was just trying to compete and stay with the leaders.”

American Anthony Famigletti just missed Marc Davis’ 13-year-old American record, finishing in sixth place overall in a time of 13:28.

“It was just too little too late over the last 600 meters,” said Famigletti, competing for the first time in Carlsbad. “This is a fun place to race and the aggressive world class field was one of a kind. Now that I know the course I’ll have a better shot at the record next year. It was a good experience overall and a good start to the outdoor track season.”
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Races — Ethiopia’s Zewdie Returns to Carlsbad 5000

c-bad_logoCARLSBAD, CA — The Carlsbad 5000, home of the current 5k World Records, has announced the professional field for the elite invitational on Sunday, April 5. Defending men’s champion Maregu Zewdie of Ethiopia will attempt to win back-to-back titles after a thrilling finish in last year’s race, in which only two seconds separated the top five finishing times. Zewdie, owner of two team Gold Medals from the World Cross Country Championships, will be challenged by a group of American runners led by Californian Scott Bauhs.

Bauhs, a two-time National Champion and a participant in last summer’s U.S. Olympic Trials, won his pro racing debut at the Synaptics Elite Athlete 5-K in San Jose with an unofficial time of 13:37, the fastest for an American on the roads last year. He also finished sixth at the 2007 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose half-marathon in 1:03:04, the top U.S. finisher in the race by over a minute.

“To say I’m fired up about running Carlsbad would be an understatement,” said Bauhs, who will wear an Adidas uniform for the first time at Carlsbad. “My training partners will tell you that I won’t quit talking about the event and I got even more excited when I found out who was running. Between the blazing fast Ethiopians, ‘Fam’ (Anthony Famiglietti) and the Aussies, it is going to be a great race and a perfect way to start the season.”

The men’s field features two Carlsbad champions including 2006 winner Abreham Cherkos of Ethiopia. Cherkos, the former world junior champion over 3000m, finished 5th in the Olympic 5000m final at Beijing last summer and owns a PR of 12:54 for the distance. Fellow Ethiopian Ali Abdosh comes to Carlsbad with PR of 13:01:44 and a successful 2008 season, including a 5000m victory at the Adidas Track Classic. Also expected to contend for the title is Shedrack Korir of Kenya, the 2007 world championship 1500m bronze medalist in Osaka. He has a PR of 13:09 over 5000m and was the 2006 Kenyan national 1500m champion.
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