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World Marathon Majors Light Up the Fall

September 19th, 2014
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Shalane Flanagan looks to add the marathon to her portfolio of American records in Berlin (photo: Runner's World)

Within the next few months, new history will surely be written in the marathon event. Three of the world’s biggest cities are going see their roads taken over by some of the world’s best athletes along with thousands of other runners as the World Marathon Majors 2014 season resumes. Perhaps some of you will be joining the crowd in Berlin, Chicago, or New York?

The BMW Berlin Marathon, scheduled for September 28th, is home of the past five world records at the distance. Last year, Wilson Kipsang covered the course through the German capital in an astounding 2:03:23, breaking his countryman Patrick Makau’s world record by 15 seconds and cementing his name at the top of the legendary distance. With Kipsang racing in New York this year, the men’s champion is sure to see a new face at the top of the podium in Berlin. That face could belong to Dennis Kimetto, the favorite who boasts the strongest personal best in the field with his 2:03:45 victory from the Chicago Marathon last year. Kimetto faces stiff competition from the likes of former Marathon Major winners Emmanuel Mutai and Tsegaye Kebede as well as the World Half Marathon Champion Geoffrey Kamworor Kipsang. With the pace always set to break the world record, this men’s race in Berlin is sure to be fast and furious.

The women’s race in Berlin does not have as many former major champions as the men’s but is particularly interesting to Americans with Shalane Flanagan taking her first attempt at a flat fast course in a non-championship race. She will surely be targeting Deena Kastor’s American Record of 2:19:36 along with her first World Marathon Major victory. She will not be alone on the German roads though as Paris Marathon champion, Feyse Tadese, and last year’s Berlin runner-up Tirfi Tsegaye will be looking for the win as well.

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Payton Jordan Invitational

May 7th, 2010

For the past 10+ years, my wife and I have attended the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford University the first weekend in May.  Over the years we have witnessed some outstanding performances.  Race such as Meb and Denna setting American Records in the 10k and Shalane Flanagan setting the AR in the women’s 5,000.  Additional highlights include Bob Kennedy’s 27:36 and Alan Webb’s 10k debut win, this on top of the great 1500′s, steeples and 5,000 that happen every year.  Even though this meet has some excellent distance events, the highlight of the evening are usually the 10,000′s.

Joe Rubio, Joe Vigil, Steve Boaz and Mando Siqueiros following the New Mens 10,000 AR at the 2010 Payton Jordan Invitational

Joe Rubio, Joe Vigil, Steve Boaz and Armando Siqueiros following the New American Record in the Men's 10,000 at the 2010 Payton Jordan Invitational

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