Monday, November 26, 2007

Nicole Aish 6th at Manchester

Nicole Aish finished 9th at the 2007 Tufts 10KNicole Aish finished 6th at the 71st running of the Manchester Road Race in Manchester, Connecticut. Her time of 25:38 was ten seconds shy of fifth-place finisher Kassi Anderson. Amy (Yoder) Begley won the race in 24:39. She was followed by Mary Cullen, Megan Metcalf, and Molly Huddle. Andrew Letherby won the men’s race in 21:54, just one second up on Martin Fagan. Nicole’s husband, Mike, finished 9th. Amby Burfoot, Connecticut native and friend of KIMbia, ran his 45th Manchester Road Race (that’s not a typo), finishing first in the 60-69 age group.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Twitter Updates for 2007-11-13

  • KButler is off to Tokyo for next weekend’s marathon. Best of luck Kathy! #
  • A blast from Tegenkamp’s past – 2000 Footlocker Final: #
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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Twitter Updates for 2007-11-06

  • Baba is on his way back to Meru, Kenya. Finally, some relaxation! #
  • KButler is training for the Tokyo Women’s Marathon (November 18th); Cheboiboch and Koskei for Honolulu (December 9th). Good luck! #
  • From all of us at KIMbia Athletics: Our hearts and prayers go out to Ryan Shay’s family and friends. A tragic loss for the running world. #
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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Dryer Top American, Baba 7th at NYC Marathon

Elva Dryer at the 2007 ING NYC Marathon (photo by Victah Sailer)You just never know with the marathon. There are so many variables that can affect performance – the weather, a cramp, missing a water bottle. After this weekend we can add a new one to the list – running alone for 25 miles. That’s exactly what Elva Dryer did on Sunday at the ING NYC Marathon. The elite women started 30 minutes before the rest of the field, and when the gun sounded, Paula Radcliffe ran. The elite women’s field was very top-heavy this year, with a half-dozen heavy-hitters, but not much depth beyond that. When Paula set off at 2:20 pace pace from the start, Elva did the smart thing to hang back and run her pace. Unfortunately, she was the only one running that pace on Sunday. At the mile mark she was running alone, and continued to do so for the remaining 25.2 miles. It’s not an easy way to run a race, and certainly isn’t ideal for running fast. “Elva isn’t a great time-trialer,” her husband told me after the race. “She’s a competitor. Her strength is getting in a race and competing.”

Despite these less-than-perfect conditions, Elva still Baba at the 2007 ING NYC Marathon (photo by Victah Sailer)finished in 6th place and was the top American finisher. She had hoped to run sub-2:30 (she ran 2:35), but the race will give her the confidence she needs going into the US Olympic Marathon Trials next April in Boston.

On the men’s side, Baba ran a strong race through 30 kilometers, but wasn’t able to respond to and recover from all of the surges that dictated the last few miles of Sunday’s race. Martin Lel was. “I just didn’t feel strong after halfway. My legs would not go with those guys,” Baba said after the race. He was disappointed with his 7th place finish, but the following morning he was already talking about the next race. After a few weeks of rest on his farm in Meru, Kenya, Baba will start the process all over again, with his sights set on…Boston?

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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Jason Hartmann 10th at US Olympic Marathon Trials

Jason Hartmann finished 10th at the US Olympic Trials Marathon (Photo by Victah Sailer)Jason Hartmann ran a smart race on a historic day in Central Park. With the top three athletes punching their tickets to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Jason consistently worked his way up through the pack to finish in 10th place with a time of 2:15:27, a great time considering the difficulty of this course. After the race, Jason was all smiles. “I’m happy. This was a big step forward for me. It gives me something to work with for the future.”

Ryan Hall ran away from the entire field to win in a Trials record time of 2:09:02. Dathan Ritzenhein finished 2nd in 2:11:07, with Brian Sell 33 seconds behind in 2:11:40. Those three athletes have secured the first spots on Team USA at the 2008 Olympic Games. However, Dathan Ritzenhein has said that his first choice will be the 10,000m if he qualifies for the US team next June in Eugene, Oregon. That would put 4th-place finishr Khalid Kannouchi on the starting line in Beijing.

Check back tomorrow for results from the main ING NYC Marathon where Elva Dryer and Stephen “Baba” Kiogora will be competing. Baba finished 2nd here last year and is hoping to improve (barely) on that position this year.

Video of winner Ryan Hall
Full Results

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