Thursday, July 16, 2009

“From Wisconsin to Worlds” Launches at RunnersWorld.com

Teg Solinsky Jager after 2009 5k SweepMatt Tegenkamp, Chris Solinsky, and Evan Jager have all officially touched down in Europe to begin their build up to the Berlin World Championships 5000m.  A new Runner’s World video series (produced by KIMbia.net’s own Jeremy Mosher), entitled “From Wisconsin to Worlds” has launched today at runnersworld.com. The series will follow the three former University of Wisconsin runners on their many travels, races, and general hijinks around the European racing circuit, culminating in the Men’s 5000m World Championship on August 23.  Check back every Monday and Thursday for a new video. The trailer for the series is after the jump…

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Star-Studded Post-Nationals Athlete Q & A

After hearing James Carney’s comments on his strong 10.000m effort at US Champs, we wanted to open up the lines and let you pick the brains of the rest of our athletes, with regards to their efforts at Nationals.  You asked, now they respond:

Teg at Stanford 2009Matt, how do you focus during a race, specifically on the last couple of laps? –Jacob McRoberts

Preparation for a race always starts in practice. (That sounds simple enough, right?) But this has been a very tough year of training and our races actually seem a little easier because of it.  It is always harder to get mentally prepared for practice, so we really try to concentrate on showing up to practice ready to put in the hard work.  Once in a race setting I just try to focus on competition!  If I worry about competing against the other athletes and forget everything else, it allows me to hurt that much more.  I don’t want to get in a situation where another athlete is able to run away from me so competition allows me to push through the pain as the race progresses. In the 5k, the race doesn’t really start until the last 1200m and we have worked on staying very relaxed until that point, trying to waste as little energy as possible. That allows me to stay mentally fresh and really get ready for the grind to the finish line. That last 1200m of the race has been a real work in progress the last few years and I am very confident in my finish. You just have to compete!!! Read the full article

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Lineth Chepkurui Snags Big Win, Payday at Peachtree 10k

chepkurui_lineth-worldxc09.jpgBattling a very competitive field in Atlanta on Saturday, Lineth Chepkurui, was able to score a huge win, a fast time, and a hefty paycheck at the Atlanta Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race.  The 21 year old Chepkurui kept a phenomenal 2009 going by edging out Ethiopia’s Meseret Mengsitu by just one second while also running a PB time of 31:31. She also collected $32,500 in race earnings after sharing a $35,000 bonus prize purse from the Professional Road Racing Organization with the men’s winner, Sammy Kitwara. Lineth became eligible for the purse by winning other PRRO road races earlier in the year. Lineth’s KIMbia mate, Elva Dryer, placed 18th overall and was 6th American in the women’s race.

With the win, Lineth has added one more reason for her to be considered the most feared young Kenyan on the road. Just this year she has won Peachtree, Cherry Blossom, Crescent City, and Bloomsday, a veritable “who’s who” of non-marathon American road races.

In the men’s race, Boaz Cheboiywo was an impressive 5th* 4th place in 28:05. James Carney ran 28:19 finishing 10th* 9th overall and was 3rd American in the Peachtree race, which served as the USATF 10k National Championship. Abdi Abdirahman won the US Championship in 28:11 and Anthony Famiglietti was 2nd in 28:15.

*Updated results after 4th place finisher, Tadese Tola was DQ’d for unsportsmanlike conduct after elbowing Boaz in the final 30 meters of the race.
Full Results for Peachtree here.

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Video: Tegenkamp and Solinsky On Nationals

After going 1-2 in the 5000m at USATF Nationals one week ago, Matt Tegenkamp and Chris Solinsky sat down and chatted with each other about their expectations going into the race and what the eventual results meant to them, before looking ahead to the World Championships in Berlin… Read the full article

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

National Championship Weekend Recap & a Call for Questions

Teg Solinsky Jager after 2009 5k SweepAfter this past weekend, we couldn’t be any prouder of the athletes with whom we have the pleasure of working.  There was a sweep of 5000m titles north of the Rio Grande (Simon Bairu and Matt Tegenkamp) and three additional US athletes with podium finishes and a national team berth (Chris Solinsky, Evan Jager and Tim Nelson).  But moreover, KIMbia athletes competed this weekend with verve and with guts, even if, in some cases, the end result was not a full reflection of their efforts. Read the full article

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