Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Live Chat with New National Record Holders Bairu & Solinsky

Who: 10,000m American & Canadian Record Holders Chris Solinsky and Simon Bairu
What: Live Chat with the fans
When: 1:30pm Eastern/10:30am Pacific

This is how it works: Type any question, comment, anecdote, or musing that you want Chris and/or Simon to hear in the box below, and they will respond live. It’s that simple. This is a forum for fans to interact with some of the world’s best runners in a way that is personal and fun and accessible to the people who really care about the athletes.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Solinsky and Bairu Obliterate National 10k Records at Stanford

KIMbia athletes did the memory of Kim McDonald proud on Saturday night, as Chris Solinsky and Simon Bairu smashed the American and Canadian national records, respectively, in the 10,000m race that bears McDonald’s name.

Last year, Tim Nelson won this race in a strong 27:39. In 2010, seven KIMbia athletes toed the starting line for the Kim McDonald 10,000m at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational, and this time, the results were outright astounding.  Chris Solinsky ran steadily in the lead pack for the duration of the race, before stepping around race leader Galen Rupp and making an explosive move with 900 meters to go. Solinsky covered the final two laps in under 2:00 to shock running fans the world over and stop the clock at 26:59.60 — a new American record by an eye-popping fourteen seconds.  Moments later, teammate Simon Bairu would complete his own impressive run, logging a 27:23.63 to set a new Canadian national record. Bairu’s time peeled 12.38 seconds off of the previous record.

Oh, and Tim Nelson? He ran 27:31.56 — an terrific eight-second PB. But this year, on an historic night, it would “only” place him seventh. Clearly, the legacy of Kim McDonald lives on in the performances of the athletes running under the “KIMbia” banner and in the ever-improving performances of athletes around the world. Following Nelson in were Brent Vaughn, making his professional debut at this distance (13th, 28:05), Boaz Cheboiywo (14th, 28:06), and Jason Hartmann (19th, 28:25). Full results can be found here, and a video of the race is at the bottom of the page.

We will have much more on Solinsky and Bairu’s record-breaking races as we move into the week.

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Chepkurui Rocks Bloomsday with 12k World’s Best

We already knew Lineth Chepkurui was one of the best female distance runners on the planet.  But after clocking 38:10 for the Lilac Bloomsday 12k — the fastest time ever recorded for that distance on the roads — she deserves consideration as one of the best female road athletes of all-time.  Her 2010 has certainly been no less sterling than a 2009 season that saw her win Peachtree, Crescent City, Cherryblossom, and, Lilac Bloomsday, and by shaving 25-seconds off of her wining time from last year, it seems that Chepkurui is in fact even better this spring.  Chepkurui enjoyed a 15-second advantage over the international field when she hit the tape, and took almost as much time — 12-seconds — off of the previous world’s best.  As if the winning time wasn’t impressive enough, the Iten-based athlete collected her third-straight Bloomsday title by turning the tables on reigning World Cross Country Champion Emily Chebet Muge.

In addition to Chepkurui, fellow KIMbia athlete Jelliah Tingea placed 5th in 39:33, while Gilbert Okari and Philemon Terer placed 7th and 11th, respectively, in the men’s race. [ Results ]

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