Thursday, July 15, 2010

Andrew Bumbalough Joins KIMbia Athletics Family

Andrew Bumbalough will bring a broad range and impressive college credentials to KIMbia Athletics, after completing his career as a Georgetown Hoya. The Tennessee native has logged top-notch personal bests of 3:38.23 for 1500m and 13:30.77 for 5000m, against an 8th place finish in the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championships, making him one of the more versatile athletes to come out of the US college ranks.

Previously, Bumbalough — which is pronounced with a long “O” sound — represented the United States in 2006 at the IAAF World Junior Championships, both in cross country and in track and field as a competitor in the 1500m. This season, he placed third in the NCAA 5000m final, before coming to US Nationals and taking third among all senior men, sandwiched between KIMbia runners Tim Nelson (2nd) and Brent Vaughn (4th), in the results.

We asked Andrew to share a bit about himself as a person and as a runner.
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Monday, July 5, 2010

Chepkurui Retains Peachtree Title, Vaughn 3rd in US Champs

The final time may have been six seconds slower than her World Leader, but there’s no doubt that Lineth Chepkurui remains Queen of the Roads after winning the 2010 AJC Peachtree 10k in Atlanta on Sunday.  Returning to the site of her 2009 triumph, Chepkurui clocked 30:51 to win the women’s race by a whopping twenty-one seconds and finish within shouting distance of the world-leading 30:45 she ran in New Orleans three months prior.  Left in her wake was a field that included Olympian Kim Smith and Boston Marathon champion Dire Tune.

Chepkurui left the rest of the women behind early in the proceedings, and explained, “I didn’t want to worry about anyone … I just wanted to run my own race.”  Nor should she have much reason to worry: running even faster than she did in a stellar 2009 campaign, the African and World Best’s for 10k — 30:27 and 30:21, respectively — might offer the best challenge for her talents, presently.

The USATF 10k Road Championships were also contested as part of the Peachtree Men’s Race with several KIMbians in the field. Read the full article

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Runner’s World Previews Pre Classic with Matt Tegenkamp

Runner’s World chatted (briefly) with Matt Tegenkamp in the final days before Saturday’s Prefontaine Classic, the sixth stop in the inaugural season of the IAAF Diamond League. Along with teammate Chris Solinsky, Tegenkamp will compete in the Men’s 5000m against many of the best in the world, including World Championship-medalists Tariku Bekele, Eliud Kipchoge and Joseph Ebuya, and the hottest name in the 5000m event at the moment, Imane Merga, winner in Oslo and Rome, and third in Doha. Fans are hoping to see the first-ever sub-13:00 clocking on US soil, and both KIMbia athletes figure to be in the mix.

However, while Solinsky ran 12:56.66 in Oslo on June 4th, Tegenkamp’s sterling 12:58 PB was logged last summer, with his 2010 season spent only on under-distance to this point: three runs at 1500 meters. As Runner’s World spent its recurring “A Brief Chat With” feature with Matt, interviewer Peter Gambaccini focused largely on Tegenkamp’s entering the unknown of his first 5,000m of the season. Tegenkamp was quite candid on his plan of attack, even offering up some first-rate racing advice:

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