Thursday, October 21, 2010

Vote Solinsky for 2010 Jesse Owens Award

Chris Solinsky is up for the 2010 Jesse Owens Award, given by the USATF to recognize the most outstanding male and female athlete of each year.  Fans have a chance to tip the scales, and can do so by voting for one nominee. [cough cough Chris cough]  The online fan poll is worth 10% of the final media vote, and fans who vote have a chance to win merchandise for participating. But you have to get there by 11:59pm EST, TONIGHT.

While there are many worthy candidates on the men’s side – Chris is up against Tyson Gay, David Oliver, Christian Cantwell, and Bernard Lagat – Solinsky has inarguably had the breakout year of the five finalists, making the jump from talented American to bona fide international stud. Not to take anything away from Messers. Lagat and Oliver who each had an outstanding, American Record season… but Solinsky didn’t just take a razor to the 10,000m American Record.  He brought a chainsaw. Read the full article

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Our Newest Web Series: ROOKIES vs the WORLD

KIMbia Athletics is very proud to partner with the New York Road Runners to bring you ROOKIES vs the WORLD, a new web series that details the preparations of Simon Bairu, Tim Nelson, and teammate Shalane Flanagan for the ING New York City Marathon.  The trailer is below:

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Quigley Leads Americans at World Half Championships

In Nanning, China, Sean Quigley continued to establish himself as one of the top American long-distance road runners, placing 19th at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships on Saturday.  On an America contingent that incldued former US Road Champions Antonio Vega and Andrew Carlson, as well as Ben Bruce and Stephan Shay, Quigley was the first American across the line, leading the team to a 6th-place finish.  It was Quigley’s debut in the National Team uniform and at the Half Marathon distance. His finish time was 63:23, on a warm and humid day.

Full results are here.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Hartmann Top American in Chicago, KIMbia 1-2 in BAA Half

With the Chicago Marathon featuring a dramatic finish up front, Jason Hartmann had his own finish worth talking about, as he took 8th place in 2:11:06, the top American in the race.  Hartmann, a Michigan-native, was coming off a 2:12:09 winning effort at last year’s Twin Cities Marathon, and decided to forgo that race — the US Championship for the distance this year — in order to run with a world-class field and chase a fast time.  He successfully did both.

Hartmann settled into the chase pack early, coming through the 5k in 15:27. From there, the 29-year-old kept chipping away as other athletes fell off pace, finally climbing into the top-20 by the 20k and the top-10 at 30k.  Crossing the line 8th, Hartmann capped a massive improvement over his last finish in Chicago: 2006, his marathon debut, a race in which he managed a 2:15:50 for 20th place.  His 2010 performance was a massive betterment of his personal best both on this course and at this distance, shaving a solid 1:03 off his Twin Cities time and existing PB, and launching himself into the Top 40 American performers of all-time.   With his 2:11:06, he climbed more than 30 spots on the all-time list of US performers — just twelve seconds outside of the Top 30.

Meanwhile, Boston played host to KIMbia’s Kenyan contingent as they contended for a win in the BAA Half Marathon. Read the full article

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