Monday, April 18, 2011

KIMbia Rolls in Mt. SAC 1500s

Though Chris Solinsky is one of the hottest America runners of the last two years, one has to reach all the way back to 2007 to find his 1500m PB.  Until Friday night, that is.

Stepping down in distance with teammate Matt Tegenkamp to take on a handful of mile specialists at the Mt. SAC Relays, Solinsky ran aggressively, taking the lead at the bell and proceeding to hammer home to a new lifetime best of 3:35.89, almost a second and a half faster than his previous PB of 3:37.27. Solinsky closed in (a reported) 54.45, but it wasn’t quite enough to snag the win as Russell Brown, a former NCAA runner-up in the mile, caught him at the top of the homestretch and won by 0.19 seconds. Tegenkamp — still the fastest Badger of the Jerry Schumacher-coached training group at 3:34.25 — placed sixth with a 3:40.06.

Making an even bigger step down in distance, Shalane Flanagan came back from her Worlds bronze over twelve cross country kilometers to take down college star Sheila Reid in the Women’s 1500m, posting a time of 4:11.67.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Did You Know…? Marathon Double-Dip Edition

This weekend the London and Boston Marathons will be contested.

Did you know that in 2004, KIMbia athletes swept those, the major Spring Marathons… on successive days? On Sunday April 18th, 2004, Evans Rutto won the London Marathon, and on Monday — Patriots Day — April 19th, Timothy Cherigat won the 108th Boston Marathon.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bairu Blogs About Pizza-Slowed Shamrock Shuffle Win

Simon Bairu took to the streets of Chicago this weekend, winning the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k. On his new website,, the Canadian star blogged about the race, stating that the plan for his race was to be aggressive early, and offering some play-by-play. “We hit mile 2 in 9:21 and mile 3 in 14:14,” he wrote. “At this point I was feeling okay but not great, but there were a couple of guys still with me so I decided to make a big push then cruise in home for the last mile. Final time was 23:38.”

Additionally, Bairu capped his visit with a culinary tour that he also described:

The food in Chicago was awesome. On Friday, I went to the historic Berghoff restaurant/bar for lunch and had their famous roast beef sandwich. I also promised myself that I would make sure I hit up some quality Chicago style pizza while I was in town and a couple of friends recommended Pizzeria Due in downtown Chicago. It was easily the best pizza I have ever had; the amount of pizza I ate probably added 10 to 15 seconds to my time but it was well worth it!

You can read the full blog at Simon’s website.

Photo courtesy Loraine Klein, Streamwood Digital.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Bairu and Bizuneh Victors at Shamrock Shuffle, Parkway Classic

After a months-long hiatus, Simon Bairu made his return to competition at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago. His winning time of 23:38 was one second faster than last year’s champion John Kemboi, though he enjoyed a wider margin of victory — seventeen seconds — than Kemboi’s five second gap. Said Bairu of his first race since last fall’s ING New York City Marathon, “I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off my competitive running season than to have won the 2011 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K.” Taking second behind the Regina native was high school sensation Lukas Verzbicas in 23:55.

Meanwhile, in Alexandria, VA, Fasil Bizuneh took first place at the Parkway Classic 10 Miler by posting a winning time of 49:09, fifteen seconds ahead of 2nd place. Bizuneh’s time was also eighteen seconds faster than last year’s winner.

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